At a Glance
Many women dislike their larger breasts. In some instances, they will cause physical pain including back and neck pain. For others, they appear out of proportion to the rest of their body. Many may find them aesthetically unappealing and have trouble finding a bra and clothing which will fit properly and comfortably.
For women who not wish to continue to have larger breasts, you may wish to undergo a breast reduction. However, there are other options than a surgical breast reduction. You can also opt to have a breast reduction with liposuction for smaller degrees of breast reduction which avoids the scars of traditional breast reduction surgery.
Traditional breast reduction surgery involves numerous incisions which allow the surgeon to excise the skin and remove excess breast tissue and fat. However, many women do not wish to undergo such an invasive procedure, particularly one that will leave prominent, visible scars on the breast.
Fortunately, breast reduction with liposuction is a suitable alternative. This option involves smaller incisions and a quicker recovery time. This procedure is treated as an outpatient surgery, meaning you will be able to leave the same day as the procedure.
Breast reduction with liposuction may sound appealing, but it may not be a suitable procedure for all women.
This procedure will be suitable for those who:
- Do not require a breast lift
- Do not require a large amount of fat and tissue to be removed
- Would like less visible scarring
- Are in their 40s or above
Those who are in their 20s or 30s may not be suitable candidates. Breast reduction by liposuction removes fat from the breasts, which is more apparent in women who are older. This is because breast tissue becomes replaced with fat as we naturally age. Therefore women in their 20s and 30s will not have much fat to remove but will have more breast tissue. Women in this age group who would like a breast reduction may wish to choose the surgical options.
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Before having a breast reduction with liposuction, you will be required to attend a consultation with the surgeon. They will be able to assess whether or not you are an appropriate candidate for this procedure, or whether you would benefit from surgical breast reduction. The surgeon may also warn about the risks of travelling abroad for cosmetic surgery.
Surgical breast reduction generally involves incisions around the areolas and down to the breast crease, which allows the excess skin and tissue to be excised.
However, breast reduction with liposuction involves far smaller incisions. The surgeon will make two small incisions at the crease of the breasts. These will only be about one millimetre long. This allows for a small cannula to be inserted, which sucks out the excess fatty tissue. The removal of the excess fat from the breasts allows the elastic skin and tissue to retract, creating a natural breast lift.
Nerves and blood vessels will be maintained during the procedure. Breast reduction with liposuction will also be able to fix any asymmetry problems experienced prior to surgery.
As opposed to a surgical breast reduction, you will have a quicker recovery time with breast reduction with liposuction.
You may still experience some swelling and bruising where the incisions have been made. You may wish to take pain medication or apply ice packs to the area to help reduce swelling.
You will be given a compression garment which you will need to wear during the recovery period. This will help to reduce swelling and keep your breasts in the best possible shape.
The scars where the incisions were made may be more visible straight after surgery, however, with time they will fade and will no longer be noticeable.
What is the difference between surgical breast reduction and breast reduction with liposuction?Surgical breast reduction involves more incisions, which will be made around the areola and down to the breast crease. Breast reduction with liposuction involves two incisions beneath the breast crease, meaning scarring will be less noticeable and recovery time will be quicker.
Can I have breast reduction with liposuction?Breast reduction with liposuction is a suitable procedure for those who have large breasts and would like to reduce the volume.
It is suitable for those who do not also require a breast lift, do not have an excessive amount of fat and tissue to be reduced, and those who would like less visible scarring.
Breast reduction with liposuction is generally suitable for those who have already reached menopause. By this stage, much of the glandular tissue in the breasts is replaced with fat, which can be removed through liposuction.
If you need a larger reduction, you may wish to opt for surgical breast reduction.
Will I have to stay overnight in hospital?Breast reduction with liposuction is performed as a day case. This means you will be able to return home on the same day as your procedure and recover in the comfort of your own home.
What type of anaesthetic is used?This procedure will be performed under a general anaesthetic used exclusively at Centre for Surgery known as ClearSleep™.
Will I have scars?You will have very small scars beneath the crease of the breast. These will fade with time and be barely visible. This is often the appeal of this procedure, as surgical breast reduction results in far more visible scars.
What will the recovery period be like?You will experience a quicker recovery period after having a breast reduction with liposuction as opposed to surgical breast reduction.
You may experience some swelling and bruising. You may wish to take pain medication to help with any pain and discomfort.
Will I have to wear a compression garment?Following breast reduction with liposuction, you will be required to wear a compression garment. This will not only help to support the breasts but will help reduce swelling and keep them in the best possible shape.
Your surgeon will be able to advise you on what type of garment you will need to wear and the duration you will need to continue wearing it.