Liposuction breast reduction in London
Liposuction has become the most common body contouring procedure in cosmetic surgery over the past two decades. Liposuction has increased in its safety and effectiveness which has increased its popularity. Before liposuction, the only method of fat removal was through surgical removal which was associated with significant blood loss and prominent scarring. Liposuction is a minimally invasive method of removing fat deposits with minimal scarring.
Many surgeons note during traditional breast reduction that the breasts of many women with mammary enlargement are predominantly fatty in nature. Despite this fact, liposuction as a main method to reduce large breasts has been slow to gain acceptance as a valid treatment option. Many plastic surgeons have previously believed that using liposuction to reduce large breasts could increase the risk of breast ptosis or dropping. Traditional breast reduction is accompanied with tightening of the breast skin at the expense of an increased scar burden. Liposuction results in the ability of surgeons to reduce large breasts without significant scars. Liposuction breast reduction also allows for a much quicker recovery compared with traditional surgical breast reduction and with less complications. Liposuction breast reduction is not for everyone but understanding the pros and cons of breast reduction with liposuction will allow many patients to benefit than was previously the case.
Many women dislike their larger breasts and therefore consider breast reduction surgery (mammoplasty). 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.
Always check that your surgeon is on the GMC specialist register for plastic surgery before proceeding with a consultation. All our surgeons are fully accredited plastic surgeons and only perform procedures in CQC regulated facilities. Our clinic at 106 Crawford Street was recently inspected and rated as good across all 5 domains. The Royal College of Surgeons of England has an excellent information resource on cosmetic surgery.
What is included in my treatment package?
- As many preoperative consultations with your surgeon as you like to make sure the liposuction breast reduction procedure is right for you
- Treatment at a specialist day surgery facility recently rated ‘Good’ by the CQC
- Enhanced same day discharge with the added benefits of recovering in your own home
- 24/7 clinical support from your surgeon for first 48 hours and our expert postoperative support team
- Your very own dedicated patient coordinator
- In-depth preoperative medical assessment to make sure you are fully fit for your procedure
- Exceptionally high standards of postoperative care described as ‘outstanding’ by the CQC with regular telephone and face to face checks
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Expected results with liposuction breast reduction
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.
Ideal candidates for liposuction breast reduction
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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Preparation for breast reduction with liposuction
At Centre for Surgery, we strongly believe that the success of any procedure including liposuction breast reduction can be improved with proper patient preparation. We strive to go above and beyond to make sure that all our patients are prepared as well as possible for surgery – physically, mentally and emotionally.
Before your breast reduction, you will need to:
- Stop smoking a few weeks before your surgery
- Avoid taking blood-thinning medication, aspirin and herbal supplements
- Undergo a medical evaluation
- You may need to have a baseline mammogram to detect any future changes in breast tissue
Scheduling a Mammogram prior to your breast reduction with liposuction
A mammogram is an x-ray examination which may be performed before or after your procedure to identify any changes to breast tissue. If you have a personal or family history of breast cancer or any other risk factors for breast cancer, your surgeon may recommend a baseline mammogram to be be done before your procedure.
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.
The liposuction breast reduction procedure
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.
Recovery after liposuction breast reduction
As opposed to a surgical breast reduction, you will have a quicker recovery time with liposuction breast reduction.
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.
Liposuction breast reduction before and after
36 year old Caucasian female 38DDD cup bra. After result with 38C cup bra. 940ml was removed from each breast.
26 year old Afro-Caribbean female 38DD cup bra. After result with 38C cup bra. 800ml was removed from each breast.
54 year old Caucasian female 38DD cup bra. After result with 36C cup bra. 800ml was removed from each breast.
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?Liposuction breast reduction 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 TIVA general anaesthetic for optimum safety and comfort.
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.
What To Expect
When you have a consultation with your surgeon, a number of measurements are taken of the body areas where fat is to be removed and an assessment will be made of the soft tissue quality in the breasts. Those who have good skin elasticity then you will be a good candidate for liposuction breast reduction. Your surgeon has is skilled in all types of liposuction including power assisted liposuction and the most appropriate choice will be made based on your physical examination. The surgeon will also give information on the location of the small incisions in the breast for the liposuction and also whether the liposuction is to be combined with another procedure.
High-resolution photos will be taken and your surgeon may also use computer digital imaging. Your surgeon will take time to discuss the important risks and potential complications of liposuction breast reduction surgery and what you can expect in the postoperative period.
The surgeon will also take a full medical history which includes previous operations, current list of medicines taken and any potential allergies. This information will be used to decide on your fitness for the liposuction breast reduction procedure. If you are deemed to be a suitable candidate for surgery then we would recommend to spend a period of time to reflect on all the information given. We always recommend a minimum of a '2 week cool off period' for to weigh up your options.
All our prospective patients are more than welcome to have as many follow-up consultations after their initial consultation to make sure you are fully empowered with all the information to make an informed decision for proceeding with liposuction breast reduction at Centre for Surgery.