Liposuction surgery is often used to remove the fats in the abdominal area, however, what many people don’t know is that the procedure can also serve as a replacement for traditional breast reduction. When given to the right patient, it can reduce the size of female breasts by more than 50 percent.
In many cases, liposuction can also have a slight to moderate lifting effect because it can remove the weight of the excess fats.
Compared to the traditional breast reduction in which the excess fats, glandular tissue, and skin are removed, liposuction is less invasive; in fact, most patients can resume to most of their daily activities two to three days after the procedure.
But perhaps the most notable advantage of liposuction over traditional breast reduction surgery is that the risk of scar is almost eliminated. This is possible because plastic surgeons only use a few small round incisions where they insert a pen-like device that suctions out the fats.
Some women achieve better results than others after breast reduction via liposuction, especially those whose breast enlargement is primarily caused by excess fats rather than tissue. Many doctors have noticed that patients who have passed through their menopause tend to have more glandular fats than teenagers, making them a great candidate for this procedure.
However, younger women may also enjoy the benefits of breast reduction via liposuction as long as the excess fat is one of the contributing factors of their breast enlargement. To determine the amount of glandular fats, most doctors require their patients to undergo mammogram.
But still, not all women with exceedingly large breasts are a good candidate for liposuction. Those with macromastia—a condition in which the breasts are extremely big due to abnormal development of the glandular tissue—will likely need the excision-based breast reduction surgery.
Thin women with excessively large breasts often have more glandular tissue and little fats, making them a bad candidate for liposuction. For these patients, only the excision-based breast reduction can provide them good results.
After liposuction, the result is a smaller version of the breasts; however, patients should remember that the procedure cannot change the shape of the bosom.
In many cases, it can also create a slight to moderate lifting effect because the weight of the excess fats is remove, though patients should remember that the final result also depends on the elasticity of their breast’s suspensory ligaments.
Because there is only minimal trauma to the glands and nerve, there is little chance that breast reduction via liposuction will affect breastfeeding.