Is Breast Liposuction a Better Option for Busty Women Than Traditional Reduction?
Princess 19 on 7 Oct 2011 at 9:00am
Nearly 300,000 women enlarged their breasts in 2010*, but there are ladies out there who suffer the plight of overabundance - resulting in back pain, breast sagging, and skin irritation. When one’s cup “runneth over,” there is a an option for reduction that won't leave the telling "lollipop scar."
Liposuction for breast reduction is a little-discussed procedure recently covered in the UK's Daily Mail. They say you can get similar results to traditional breast reduction without having to slice open the breast.
"It’s similar to the technique used to remove so-called moobs [man-boobs] in men, where excess tissue means they appear to have breasts," says Dr. Puneet Gupta of London's The Private Clinic, where it is called Microlipo.
He adds that "on average, the procedure reduces the breast by three or four cup sizes."
Dr. Gupta claims that Microlipo is suitable for women with cup sizes up to F/G - but he has used it for larger sizes.
"I feel that liposuction alone can be used only for a very small breast reduction where there is no significant sagging," says Louisville-based plastic surgeon, Dr. John Whitt.
They say that for larger-cup sized breasts, a simpler liposuction procedure would not give the same cosmetic outcome of a traditional breast reduction. The volume would decrease, but the sagging and excess skin would still be apparent.
To sum it up:
|Minimal incisions and scars||Won't correct sagging|
|Less downtime||Doesn't help asymmetry|
|Supposedly less painful||Not commonly performed|
Traditional Breast Reduction
|Removes excess skin||Larger, more visible scar|
|Corrects sagging||Longer recovery period|
|Re-size stretched areola||Stitches|
|Possible loss of nipple sensation|
|Possible loss of breast-feeding ability|
The traditional method utilizes various cuts to remove breast tissue and fat – as well as (gasp) moving the actual nipple. The alternative procedure utilizes a smaller cannula, a thin metal tube normally used in liposuction. It is inserted into the fat layer below the skin via a tiny incision near the breasts. The surgeon literally sucks out the extra breast tissue and fat, reducing the size of the breast – just like conventional lipo.