It is quite common to perform secondary procedures at the time of breast reduction. Many of these include body contouring procedures such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or liposuction of the abdomen and hips. Many physicians will liposuction the axilla or preaxilla (areas around the breast) to improve the contour at the time of breast surgery. Liposuction of the back would also be a reasonable procedure to perform at the time of breast reduction. Certainly, an additional surgery will add time, however, if you are in good health otherwise, this would be quite reasonable. The added benefits include additional shaping to match your smaller breasts, the avoidance of a second surgery, and decreased cost.
What Are the Positive Aspects of Having Breast Reduction Surgery and Back Lipo Together?
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Breast Reduction and Back Liposuction in One Procedure
The positive is that you have one surgery instead of two. Unless your surgery is planned to be very long, there is little down side.
Having back liposuction and breast reduction at same time does make sense.
The advantages of having liposuction of your back done concurrently with a breast reduction is that you will have more global contouring of your body, addressing both your issues at the same time versus on two separate occasions. This translates into one versus two recuperations, less overall time off from work and activities and less overall expenses. These two procedures are, indeed, commonly done at the same time. Of course, this would depend if you are healthy enough for the two procedures (which should be of little consequence if they could be done separately).
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Because the procedure you propose involves being placed in two separate positions, and the length could be approaching or exceeding 6 hours, I would advise that you separate these two. Also, if the liposuction is done first, then the whole time the breasts are being done, there is no compression garment on the lipo area and the tunnels are filling up with fluid making the recovery longer. Just not a smart idea in my opinion.
Breast Reduction/ Liposuction Combination?
Thank you for the question.
Assuming you are a good candidate for breast reduction and liposuction surgery then doing the procedures together may make a lot of sense ( as long as the first priority, SAFETY, is kept in mind). Doing both procedures at the same time allows for one visit to the operating room and one recovery period. Often times patients undergoing breast reduction surgery also benefit from liposuction of the infra axillary and lateral chest areas as well.
In person consultation with a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon will be necessary to evaluate feasibility and safety of doing these procedures together.
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