How is it determined if auxiliary liposuction will be performed during a breast reduction? (photo)

Do I look like I could be a candidate?

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How is it determined if auxiliary liposuction will be performed during a breast reduction?

Usually in patients who are overweight, liposuction is performed at the sides of the breast, but this might not be covered by your insurance plan. Your photos with cloths on  make it difficult to determine if the liposuction is necessary. A personal examination and discussion with a certified plastic surgeon will be the determining factor for the answer to your question. Good luck to you, and  thank you for your question.

How is it determined if auxiliary liposuction will be performed during a breast reduction?

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, your bra, clothing, and angle of your picture is not very helpful. You will need to be examined by your surgeon to determine if liposuction is a viable option in your case. Please know that if the excess tissue is not part of your breast - insurance will not cover it. Loosing weight and acquiring a healthy BMI prior to your surgery will reduce your chances of requiring liposuction. A healthier weight will also decrease risks and complications associated with undergoing general anesthesia and the healing process.

Best wishes, 

Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
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How is it determined if auxiliary liposuction will be performed during a breast reduction?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well... Liposuction can be done if it's fat located around the patient's breasts, but the breasts cannot be liposuctioned alone, is not safe. Besides that, yes lipo can be done during a breast reduction around the breasts to give them a better look..

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction lateral chest region

Thank you for your post and picture. It is hard to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for axillary liposuction based on the photo provided. Axillary liposuction is commonly performed at the time of breast reduction surgery to remove any excess fatty tissue from the lateral chest region. It can also be used to contour and shape the look of your breasts. I recommend an in person consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to properly assess your needs. Hope this helps and good luck. James Lee

James Lee, MD
Montreal Plastic Surgeon
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How is it determined if auxiliary liposuction will be performed during a breast reduction?


Breast Reduction operations are performed in order to reduce the volume of the breast. In this operation we generally take an amount of skin tissue as well as breast tissue. If the patient has breast sagging along with the big and heavy breast that often can cause back problems a breast lifting operation can also be made with breast reduction operation.

The most important thing in the breast reduction surgery is to leave a minimal scar and to achieve symmetrical breast after the operation.  In order to leave a minimal scar we use a special tissue laser to make the incisions. By this way the scar will be minimum and the result will be natural.

Liposuction and breast reduction

You should ask your surgeon if he is going to offer liposuction as an ancillary procedure. Best of luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Axillary liposuction with breast reduction

Thank you for asking about your breast reduction.

  • Here's how it goes -
  • Many women have excess fat on the sides of the chest -
  • This fat is removed with liposuction at the time of your breast reduction - 
  • Otherwise you will bulge on the sides afterwards. There is an additional fee.
  • The axillary fat lies higher, just below the arm pit.
  • This can also be reduced with liposuction at the time - there may or may not be an addtional fee.
  • If you can see these bulges above your bra, point them out to your surgeon at the time of consulltation and discuss their treatme
  • Your surgeon may also point them out to you - so treatment is a joint decision.

Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Best for Shape & Contour

Usually when 'breast tissue' extends around to the back and sides, you would be a candidate. You would need an in-person evaluation in order to know if you're a candidate. But you can get amazing results when done with hi definition laser liposuction.  It changes the shape and contour of the armpit/sides/bra roll.  See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Liposuction and Breast Reduction

Liposuction, while not a standard component of a breast reduction, can serve as a useful adjunct. Patients often find that their excess extends to the lateral axilla. This can be excised directly, however, there are limits to how far posterior this incision can be extended. Liposuction can be employed to further improve this lateral contour as the lateral breast transitions to the axilla. Whether or not this is considered is based upon your surgeon. Additionally, as this is an adjunct treatment there may be an added cost.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board certified plastic surgeon.

Donovan Rosas, MD
Westchester Plastic Surgeon
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Axillary Liposuction with Breast Reduction

Axillary liposuction will complement most breast reductions.  It is not necessary but can improve the overall aesthetic result.  Most likely you would benefit from this but it is difficult to tell you this without an exam.  Good luck

Gaurav Bharti, MD, FACS
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
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