Yes, a breast reduction can safely be performed on only one side of the breast. I recommend an in-office examination as well as a detailed discussion with a surgeon who you are comfortable with and who is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
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One sided Breast reductions can be preformed on patients who qualify. If you are worried about scarring there are a few different ways to preform the procedure where the incision is in different areas. As for the downtime for the surgery it is possible to get the procedure done during a break from school. To get more information i would come in for an in office consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon.
Far more important than the technique is the skill and experience of your plastic surgeon. Choose your surgeon rather than the technique and let them explain why one technique may be better than another.
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One should wait until breasts are fully developed and at the same size for several years prior to breast reduction. Unilateral or one side breast reductions may be performed in appropriate candidates. There is always some down time with surgery; in good medical candidates college break time should be sufficient.
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Thank you for your question. No online reviewer can make a diagnosis or treatment recommendation without an examination and full medical history. I would start with a face to face consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has experience in breast surgery. During your visit your surgeon should be evaluating your health to determine if you are a good surgical candidate and examining your tissues to get a sense of what type of procedure your tissues will allow. Only with a hands on exam can this be determined. During the consult you and the surgeon should be understanding of the goals and realistic outcomes of your choices. Once an exam and opinion is rendered then you can decide if surgery is right for you. Good luck.
Without examining you, it will be difficult to come up with alternatives that make much sense. You should consider seeing a few surgeons in person to see what options might be possible for you.Techniques vary quite a bit here and not everyone does all of them.
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It comes down to your goals. Liposuction may be able to reduce the larger breast but the question of nipple heights and symmetry of the breasts could remain nevertheless. Best and most cost effective may be mutually inconsistent. See a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss appropriate optiions for you.
Liposuction of the breast may be reasonable if the breast is fatty and not mainly firm glandular tissue. The lipo will not lift the breast up if it is saggy.
This can be the ideal situation for a liposuction only reduction. No visible scar and virtually no downtime. Find a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area who specializes in this particular type of procedure and look into it. Good luck.