When Having a Breast Reduction Do They Lipo the Side of Your Breast That Leads to Your Back?

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Liposuction Improve Results of Breast Reduction

Yes, Removing fat from the side of your breasts and chest wall at the same time as Breast Reduction if appropriate makes a big difference and well worth the extra expense and often makes a big difference.


Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Breast reduction and liposuction

The area on the side of breast extending to the arm pits are made up from the " tail of breasts" and fatty tissues in the arm pits. Usually, after breast reduction this area become more pronounced, if they are not addressed at the time of reduction mammoplasty. I routinely perform liposuction in this area to improve the results of the surgery. It adds 15 minutest to the operation, however it results to have more pleaseing shape of breasts. Time and effort well spent. 

Fereydoon S. Mahjouri, MD
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Breast reduction and liposuction

Liposuction can certainly be performed on the lateral aspect of the breast/back at the same time as a breast reduction.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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When Having a Breast Reduction Do They Lipo the Side of Your Breast That Leads to Your Back?

Your request is a fairly common one and easily done. Just tell your surgeon. It adds about 5 minutes or less per side to the case and when we do it there is not an extra charge.

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
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Discuss Lipo Of Lateral Breast With Reduction With Your Surgeon

You should discuss the possibility of performing liposuction of your lateral breasts at the time of your reduction with your plastic surgeon.  I sometimes do this, but not always.  It may or may not be feasible in your case.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Reduction and Liposuction

The choice to do liposuction at the time of a breast reduction is always individualized.  Thirty to forty per cent of my patients  choose to add on some liposuction or a tummy tuck at the time of breast reduction.  It can improve the result if adjacent areas are contoured at the same time and recovering from the two procedures at the same time is mangeable for most. Insurance does not cover liposuction.

Mary Lee Peters, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Breasts Reduction and Liposuction?

Thank you for the question.

You will find that the answer to your question will depend your exact situation and the plastic surgeon you choose to perform the breast reduction surgery. Some plastic surgeons will routinely use liposuction as a tool to help contour the breasts and the lateral chest wall area; some plastic surgeons do not.

Sometimes, it is necessary to remove additional skin in the area that you described;  otherwise patients will be left with significant skin/adipose tissue (fullness)  in this area. The downside associated with removal of skin in this area is  the necessity to extend the scar out to the side. Many patients will accept the scar for an improvement in the contour of the area.

Make sure you discuss your goals and concerns with your plastic surgeon.

Best wishes. Breast reduction surgery is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Reduction - When Having a Breast Reduction Do They Lipo the Side of Your Breast That Leads to Your Back?

That can be done but it is not necessarily part of the procedure, and you also should not assume that that will be covered by the insurance, to the extent that the procedure itself is.  Liposuction is normally not a covered procedure.  Either way, you should talk to your plastic surgeon and see what the choices are.  Sometimes you can have it done for a small additional fee; sometimes (depending on the extent of the procedure, the surgeon's policies, etc) it may be more involved. 

I hope that this helps, and good luck,

Dr. E

Alan M. Engler, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Breast reduction often done with liposuction.


Since you ask, you must have fullness on the sides, and this is taken care of with liposuction together with the breast reduction.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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