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One Woman’s Journey: Liposuction for Breast Reduction

Many women with large breasts experience a range of side effects that have a negative impact on their lives every day. These psychological and physiological effects create frustrating experiences. Women with large breasts typically experience physical constraints such as chronic shoulder, neck, and back pain that can reduce their everyday physical activity.

Large breasts can also make it more difficult for some types of exercise and can lead to an unhealthy posture. Other side effects include psychological effects such as negative self-image, lower confidence, limiting clothing options, and the daily frustration of finding something to wear that will properly fit their body or even having to buy clothes that don’t fit properly to accommodate a larger chest. Luckily, breast reduction procedures such as liposuction for breast reduction are available if you find yourself troubled by or inconvenienced by any of these problems due to large breasts.

Liposuction for Breast Reduction: At a Glance

If you have been searching for a safe, less invasive way to reduce breast size, liposuction is a safe option with little downtime that has many advantages:

  • No scars
  • No loss of nipple sensation
  • Looks better, more natural than traditional breast reduction – no lollypop or anchor scars
  • No drains needed
  • No scar management / special dressing
  • Better posture: Standing straighter
  • Reduced neck and shoulder pain
  • Less back pain
  • Clothing fits better and more options
  • Gives appearance of weight loss
  • Changes overall profile – looks/feels like a whole-body makeover
  • Easier to find bras that fit and considerably less expensive
  • Able to breastfeed – no risk of injury to breast milk ducks

Insurance coverage: Breast reduction via liposuction is not covered by insurance.

Cost: Starting at $3,000-4,000. There is an additional cost if skin tightening for additional lift and or liposuction to bra line or side areas are added to the procedure.

Breast Reduction Volume: It depends on the ratio of glandular tissue to fat in the breast. The more fat the greater the reduction. Most women can expect a 50% decrease in breast size and weight.

Anesthesia: It is done with tumescent anesthesia with mild sedation. Patients are comfortable without the possible serious risks of general anesthesia.

Hannah’s Journey

Hannah is a working mom with young children. She researched breast reduction, but until she found our site, did not know liposuction was a viable option. She suffers from back and neck pain. She has the additional expense of visiting a chiropractor/massage therapist to alleviate her pain. She was seeking breast reduction with little downtime, and no scars which would still allow her to breastfeed. With the help of our team, Hannah went from a size J cup to a D cup!

“During surgery, I was awake but comfortable. I was surprised to see the change immediately, and even though I was sore immediately post-op, I felt lighter. Recovery went smoothly. The first few days were the worst, but I was able to immediately take care of my kids – including lifting them up because there were no lifting restrictions. I’m much more comfortable with my cup size and very pleased with the natural look, feel, and lift in my lighter breasts.”

Benefits of Tumescent Liposuction

liposuction for breast reduction

liposuction for breast reduction

Traditional liposuction is still a viable option for patients looking to remove stubborn fat deposits and contour the body. However, more patients lean towards options like tumescent liposuction for less invasive and just as successful liposuction results. Patients who choose tumescent liposuction receive an injection of local anesthetic and epinephrine. This targets the treatment area they are looking to alter. The solution causes both swelling and firming of the treatment area. Furthermore, this allows the attending physician to remove fat deposits more easily and with more precision. This type of approach results in less bleeding and generally, a quicker recovery time for patients. Additionally, patients don’t run the risks associated with general anesthesia, a lengthy hospital stay, or a long recovery period.

Tumescent liposuction is performed as an outpatient procedure with highly successful results. Patients can expect to leave the office unassisted the same day as the procedure. Additionally, they can resume normal activities within 24-48 hours following the treatment. We will walk you through each step of liposuction recovery and help you toward your ultimate goal.

How the Procedure Works

Breast tissue holds a greater percentage of fat than other areas of the body, and it only increases as a woman ages. Once a woman is in her 40s, she may be carrying around an even higher amount of fat tissue that can lead to the problems described above. State-of-the-art technology is used to remove this excess fat through a breast reduction surgery known as tumescent liposuction.

This liposuction procedure entails the use of a solution that is able to greatly shrink the capillaries found in the breasts and reduce possible pain and bleeding that can occur during the treatment, as well as lower the chance of future scarring.

After the capillaries in the breasts have been reduced, a cannula—a type of instrument used in most liposuction procedures—removes excess fat tissue through a small incision. This procedure avoids the glandular tissue found in the breast (it is important this tissue not be removed).

This procedure is less invasive than other liposuction for breast reduction procedures that involve exciting part of the breast tissue and suturing the nipple higher up the breast. These older techniques have a greater chance to leave bigger scar tissue; recovery also takes significantly longer.

With breast liposuction, there are no large incisions or scars. Removing the excess weight from the breasts gives them a natural lift, although the lift that occurs is generally less than the lift that can be achieved with open surgical breast lifts, which require large incisions and leave large scars.

Benefits of Breast Liposuction

This state-of-the-art procedure leaves you with less bulky, average-sized breasts and is best for females who are in their 40s. This technique also raises the breast naturally, as the reduction in weight prevents the breast from being pulled down further. It can be combined with a minimally invasive lifting treatment like BodyTite or BreastTite, which can give additional lift and tightening. However, breast liposuction procedures cannot produce as much lift as an open surgical breast lift, so if you have pendulous breasts or smaller breasts that sag significantly, this treatment may not be for you.

Weighing the pros and cons of breast alteration is an essential step when determining which approach is best for a patient. It’s essential that patients and physicians spend a significant amount of time discussing both physical and psychological factors before any procedure is performed. Many candidates for breast alteration will find they qualify for both traditional breast lift surgery or breast liposuction. Understanding the benefits of each procedure will help in the decision-making process. While both options ultimately provide a reduction in breast size, there are differences that should be noted. Surgical breast lifts can deliver drastic results in breast positioning but leave significant scarring and require a longer recovery period. Breast liposuction can successfully reduce breast size without surgical scars but should be performed with the expectation of a one to two-inch lift.

When it comes to altering physical appearance, the choice is highly personal. Patients should take the time to research their options and ask questions of their physicians whenever they are considering undergoing a procedure.  Let the professionals at St. Louis Laser Lipo give you a consultation and help you make the decision on how to achieve the breasts you have always dreamed of. We’re here for you!