Breast liposuction removes any excessive fat deposits from the breasts. It is among the most popular choice of surgery in women over forty as it can have major benefits on their health by reducing the effects of some medical conditions.
What is Liposuction Breast Reduction?
One alternative to surgical breast reduction is liposuction breast reduction. There are several different reasons why this might be the breast reduction option most suitable for you. If you are struggling with very large breasts, which are causing pain, complications, or psychological angst, then liposuction breast reduction can often help. It is most suitable for women who are in the perimenopause or have passed menopause.
The reason liposuction breast reduction is most suitable for a menopausal or post-menopausal woman is that after this change, the glandular tissue in the breasts (predominantly there for breastfeeding) is replaced by fat deposits. The result is that the menopause can bring with it significant changes to the breasts, and in some cases, make them extremely large and uncomfortable. This can result in chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain.
With excessively large breasts come some other problems. Finding a suitable and well-fitting bra can become a distressing struggle. Infections and soreness under the breasts, as well as problems regulating your body temperature, also become apparent. Finding clothing that is adequately proportioned can be difficult. All of these effects have damaging consequences on your self-esteem and cause you to feel self-conscious and embarrassed.
Breast reduction liposuction is similar to liposuction on other areas of the body: it aims to reduce the fat content of the breasts. Overall, the difference between ‘before’ and ‘after’ will be less significant than with surgical breast reduction. However, you are likely to notice a difference in breast weight. The surgeon will be looking to remove less than 50% of the overall breast volume.
The surgeon will perform the liposuction through a very small incision, normally just beneath the areola (nipple area). Afterwards, you will have a dressing applied, which will compress the area, helping to reduce bruising. Recovery is usually quite quick, and less problematic, than more invasive breast reduction surgery. You will be given advice on recovery, but usually, you are advised not to reduce your bra size for around a month, whilst your breasts readjust to the change.
Liposuction Breast Reduction Cost
Breast liposuction is a lot cheaper than full breast reduction but it is best to check the prices for the procedure across several clinics to ensure that you get the most competitive price. The exact cost will depend on a number of different factors, including the amount of fatty tissue to be removed; and the chosen clinic. The procedure is usually carried out as a day case, and this reduces the costs. You can expect liposuction breast reduction to cost you between £2000 and £5000 depending on which clinic you choose, the type of liposuction, and the amount of fatty tissue you are having removed. Here is a cost and finance example from The Private Clinic:
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What Are the Benefits of Breast Liposuction?
There are several benefits of having liposuction to reduce the breast size, mainly that medical issues such as back and neck pain can be reduced and in many, eliminated completely. It also leaves you with the same shaped breasts as Liposuction only removes any excess fat, leaving you with a 30 to 50% smaller version of the original. It also means that you will have less noticeable scars than you would if you underwent any of the conventional breast reduction surgery and more importantly for some, that the recovery time is much less. As this is a less invasive form of treatment there are also fewer side effects after it has been completed. If your skin has sufficient elasticity then having liposuction can provide a noticeable breast lift without the need to undergo major surgery. It is also being tested as a treatment for Lymphedema caused by cancer surgery. When cancerous lymph nodes are removed it can result in extra lymphatic fluid in the closest fat cells. The use of liposuction to remove the fat cells can help to reduce the swelling and case studies are currently being carried out to prove its effects.
Who is Suitable for Liposuction Breast Reduction?
Women who are suffering the negative effects of large breasts have various options open to them. However, different options are more suited to particular cases. Liposuction breast reduction is most suited to older women, over 40, who are either in the menopause, or who have fully been through this biological change. The reason for this is that liposuction breast reduction removes fat tissue from the breast – this is proportionally more than breast glandular tissue, following the menopause. Younger women, who are looking for a breast reduction, will still have a high proportion of glandular tissue. This isn’t suitable for liposuction and these women are likely to be better suited to surgical breast reduction.
The suitability for older women is also exacerbated by them being less suitable for surgical breast reduction, due to increased risks of complications. Infections and wound healing difficulties, as well as notable scarring, are more apparent in older patients.
Liposuction vs. Open Surgery
The obvious choice when it comes to breast reduction is between liposuction and open surgery. There are pros and cons of both techniques and individuals need to weigh up the arguments for each type of breast reduction, within the context of their own unique situation.
Aside from the arguments pertaining to age, the main argument in favour of liposuction is its reduced invasiveness compared to breast reduction surgery. Conversely, the main argument in favour of breast reduction surgery is the ability to better predict the final outcome in terms of shape and size of the breasts, compared to liposuction.
In liposuction the procedure focuses on fat removal only. In breast reduction surgery, breast tissue (both glandular and fatty) can be removed, but this is combined with excess skin removal. However, after liposuction, the body will usually compensate for the reduced breast volume by the skin contracting to give a firmer feel.
Liposuction is less likely to cause either infection or necrosis (dying fat or skin), and notably, doesn’t cause scarring on the same scale as surgical breast reduction. The incision for the liposuction tool is extremely small, on the natural change from the areola to the breast skin. It is so small it often doesn’t even need stitching. The less invasive nature means that recovery is faster, and downtime less.
With surgical breast reduction, the nipples are moved. This can result in reduced sensation following the surgery. This is less likely with liposuction as the nerves serving the areola are not damaged in any way. Furthermore, liposuction is typically much cheaper than surgical breast reduction because it doesn’t require general anaesthesia or an overnight stay.