About Breast Reduction Surgery
Liposculpture to the female breast is an increasingly commonly performed procedure. Many women are burdened by large breasts and complain of aching neck, back pain, neck pain and headache. Many women would love to decrease the size of these breasts to increase their level of comfort, but are unwilling to undergo surgery that could leave large visible scars and possibly change sensation of the nipple. They may also not be able to take 2 weeks off work or take too much time from their normal lifestyle activities for the recovery requirements of conventional breast reduction surgery.
Liposculpture provides an alternative. For women who are happy with the shape of their breasts and just want them smaller, between 30 and 50% of the volume of the breast can be removed by liposculpture, totally under local anaesthetic. The procedure takes a little over two hours and there is generally no loose skin over the breast, it feels much the same as prior to the surgery. In fact, there may be significant retraction of the skin, with elevation of the nipple, and aesthetically can look very nice.
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Breast Reduction FAQs
Who is a candidate for liposcupture to the breasts?
Any woman with large and heavy breasts, who is happy with the shape of her breasts, but just wants them smaller may be considered for this procedure.
Is anyone not a good candidate for breast liposculpture?
In general, women preferably, would have completed their family, not be breastfeeding and not have a problem with lumpy breasts or other breast problems.
Is it permanent?
Yes, the reduction in the size of the breasts is permanent, provided that your weight remains stable after the procedure.
Are there any scars or changes to the nipple sensation?
The small access holes are 3-5mm wide. There are usually 3-4 per side and these settle very quickly, 2 of them in the natural crease under the breast. They are not sutured after the procedure and essentially are invisible after a couple of weeks. As all the instruments used in this surgery are blunt, there is generally no change to how the nipple feels. This is very different to conventional surgery, where a large inverted T-shape incision is made and some of the nerves to the skin of the breast can be cut, altering sensation permanently.
Are any special tests necessary?
A mammogram and breast ultrasound is required before the procedure and again six months after the procedure.
What support garments are required?
A special compressive chest garment is used for the first few days after the procedure and then a support bra is used for a further 4 weeks after the procedure.
How long does the procedure take?
Most breast reduction procedures take from between 2 to 3 hours to complete, possibly longer if there is an extra skin of fat under the armpits.
How much time will I need off?
In general you should plan on taking 2-3 days off work. It would be about 3-4 weeks before normal gym activities or jogging could be started.
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