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How Efficient Is Liposuction on the Breasts

As the name suggests, scarless breast reduction is a procedure that reduces the appearance of scars post-surgery, offering a solution for patients dealing with the side effects of overly large breasts. But what exactly is this procedure, and how does it differ from traditional breast reduction surgery? This blog aims to give you a comprehensive understanding of the scarless breast reduction technique. We will discuss what the procedure entails, its benefits, and who makes a good candidate.

Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr Bish Soliman performs breast reduction surgery, as well as breast reconstruction and breast augmentation.

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What Is Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure designed to reduce the size of overly large breasts. When you have breasts that are disproportionately large for your body, it can lead to physical discomfort. You may experience back, neck, and shoulder pain and skin irritation.

The goal of breast reduction is to create a breast size that is in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts. The procedure involves removing excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size that aligns with your body structure. However, breast reduction surgery is a complex procedure that can leave significant scarring behind.

How Is Breast Reduction Surgery Performed

Traditional methods of breast reduction involve making incisions on the breasts, removing excess tissue, and reshaping the remaining tissue to create smaller, lifted breasts. The most common technique is the “anchor” or “inverted-T” method, which involves making an incision around the areola, a vertical incision from the areola to the breast crease, and a horizontal incision along the breast crease.

While these methods are effective in reducing breast size, they come with a number of drawbacks. The invasive nature of the surgery means a significant recovery period and potential complications such as loss of sensation in the nipples and inability to breastfeed. Moreover, these methods often leave noticeable scars. The shape and length of scars are dependent on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed.

What Is Scarless Breast Reduction?

The scarless breast reduction technique entails a different approach to breast reduction. The procedure uses liposuction to remove excess fat from the breasts. Unlike traditional methods, this technique does not require large incisions or the removal of skin and glandular tissue. Instead, it uses small, discreet incisions through which a thin, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted to suck out the excess fat.

Scarless breast reduction, also known as breast liposuction, delivers the dual benefits of reducing the size of your breasts and contouring them. However, the procedure is not recommended for all patients with overly large breasts as it only deals with the fat tissue and not the excess skin or glandular tissue.

The Process of Liposuction on the Breasts

The process of liposuction on the breasts involves making small incisions in inconspicuous areas, usually in the crease under the breast or around the areola. A cannula is then inserted into these incisions to break up and suction out the excess fat.

This method of breast reduction is less invasive than traditional techniques. It causes minimal trauma to the breast tissue and hence results in less post-operative pain and a quicker recovery time.

The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and typically takes one to two hours. It may be performed as a stand-alone procedure or in combination with other procedures such as a breast lift for enhanced results.

Benefits of Scarless Breast Reduction Technique

The scarless breast reduction technique comes with a host of benefits. First and foremost, as the name suggests, it leaves minimal scars.

Secondly, the procedure offers a shorter recovery period compared to traditional methods. You can expect to return to your normal activities within a week or two. It’s also worth noting that the procedure doesn’t result in a loss of nipple sensation or impair your ability to breastfeed.

Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Liposuction?

The scarless breast reduction technique may be a good option if you are in good health, have realistic expectations, and are looking to reduce your breast size without the extensive scarring associated with traditional methods.

It’s important to note that this technique is most effective for women whose breasts contain a larger proportion of fat as opposed to glandular tissue. This is typically the case for older women, those who are overweight, and women who have been through menopause. A mammogram can help determine the composition of your breasts.

It’s also crucial that you have good skin elasticity, as the skin needs to retract after the removal of fat. If you have sagging breasts, a combined breast lift and liposuction procedure may be recommended or the more traditional breast reduction approach.

What to Expect During and After Breast Liposuction Procedure

Before the procedure, you will have 2 consultationss with Dr Bish Soliman where you will discuss your goals, expectations, and any concerns you may have. Dr Bish will also evaluate your health and determine the appropriate technique to achieve your desired results.

During the procedure, you will be under general anaesthesia. After the procedure, you can expect some swelling and bruising, but these should subside within a few weeks.

In terms of recovery, most women can return to work and light activities within a few days. However, strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided for about four to six weeks. Dr Bish will provide specific post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery.

FAQs about Breast Reduction Surgery

How many sizes can you go down with breast liposuction?

  • The number of sizes one can go down with breast liposuction varies depending on individual circumstances such as the initial size and the amount of fat versus glandular tissue present in the breasts. Generally, breast liposuction can reduce the breast size by one to two cup sizes. It is essential to have a detailed consultation with Dr Bish Soliman to understand the potential outcomes in your specific case. It is worth noting that breast liposuction is suitable for reducing fat in the breasts rather than glandular tissue, and it may not be the best option for individuals with a significant amount of glandular tissue.

Is liposuction better than surgical breast reduction?

  • Whether liposuction is better than surgical breast reduction is subjective and depends on individual needs, the amount of reduction desired, and the composition of the breasts. Liposuction is generally less invasive, has a quicker recovery time, and leaves smaller scars compared to traditional breast reduction surgery. However, surgical breast reduction can offer more significant reduction and can also address issues such as sagging, which liposuction cannot. It is recommended to discuss your goals and medical history with Dr Bish to determine the best option for you.

Is liposuction more painful than breast reduction?

  • The pain experienced during and after liposuction compared to breast reduction can vary based on individual pain thresholds and the specifics of the procedure performed. Generally, liposuction is considered to be less painful than a full surgical breast reduction as it is less invasive and does not involve the removal of glandular tissue or skin. However, both procedures involve some level of discomfort and a period of recovery. It is essential to follow all post-operative care instructions and to communicate with Dr Bish Soliman about any concerns regarding pain or other symptoms following the procedure. It is always recommended to consult Dr Bish to understand what to expect from each procedure.

What is the recovery time for breast reduction surgery and breast liposuction?

  • The recovery time can vary based on the individual and the extent of the procedure. Generally, recovery from breast liposuction can take around two to three weeks, while recovery from breast reduction surgery might take a bit longer, generally around four to six weeks. It is essential to follow Dr Bish’s post-operative care instructions to facilitate a smooth recovery.

Can I breastfeed after undergoing breast reduction or liposuction?

  • Breastfeeding after a breast reduction or liposuction can be more challenging, and in some cases, it might not be possible. Both procedures can potentially affect the milk ducts. It is recommended to discuss any concerns with Dr Bish before the procedure.

What are the potential complications of breast reduction and liposuction?

  • Like all surgeries, both breast reduction and liposuction come with risks. Potential complications can include infection, bleeding, scarring, asymmetry, and changes in nipple or breast sensation. There might also be complications related to anaesthesia. It is crucial to choose a qualified surgeon to minimise risks.

Will insurance cover breast reduction and breast liposuction procedures?

  • Insurance coverage for these procedures varies widely depending on your insurance provider and the specific circumstances surrounding the surgery. In some cases, if the procedure is deemed medically necessary — for instance, to alleviate back pain or other health issues caused by large breasts — it may be covered. It is recommended to consult with your insurance company and Dr Bish to understand the potential costs and coverage.

What is the ideal age for undergoing breast reduction or liposuction?

  • There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” answer to this question, as the ideal age can depend on a variety of factors including individual health, the reason for the surgery, and breast development. Generally, Dr Bish recommends waiting until the breasts have fully developed before considering reduction procedures.

How long do the results of breast reduction and liposuction last?

  • The results of breast reduction and liposuction are generally long-lasting. However, various factors such as ageing, weight fluctuations, hormonal changes, and pregnancy can affect the results over time. It is important to maintain a stable weight to enjoy long-lasting results. Regular follow-ups with Dr Bish can help in maintaining the results and addressing any concerns timely.

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About Dr Bish Soliman

Dr Bish Soliman - Sydney Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, about us 01 2x
Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon
FRACS (Plas), MS (Plas), MBBS (Hons 1), BCom

AHPRA Registered Medical Practitioner MED 0001679053 Specialist Registration in Plastic Surgery

Dr Bish Soliman is a Sydney-based Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who performs aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body as well as skin cancer surgery.

He currently holds two consultant microsurgery positions in major Sydney hospitals performing complex microsurgical reconstruction including DIEP breast reconstruction.

After graduating from The King’s School, Dr Bish completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Sydney. After working briefly at a major Sydney finance firm, he decided to pursue his passion and long-term goal of a career in medicine. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame at the top of his class, receiving First class honours and the prestigious Bower and Sherrard medal. He then went on to complete his junior medical training at Westmead Hospital during which time he was awarded Junior Medical Officer (JMO) of the Year, as well as a finalist for NSW Doctor of the Year.


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