Liposuction is a basic surgical technique used to remove fat from the body. Significant advances in the last twenty years have been made in both surgical techniques and equipment, including breast reduction surgery.
What a Breast Reduction Can Achieve
Liposuction can decrease up to 50% of the breast size if there is enough proportion of fat tissue in comparison to the muscle or glandular tissue in the breast. The breast can be made much smaller, but the breast’s nipple position and overall shape will stay the same. If a complete breast reshaping is needed, then a surgical-incision technique will be administered.
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
Having a breast reduction by Dr Andre Safvat; along with other skilled plastic surgeons who specialise in breast reduction is essential. Patients should be honest and forthcoming when going over their goals and expectations with their surgeon.
Both you and the plastic surgeon of your choice will determine the liposuction technique that will accomplish those goals and realistic expectations. With multiple adjustments and improvements made over the years, the liposuction procedure has become the most administered and one of the safest and effective surgical procedures, when performed by experienced plastic surgeons who specialise in breast surgery.
Breast Reduction Through Tumescent Liposuction
A tumescent liposuction consists of injecting a significant amount of fluid which is a solution of local anaesthetic lidocaine, saline and epinephrine into the tissues that are going to be suctioned out using a cannula. This particular technique has been used by surgeons for more than two decades, but it is continuously being refined and is now currently the most popular used method for eliminating fat from different areas of the body.
The fluid, sometimes up to three times the amount of fat to be removed, causes the immediate area to swell. The solution detaches the tissues, decreases bleeding, and allows the cannula to move easily underneath the skin during the procedure. Because only the operated area is anaesthetised in a breast reduction procedure, the patient can usually stand or sit during throughout the surgery, allowing the plastic surgeon to perfect the contour in a natural position.
Suitable candidates for a breast reduction procedure through tumescent liposuction are individuals with large amounts of fat in their breasts. Generally, postmenopausal women have breasts that have larger proportions of fat than younger or teenage women do. Some overweight women who are pre-menopausal age have large proportion of breast fat too and are also suitable candidates for a breast reduction by tumescent liposuction.
Because a critical determining factor in achieving an excellent outcome from breast reduction via tumescent liposuction is the amount of fat that’s present, your plastic surgeon should always make it very clear as to what results you can realistically expect. Each and every case is customised to the individual patient; being honest with your plastic surgeon about your goals and expectations is an important part as it will help your surgeon decide what procedure is best for your situation.