Breast reduction is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the size of the breasts in order to create more proportional contours, alleviate physical discomforts caused by overly large breasts and improve overall self-image. Because the breasts are primarily composed of fat, some patients may wonder whether liposuction for permanent fat removal may be an alternative to breast reduction surgery. While either option can deliver beautiful results in the right patient, it’s important to consider your individual needs.
Liposuction May Help Improve Breast Size
Women with large breasts seeking only a mild adjustment in size may be candidates for a breast reduction using liposuction rather than traditional breast reduction techniques. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells and can be used virtually anywhere on the body to streamline contours and create a slimmer appearance.
Breast Reduction Isn’t Only about Fat Removal
However, it’s important to keep in mind that breast reduction surgery isn’t only about removing fat from the breasts. Breast reduction also maintains a focus on reshaping the remaining breast tissue, removing excess skin and lifting the breasts to a higher position on the torso. None of these can be accomplished with liposuction alone.
Because reducing breast size nearly always results in excess skin, most women interested in improving proportions with breast reduction should opt for a traditional breast reduction surgery rather than liposuction.
Liposuction Can Be Combined with Breast Reduction
To achieve the most comprehensive results, your breast reduction surgeon may combine liposuction with your procedure, particularly in the armpit area, which is more difficult to reach through a breast reduction. Combining procedures for a custom approach may be the best way to achieve your ideal breast appearance.