There are many reasons why a person would consider having a breast reduction procedure. These can range from back and/or neck pain, nerve damage, wanting a more proportionate figure, or wanting to avoid unwanted attention. All of these reasons are valid. However, whether it’s for cosmetic or practical purposes, it’s common to have many questions about what reducing your breast size entails.
What is liposuction breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery (also known as reduction mammaplasty) is a procedure that’s performed to remove excess fat and tissue from the breasts. It’s usually considered by women for whom the size and weight of their breasts have become uncomfortable and/or disruptive and wish to have a smaller cup size.
The procedure can be performed at any age. However, it is recommended for individuals to wait until their breasts have fully developed before scheduling an appointment. This will prevent the need for having to undergo a second breast reduction.
At Innovations Medical, we perform SmartLipo breast reductions, which is a minimally-invasive procedure that’s done under local anesthesia. It works by using a laser that melts fat and tightens the skin by using the body’s natural healing process. The liposuction is done through a small incision around the breasts — which means minimal scarring. It requires two or three small incisions, and it can be completed between one and two hours.
Our very own Dr. Bill Johnson was one of the first physicians in North Texas to perform the procedure. He’s been doing so for longer than any other doctor in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area — having performed more than 5,000 SmartLipo procedures.
Benefits of Liposuction Breast Reduction
There are several benefits to having a liposuction breast reduction. The most common ones include:
- Ending chronic back and/or neck pain
- Ending rashes and/or skin irritation under the breasts
- Minimal scarring
- Less loose skin
- Better nipple position
- Better results than with a traditional breast reduction surgery
- Outpatient procedure
- A lower cost than traditional breast reduction surgery
- A shorter recovery time
Recovery Time for Liposuction Breast Reduction
The recovery time for a liposuction breast reduction is minimal, although it typically involves mild bruising. You will be able to resume your regular activities gradually — being able to return to work within five days, and being able to exercise within two weeks. You may also be required to wear a supportive bra while your body fully heals.
The recovery time may be extended if you combine a liposuction breast reduction with other cosmetic enhancements. Full results will be visible within three months, although final results can take up to a year.
Ideal Candidate for Liposuction Breast Reduction
An ideal candidate for a liposuction breast reduction includes people for whom the size of their breasts interfere with daily life. This can be due to chronic pain, nerve damage, skin irritation, heaviness on the chest area, and/or poor self-image. In addition, it’s crucial for all candidates to choose to undergo the procedure to meet the following conditions:
- Doing it because you want to do it — not because someone is pressuring you
- Being in good psychological health
- Being in good physical health
- Having realistic expectations
- Controlling diabetes
- Quitting smoking
Cost of Liposuction Breast Reduction
The cost of a liposuction breast reduction will depend on how much tissue needs to be tightened, as well as whether you’re combining the procedure with additional cosmetic enhancements. Once you have completed an initial consultation, we will be able to provide you with an estimate based on your specific needs.