Reasons for Breast Reduction
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a procedure where unwanted fat is removed from an area using a vacuum cannula. It is most often associated with the abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks, but it can also be used on more delicate areas such as the chin and the breasts. Though liposuction may not be able to remove a very large volume of unwanted breast tissue and doesn’t provide the lift of breast reduction surgery, it leaves tiny, hidden scars under the breasts and lowers the risk of complications.
Breast reduction via liposuction is an excellent option for older women. The liposuction only removes fat from the breast, and older women have more fat in their breasts and less breast tissue than younger women.
A woman who wants breast reduction via liposuction will have a consultation with Dr. Parakh to make sure she’s a good candidate. The doctor will go over the patient’s medical history and ask her what her goals are when it comes to breast reduction liposuction. She may need to go to her regular physician for some lab work and a physical exam to make sure she’s healthy enough for the procedure. Women over 40 or younger women with a family history of breast cancer will have a mammogram. Dr. Parakh will show her before and after pictures of former patients, and give her the opportunity to speak to these patients if she wishes to.
Dr. Parakh will ask her patient to stop smoking and stop taking certain anticoagulant drugs or supplements at least two weeks before the liposuction. These medications can make it hard for the blood to clot, and this can interfere with healing.
During the Liposuction
Before the liposuction, the patient takes antibiotics and has either general anesthesia or an intravenous sedation to keep her comfortable. Dr. Parakh will injecta large volume of saline solution, a vasoconstrictor and a painkiller into the breasts. This solution, called tumescent solution, causes the breasts to swell and grow rigid, which makes them easier to treat. The vasoconstrictor cuts down on blood loss by causing the blood vessels to narrow, and the painkiller adds extra pain relief. Then, Dr. Parakh makes two tiny incisions in each of the patient’s breasts and uses a 4 or 6 millimeter vacuum cannula to remove the excess fat. After this, the incisions are dressed, and the patient is put in a bra. The bra in turn is covered with a compression garment.
Other advantages of breast reduction through liposuction are:
- The length of the surgery is shortened. Regular breast reduction surgery can take as long as two to three hours, but liposuction breast reduction can take about 30 minutes to an hour.
- There’s less trauma to blood vessels and nerves.
- The pain and recovery time are lessened.
- There’s a higher chance of the breasts being symmetrical at the end of the operation, since the amount of fat removed can be measured fairly precisely.
Liposuction breast reduction is an outpatient procedure, and Dr. Parakh will see her patient the day after the treatment and during scheduled appointments to make sure all is well. While at home, the patient should change the dressings over the surgical wounds as necessary. She may experience something called ecchymosis, which is bruising beneath the skin, but this is normal and fades after about three weeks. The breasts may also be lumpy for a period, but this too is normal. The patient should be able to go back to work three to five days after her surgery, and return to the gym after about two weeks.
Dr. Parakh’s patients are overwhelmingly thrilled with their liposuction breast reduction. They are free of pain, have higher self-esteem and can wear the clothes they want.