Breast reduction surgery is a procedure done to reduce the size of the patient’s breasts. The surgeon will remove breast tissue, fat and/or stretched and sagging skin to make the breasts smaller, firmer and lighter.
Breast reduction is often performed because overly large breasts can cause pain in the back, shoulders or neck. They can also make it difficult for the patient to exercise. Cosmetic benefits include breasts that are symmetrical and in proportion to the rest of the patient’s body. The breasts will also stop sagging, and bras and swimsuits will fit better.
What is Liposculpture?
Liposculpture is a type of liposuction used to contour specific parts of the body. In liposuction, the surgeon uses a vacuum and a small tube called a cannula to remove fat deposits. In liposculpture, the doctor can use suction-assisted liposuction (SAL), ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL), or power-assisted liposuction (PAL) to minimize bleeding, enhance results and lower risk. Liposculpting does not just remove fat and inches; it reshapes the target area.
In liposculpture, the surgeon makes only a few small incisions, which reduces the recovery time. Many patients can return to work four or five days after the procedure and can resume an exercise regime a month later. Liposculpture patients will still have feeling in their nipples and still be able to breastfeed, unlike many patients who undergo other forms of breast reduction surgery.
In ultrasound assisted liposuction (UAL), the doctor will use a special probe to transmit ultrasound into the breast. The ultrasound liquefies the fat and makes it easier to remove. The procedure is risky and can cause blisters, burns or scars. Suction-assisted liposuction (SAL) is currently the standard method while power-assisted liposuction (PAL) uses a special cannula that vibrates and shakes loose the fat.
How is it done?
The surgeon will make a number of small incisions either on the sides of the breast or underneath it to make any scars less visible. He will then insert the cannula and extract fat deposits from the breast. With the remaining fat, the surgeon will sculpt a shape that gives the patient the look they want. The procedure typically takes two or three hours.
Breast liposculpture is generally performed as an outpatient procedure. The patient usually only needs a local anesthetic but may request a general anesthetic. The most common side effects are bruising and swelling. Some patients may find that their breasts are asymmetrical after the surgery, but this is temporary.
Who is a good candidate for breast liposculpting?
Breast liposculpting works best for patients wanting only a small to moderate reduction in size. It also works best for patients who mainly need to have fat removed. The ideal candidate for liposculpting will also have good skin elasticity and no sagging. Patients with large, asymmetrical or sagging breasts with stretched skin should look for an alternative procedure.
If you are considering liposculpture along with breast reduction, we at Las Vegas Laser and Lipo can answer any questions or concerns you might have. Dr. Edward Zimmerman can help see if liposculpting and breast reduction is right for you. There might be other options available to you to get the look you desire. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.