Traditional breast reduction and lift surgery is the best option for women who wish to lift their breasts and remove a large amount of tissue from their bust. The introduction of 'laser bra' surgery has captured the imagination due to the choice of words that convey the message of 'hi tech' and 'support' respectively. But is it revolutionary? Necessary? Or plain hype? In this blog, I’ll explain what exactly is laser bra surgery and how it differs from a traditional breast lift. Knowing this information can help you choose the right surgical procedure to get you the results want.
Laser bra surgery is aptly named due to the additional maneuver performed during breast reduction or breast lift surgery where part of the outer skin is ‘treated’ with laser to create an internal dermal bra that is secured to the breast bone, which supports, as well as lifts the breast. The surgeon uses laser energy to vaporize the superficial skin including the upper dermis and epidermis. Unlike traditional lift surgery, which involves removal of excess skin, laser surgery does not remove the skin, instead it uses the skin to make an internal bra, that’s then anchored to support and give your breasts the much-needed lift. So you can enjoy an internal bra made of your own breast tissue that won’t be felt by the body. However, breasts tend to droop again over time as a result of gravity.
Laser surgery is typically performed as part of a traditional breast lift, which means scarring is almost the same, with an incision around the nipple, then from the nipple to the crease beneath the breast, and across the crease under the breast. The scar is similar to an 'anchor scar' of breast reduction. There are no scientific studies comparing the Laser Bra technique with a traditional lift method. Until such studies are performed one is unable to make an objective assessment of the two methods.
In addition to a breast lift, if a patient is seeking a breast reduction as well, that can be done at the same time. A breast reduction reshapes and sculpts the breasts, while reducing their cup size, to provide a more youthful shape and look. Again the scarring is almost the exact same as a lift or laser bra surgery. You will get horizontal incisions in the crease under the breast, that extend vertically up to and around the nipple, creating an anchor pattern.
Despite the extensive scar, traditional anchor pattern breast reduction is the best method for removal of excess skin, both vertically and horizontally, for women with big breasts. The resulting scars can often be hidden by bathing suits and even low cut tops. The other popular method of breast reduction is more recent and results in the more acceptable ‘lollipop' scar.
When it comes to finding the right approach for your breasts whether it’s a lift or reduction, or both, it’s important to seek the advice of a certified plastic surgeon. They will help you to explore all of the options, and determine the most effective approach that will meet your particular goals.
If you have any questions related to breast lift or laser bra surgery, and live in Sydney, I invite you to attend one of my free Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery information evenings. Click on the button below to learn more and register for a seat. This is perfect for people who are not yet ready to commit to a one on one consultation but have some questions they’d like answered by a certified plastic surgeon. Come along and ask me questions directly in a friendly, small group setting.