Heavy and sagging breasts are often a cause of concern as they cause neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain. Breast reduction surgery is effective to reduce breast size and significantly reduce shoulder, neck and back pain, however, not all women are prepared to go under the knife to get smaller breasts. There are other non surgical options that have been marketed to reduce breast size and in this blog, I’ll discuss what these options are and how well they work.
Breast liposuction is great for patients requiring very smaller volume reduction. Good skin elasticity is a must as the skin shrinks due to changes in breast size following liposuction. Women, with good breast shape, with no stretch marks, and good skin elasticity, are good candidates for liposuction. This treatment is best for women with more fatty tissue, compared to glandular tissue, and who require small volume reductions.
An important note is that breast liposuction reduces volume and weight, but does not correct the breast shape. By deflating the breast, there is a high risk of breast ptosis, which results in loose saggy skin or droopy breasts. While there may be some nipple elevation with liposuction, it can’t be guaranteed for all patients. Breast liposuction is an option that will leave minimal scars. Typically, it is effective in patients over 50 years old who are only concerned about the functional reduction in weight and size of the breasts and scars, rather than the breast shape and aesthetics.
Surgical Breast Reduction including a lift
For patients requiring greater volume reduction, breast reduction surgery is the only, most effective option as it promises reduction in size, improvement in shape and a breast lift. This is an operation that delivers both functional and aesthetic benefits with minimal complications and improved wellness and quality of life.
When you are serious about breast reduction, consultation with a plastic surgeon is recommended. The surgeon will evaluate all options to help you determine if it is the right procedure for you. You should allow the healing to proceed uninterrupted for 4-6 weeks. Scars can take up to 12-18 months to mature so time is a critical factor in the healing process and that needs to be taken into consideration before having the surgery.
If you have any questions related to breast reduction, 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.