When many people think of cosmetic breast surgery, they automatically think about implants. After all, breast augmentation is well-established in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. However, the truth is that not every woman wants bigger breasts. Some would like nothing more than to reduce their large breasts and have a smaller, perkier silhouette. And some women have medical issues, like back pain and restricted movement, due to their large chests. For this reason, breast reduction has a high satisfaction rate. Make a consultation appointment at the surgical center in Visalia, which also serves the nearby Fresno and Bakersfield communities. Dr. Yoho can talk to you about breast reduction, and the excellent alternative of liposuction.
Typical breast reduction surgery can give patients the breast size that they want, but the tradeoff is the large, permanent, characteristic anchor scar. This is the result of the extensive incision which goes around the nipple, down to the bottom of the breast, and along the lower curve. Injections and superficial skin treatments may help to reduce the appearance of this scar somewhat, but they don’t go away. The scar tissue is often raised and discolored. Using liposuction to remove fatty tissue and therefore breast volume eliminates the large incision and scarring. Liposuction requires several very tiny openings that are usually 3-4 millimeters in length (about 1/8 inch), so the scarring is reduced to almost nothing.
Liposuction and breast reduction do not give the same overall results in terms of reshaping the breast, so it is not a clear choice for everyone. But many women who want reduction in volume without extensive scarring are happy to opt for the liposuction option. The breast can be reduced, and sometimes liposuction is also done in areas up toward the armpit to reduce some of the rolls and bulges in this area. In addition, some women desire correction for uneven breast sizes, and not having to worry about scarring is a major issue for this kind of correction as well.
Many women are pleased to find that there is some shrinkage of the skin and raising of the nipples after healing from surgery. Although liposuction will not change the overall breast shape, and there is no guarantee that the nipples will raise to a perkier level, liposuction is the less-risky option. Patients are left with the option of breast reduction or breast lift surgery later. If the breast reduction surgery is initially chosen over liposuction, patients cannot later change their minds and reverse the surgical scarring.
Dr. Yoho will make sure that you understand exactly what you can expect from liposuction for breast reduction. If you have medical issues due to large breasts, you should also ask about insurance coverage for this surgery. Look at before-and-after pictures, and go to your free, comprehensive consultation with Dr. Yoho. If you live in the neighborhoods of Fresno or Bakersfield, either call or fill out the online form for a consultation in Dr. Yoho’s handy Visalia office. This is a full-service surgical center where you can receive care from pre-surgery through follow-up.