Breast Reduction by Liposuction

Breast reduction through the use of tumescent liposuction has proved to be successful in patients that are candidates for liposuction. It also has many other advantages – for instance, liposuction cost in Fresno is generally less than the cost of a traditional breast reduction.

To find out if you are a candidate for this Fresno plastic surgery procedure, schedule your consultation with Dr. Lopez today.

Liposuction with microcannulas can remove 30-50% of the breast volume with minimal risks and postoperative mortality. Patients who have a high percentage of fat in their breast and who don’t desire a significant change in the shape of their breast are good candidates for the procedure.

Realistic goals with this procedure include the following results:

  • Most patients will have breast that weigh less and the natural elasticity of the skin and breast tissues will elevate the breast and relative position of the nipple. There is usually a 2-3 cm elevation.
  • The breast are more comfortable, proportional, and symmetric.
  • The recovery is quicker with less postoperative pain and minimal scarring.
  • There is less change of nerve injury to the nipple-areola complex.

This procedure is not recommended for patients who want more than a 50% reduction in breast size and who have large pendulous breast that are largely devoid of fat. If the patient desires a significant change to the shape of her breast with an aggressive lift, then other traditional breast lifting procedures would be more appropriate. The vertical mammaplasty or lollipop procedure would be an example.

Prior to performing this Fresno plastic surgery procedure, patients are required to have a normal mammogram. The breast is then measured by a water-displacement method to estimate the volume of each breast. The amount of fat to be suctioned is then determined.

After the surgery the breasts are maximally compressed for 24 hours. The next day the compression is adjusted to a more moderate level. We recommend compression for 1-2 weeks. The final results are usually seen 4-6 weeks after surgery.