For certain women, breast liposuction can be a good alternative to traditional breast reduction surgery, which is more invasive than lipo. Women in the Tampa, Florida, area who are interested in breast reduction can consult with Dr. Daniel Greenwald, a board-certified plastic surgeon at Bayshore Plastic Surgery. Dr. Greenwald can explain the various surgical techniques that can be used to reduce the size of the breasts, including liposuction, and recommend the most appropriate approach for a woman who is a candidate.

Designed to target small pockets of fat, breast liposuction may be suitable for reducing the size of breasts that are overly large due to the presence of excess fatty tissue. It’s important to note that breasts are made up of both fatty and glandular tissue, and lipo is only effective for removing fat. Additionally, because liposuction cannot address hanging skin, it cannot improve the appearance of sagging breasts (a condition known as ptosis). In general, breast reduction by lipo can produce smaller, more symmetrical breasts, but it cannot dramatically change their shape or position.

If appropriate for a patient, breast liposuction can offer several advantages over traditional breast reduction surgery. These include:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Minimal scarring
  • Lower risk of surgical complications
  • Faster recovery
  • No effect on nipple sensation
  • No effect on ability to breastfeed
  • Less potential interference with mammogram interpretation (due to less scar tissue formation)

When performing breast liposuction at a surgery center in Tampa, FL, Dr. Greenwald creates a series of tiny incisions in a breast, then inserts a thin, hollow tube (cannula). Using the cannula, he manually breaks up the targeted fat cells and suctions them out of the body.

Depending on a patient’s anatomy and preferences, liposuction can reduce the size of a breast by up to 50 percent. For a woman who has good skin elasticity, lipo can also create a subtle lifting effect due to the resulting reduction in breast weight, which can allow the natural elastic properties of the breast skin to contract and create visible elevation. With that said, if a patient is specifically looking for a lifting effect, a traditional breast lift procedure would probably be more appropriate for her.

For certain patients who elect to undergo traditional breast reduction procedures, breast liposuction can also be used to enhance the final outcome by removing excess fat from the underarm (axilla) and bra line areas, if desired.

To learn more and find out whether you could benefit from breast liposuction, call Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 877-873-7522 to schedule a personal appointment with Dr. Greenwald at his office in Tampa, FL.