Liposuction Studied As Alternative in Breast Reduction

Small study finds high satisfaction rate among patients, minimal and transient complications

TUESDAY, Sept. 26 (HealthDay News) -- In select patients, liposuction-based breast reduction may be a safe and effective alternative to incisional techniques, according to the results of a small study published in the September issue of Dermatologic Surgery.

Steven D. Mellul, D.O., of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City, and colleagues studied 14 women (mean age 59) with breast hyperplasia, ptosis or both, who underwent liposuction-based breast reduction.

Overall, 93 percent of the patients were satisfied with the results. They found a mean nipple elevation of 2.57 cm, with patients over age 60 having a nipple elevation of 3.16 cm compared with 1.79 cm in younger patients. The researchers report that most patients were able to return to normal activity within six days and that minimal and transient complications included dysesthesia in one patient and prominent fibrosis in three patients.

"This procedure affords patients breast reduction through small access points without large incisions," the authors write. "Therefore, it is believed that liposuction of the breast will evolve as an excellent alternative and useful adjunct to a multiplicity of incisional procedures."

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