Liposuction Breast Reduction Surgery Evaluated in Study

Small study of black women shows good results, high rates of patient satisfaction

TUESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Breast reduction surgery with liposuction may produce excellent results with a decreased risk of the scarring associated with traditional excisional breast reduction surgery, according to a report published in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Black patients in particular may benefit from the procedure because of the greater risk of scarring with traditional procedures.

Martin J. Moskovitz, M.D., of Image Plastic Surgery in Paramus, N.J., and colleagues studied 17 black patients aged 20 to 60 who underwent breast reduction with liposuction. Women who were concerned about breast ptosis were excluded.

The researchers found that the average amount of tissue removed during surgery was 1,075 cubic centimeters per breast. Post-operatively, the patients reported a significant decrease in breast-related symptoms and pain, and significant improvements in overall health.

"Liposuction breast reduction should be considered in women who complain of breast hypertrophy symptoms and are relatively unconcerned with breast ptosis issues," the authors conclude. "African-American women, who may traditionally forego breast reduction surgery because of scarring, are excellent candidates for this type of reduction procedure." Randomized trials are needed to compare the technique to traditional excisional breast reduction, they note.

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