MicroLipo Breast Reduction featured in the Daily Mail on
31st May 2012.
MicroLipo Breast Reduction featured in The Sun Newspaper
8th September 2011.
ITV Lorraine Kelly show featured MicroLipo procedure for Breast Reduction – May 2011.
MicroLipo for Breast Reduction, as recommended on TATLER 2011 Guide to Beauty and Cosmetic Surgery.
The problem: Excessively large breasts can cause pain, physical impairment and psychological problems. Sport is significantly limited. Chronic changes in posture can lead to chronic pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. Pressure from bra straps can cause permanent indentations of the shoulders.
Large breasts can predispose women to yeast infections of the skin in areas where the skin rubs together. A woman who has very large breasts may regard them as cosmetically undesirable. Finding a bra that fits and is comfortable may be impossible. Clothing does not fit well.
Treatment: Revolutionary to the UK, the Microcannula Technique or MicroLipo permits breast reduction without the need to undergoing major surgery. It is minimally invasive and as such it allows rapid postoperative recovery, quick return to normal activities, and virtually no scarring.
The advantages of MicroLipo (Breast Liposuction) for breast reduction are:
- No General Anaesthetic
- No Surgical Scars
- Minimal Trauma to Breast Tissue
- Rapid recovery. The typical patient can return to work and normal social activity within two to three days after surgery
- Minimal risks of postoperative complications
Traditional breast reduction, known as surgical-excision breast reduction, involves cutting the breast with a scalpel to remove large amounts of breast tissues. Problems associated with surgical-excision breast reduction include the risk of keloids or excessively large scars, uneven sized breasts, abnormal appearance of the skin near the nipple, impaired nipple sensation, and possible nipple damage.
The result: Not only can Microcannula Liposuction can reduce the breast by more than 50 percent in size, the breasts are also lifted to a significant degree.
Our team: We are the UK’s leading authority in minimally invasive procedures. We are amongst very few clinics in the Country certified in the MicroLipo procedure. We offer this treatment exclusively at our Harley Street clinic in London and our clinic in Bristol. MicroLipo has scored 9 out of 10 on TATLER 2011 Guide to Beauty and Cosmetic Surgery. Simply put, by coming to us for your chest reduction treatment you can rest assured you are in the hands of the most highly qualified, capable and experienced doctors in the country.
|MICROLIPO||BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY|
|Minimally Invasive||Major Surgery|
|Local Anaesthetic||General Anaesthetic|
|Virtually no scars||Extensive scarring – The scars are anchor shaped, around nipple and down to infra mammary crease. Puckering of areola due to sutures.|
|Walk-in walk-out procedure||Hospital overnight stay|
|Minimum risk of infection||Increased risk of infection due to size of incisions and the pull on the scar running down under the breast (severe tension).|
|Light bruising||Extensive bruising|
|Minimum interference with nipple area||Repositioning of nipple with risk of necrosis, loss of nipple/areola|
|Minimum downtime after surgery||Up to six weeks recovery and time off work|
Some of your questions answered
With the Microcannula Technique large amounts of very dilute local anesthesia is injected into the fat causing the targeted areas to become swollen and firm. The fat is then removed using microcannulas with a diameter less than 3 millimeters. The use of microcannulas allows smoother and uniform results.
The Microcannula technique is the brainchild of Dr. Jeffrey Klein who wanted to achieve excellent cosmetic results but with rapid post-operative return to normal activities. Since the invention, Dr. Klein has taught the technique to hundreds of doctors in California.
We are one of few European clinics certified in the KleinLipo tecnique.
Micro Liposuction Breast Reduction Step-by-Step:
- Measure the volume of each breast
- Use indelible ink to draw lines on the breasts that will help the doctor during the infiltration process, and during surgery
- The doctor will inject a small volume of local anesthetic into the skin
- Create a tiny 1 mm diameter holes in the skin using a skin punch
- Do liposuction of the breast using microcannulas
- After liposuction is completed, put on breast compression garment
- Shower and change pads twice daily for the next few days. Most patients can discontinue the use of breast compression garments within 3 to 6 days
No Surgical Scars
Surgical scars are not visible in most patients after breast reduction by liposuction using microcannulas. Evidence of the micro-incisions, that are much smaller than 1 millimeter, usually disappears within a few weeks. In contrast, traditional breast reduction is associated with much larger scars and more visible scars.
Liposuction reduces breast size in direct proportion to the volume of fat removed. Liposuction reduces the weight of the breast and allows the natural elastic tissue in the breast to retract and produce a visible breast lift.
Breast-Feeding After Breast Reduction
Breast-feeding after breast reduction is a more likely possibility after liposuction using microcannulas than after a surgical excision. Because there is minimal trauma to glandular breast tissue it is reasonable to predict that a breast reduction by liposuction should not interfere with future lactation. Breast-feeding may not be possible after traditional surgical-excision breast reduction because the excisions and subsequent scaring severs and blocks the milk ducts.
Minimal Trauma to Breast Tissue
There is so little trauma to the breast tissue that x-ray examinations of the breast, known as mammograms, usually appear normal after microcannula liposuction of the female breast. In contrast, after excisional breast reduction, x-ray mammograms show calcification and other changes in appearance.
Local Anesthesia Vs General Anesthesia
Breast reduction by liposuction using microcannulas can be accomplished totally by local anesthesia. Local anesthesia is usually considered safer than general anesthesia. In the hands of a surgeon who is well trained and experienced at doing liposuction totally by local anesthesia, breast liposuction is routinely accomplished with virtually no pain.
Correction of asymmetry
Measuring the breast volume is accomplished by immersing the breast in a beaker full to the brim of comfortably warm water. An accurate measurement of breast volume is necessary for planning the amount of fat to be removed from each breast. If the breasts are originally unequal in size, then the surgeon can remove an appropriate extra volume of fat from the larger breast, and thus improve the symmetry of the breasts.
MicroLipo breast reduction is more appropriate for a certain type of women. However, for the right patient, the results can be extremely gratifying. The best candidates have breasts that contain a large proportion of fat. A good candidate must also have realistic expectations.
- After menopause, much of the glandular tissue in the breasts is replaced by fatty tissue, thus post menopausal women with large breasts are usually very good candidates.
- Young women who are somewhat overweight might also have breasts that contain a significant amount of fat, and therefore would also be good candidates for liposuction of the breasts.
- Breast reduction by liposuction will produce a smaller version of the breasts that a woman had before liposuction. However, the breasts’ overall shape will be very similar to their shape before liposuction.
- Women who are not ideal candidates for breast reduction by liposuction include those whose breasts contain more glandular tissue than fat tissue.
- For breasts that appear to sag or droop significantly and contain only a small amount of tissue, liposuction will not provide satisfactory cosmetic improvement. Such “empty” breasts contain little fat and therefore will not be improved by liposuction. Cosmetic improvement of “empty” breasts usually requires excision of skin, as well as breast implants.
- Liposuction can usually be expected to provide no more than a 55 percent reduction in breast size. Women who need more than a 55 percent reduction in breast size might be happier with the results of traditional surgical breast reduction surgery despite the unsightly scars associated with the excision of skin and breast tissue.
Preoperative scan of the breast is prescribed in order to rule out existing malignancies.
Any type of surgery can result in a surgical complication. Traditional breast reduction by excision is associated with more complications than breast reduction by liposuction. A complication that can occur with liposuction is excessive bruising due to the use of a poorly designed elastic compression garment and inadequate post-operative compression. This bruising typically resolves without any permanent problem.