Liposuction breast reduction is a surgical technique that uses suction to remove fat from the breast. Sometimes called “scarless” breast reduction, liposuction-only techniques result in very tiny, almost imperceptible scars; traditional breast reduction surgeries leave longer, more noticeable scars. Breast reduction surgery can help relieve the discomfort caused by heavy breasts, in addition to allowing patients to engage in more active sports, and eliminating any self-consciousness caused by disproportionately large breasts.

How Liposuction Works

While liposuction breast reduction surgery is not performed as commonly as traditional breast reduction surgery, liposuction on other body parts including the thighs and hips is a very popular cosmetic procedure. During the procedure, the surgeon inserts slender tubes called cannula through very small incisions in the skin and suctions fat out through them. Surgeons may use a variety of techniques.  These may include:

  • Tumescent liposuction, which involves bathing the fatty tissues in a local anesthetic before removing them.
  • Ultra-sound liposuction, which employs ultrasound to turn the fatty tissues into liquid before suctioning them out. This technique is used less frequently for breast reduction.

Benefits Of Liposuction Breast Reduction

The benefits of using liposuction to reduce breast size are that this procedure results in very minimal scarring, the recovery time is rapid, costs are lower, and the surgery itself is less invasive than traditional breast reduction. In fact, it can often be performed using only local anesthesia. In addition, studies have shown that liposuction breast reduction leads to high patient satisfaction rates.

What Patients Are Best Suited For This Procedure?

Breast reduction by liposuction alone works best for young women who desire to have their breasts reduced by 50 percent or less. It is also best suited for young women with somewhat fatty breasts, rather than breasts that are predominantly glandular tissue. Liposuction helps tighten the skin, giving the breasts a more lifted appearance, but it does not improve the shape of the breasts as traditional breast reduction surgery does. 

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For this reason, liposuction-only techniques are also appropriate for older women who like the idea of a less invasive, less expensive procedure with a faster recovery time and who do not desire to have the shape of their breasts enhanced. Although liposuction will not help to reshape droopy breasts (ptosis), many older women may simply choose to wear a bra to remedy this problem.


In addition to the fact that liposuction cannot improve the shape of the breasts, some surgeons are concerned that treating the breasts with liposuction can make breast cancers harder to detect. Liposuction results in denser breast tissue, and mammographic images of dense breast tissue are more difficult to read.

If you have a family history of breast cancer, breast reduction by liposuction may not be your best option. But, if you are looking for minimally invasive procedure that will lighten the weight of your breasts and leave almost invisible scars, liposuction-only breast reduction may be just what you are looking for.