Breast Reduction by Lipoplasty (Liposuction) Means Fewer Scars

NEW YORK, NY (February 1, 2002) — While plastic surgeons used traditional techniques for most of the approximately 90,000 breast reduction surgeries performed in 2000, there is a growing interest among doctors and their patients in the newer method of "lipoplasty-only breast reduction," says the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). "Lipoplasty-only breast reduction appears to be a very safe and effective method of reducing breast size in appropriately selected patients," says James Baker, Jr., MD, of Winter Park, FL, chair of the ASAPS Breast Surgery Committee.

The ideal candidates for breast reduction by lipoplasty (liposuction) are women desiring breast contouring or a small to moderate reduction in breast size. "Reports in the medical literature describe several benefits of the lipoplasty-only procedure and few complications," says Dr. Baker. Patients like the fact that only small, inconspicuous incisions are required. The procedure is less invasive than traditional breast reduction techniques, and recovery is faster.

Lipoplasty is effective in reducing the breasts because a substantial portion of breast tissue is comprised of fat. But lipoplasty-only reduction may not be the best choice for every patient, cautions Dr. Baker. "There are still many patients for whom traditional techniques may be the best option," says Dr. Baker. "The surgeon and patient need to make that decision together, based on the surgeon's judgment and the patient's full understanding of both the benefits and limitations of the procedure."

ASAPS members attending the Society's annual meeting last year in New York City had the opportunity for accredited programs and instructional courses on minimally invasive breast surgery, including the lipoplasty-only technique. ASAPS instructional courses are available only to American Board of Plastic Surgery certified doctors who already are fully trained in the full range of traditional plastic surgery procedures.

"This procedure may seem simpler than other breast reduction techniques, but it requires an appropriately trained, board-certified surgeon to help ensure patient safety and a successful outcome," says Dr. Baker.

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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body.  ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.

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