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The Liposuction Advantage for African American Breast Reduction Patients

Breast reduction surgery is a serious consideration of women adversely affected by oversized breasts. The considerations may be more serious for African American women with the elevated risk of excessive scarring following breast reduction surgery. It is a known concern that the risk for excessive scarring is higher in women of darker skin color, particularly keloid or raised scars. However, advancements in liposuction offer a means for African American women to be more alleviated from this concern. Liposuction has been used in breast reduction surgery in recent years with promising results.

The advent of using smaller cannulas to draw fat deposits out from under the skin during liposuction allows for very small incisions in less visible locations than down the center of the breast- the former approach. Study results published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery(R) Journal, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), indicates that liposuction breast reduction offers many African American women a scarless alternative in breast surgery.

So, quality of life improvement, bettered body proportions, elimination of associated medical conditions, and self esteem enhancement can be achieved for African American women interested in breast reduction today.

It is important to note that this approach will not address breast sagginess or droopiness. Breast sagginess and droopiness may be improved by the breast lift procedure which requires more lengthy incisions. However, the extent of incisions and consequential scarring in breast lift patients has decreased since the improvement of techniques in the breast lift procedure. In addition, there are advanced scar remedies today that were not available years ago, including: surgical excision, laser surgery, and silicone scar sheets.

In 2005, close to 800,000 African American women underwent plastic surgery and breast reduction was the second most commonly requested procedure among these women, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery statistics. Since then, breast reduction for African American women has taken on a new dimension with improved liposuction techniques used in reduction surgery.

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