Liposuction to Increase Breast Size?

Liposuction offers a wealth of benefits, including: fat loss for localized areas of the body, improvement to skin irregularities, and a treatment when all other solutions fail. In addition, a surprise to the medical community and patients alike is the possibility for increased breast size. Though the decision for liposuction should not be based on a reason of increased breast size, many liposuction patients have found that breast size is larger following liposuction.

After numerous liposuction patients reported an increase in breast size following liposuction, Dr. Eric Finzi of Maryland initiated a study to determine the validity of this claim. Dr. Finzi evaluated patient charts of over 60 women who underwent liposuction in the previous three years. The women had liposuction performed on various areas of the body. The study results were published in the September 2003 issue of Dermatologic Surgery, the official journal publication of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDA.)

Study Results Support the Premise

Many patient reports demonstrated an increase in upper breast pole projection and improved breast shapeliness following liposuction. The study results show promise for increased breast size for women with certain characteristics, including:

  • Increased breast size is more likely to occur from liposuction of hips, waist and abdomen when compared to other areas of the body.
  • Liposuction patients that were 15-30 overweight at the time of liposuction were more likely to experience a breast size increase.

The reasons for increased breast size following liposuction are numerous. It has been speculated that hormonal changes may increase breast size because fat tissue secretes hormones that may impact breast size. Another philosophy is based on the fact that the accumulation of fat following liposuction tends to gravitate to untreated bodily areas. Too, the location and distribution of fat is effected by genetic composition.

It is important note that liposuction is not performed for the purpose of breast enhancement. The only proven method for substantially increasing breast size and reshaping breasts is breast augmentation.


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