If you’re looking for a surgical procedure to help you get rid of belly fat and loose skin, a tummy tuck with breast reduction could be the solution for you.
Breast reduction surgery is performed to remove excess breast tissue and reshape the breasts. It’s also done to relieve back pain and improve posture. After the surgery, patients may experience less back pain and more physical comfort when wearing a bra.
The procedure can be performed on women who are unhappy with their breasts, but have normal weight gain or loss. The most common reason women have this surgery is because they have large breasts after pregnancy or breastfeeding. If you’re considering a breast reduction surgery, talk with your doctor about what kind of results you can expect from the procedure. Your doctor may also recommend that you meet with a plastic surgeon before your consultation so that they can discuss your options and expectations further.
tummy tuck with breast reduction
A tummy tuck with breast reduction is a procedure that combines liposuction and a tummy tuck to remove excess skin and fat, as well as tighten the abdominal muscles. This procedure can be done on its own or in conjunction with other procedures like a breast lift or augmentation.
During the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision around the belly button, removing any excess skin and fat. They may also remove some of the underlying tissue if it has been stretched out by pregnancy or weight gain. Your surgeon will then tighten up muscles underneath the skin so that they pull inwards, creating a smaller waistline. The scars from this surgery are typically hidden inside of your underwear line so they are not visible when wearing clothes.
After your surgery is complete, you’ll need to wear compression garments for about three weeks to help reduce swelling and encourage proper healing. You should also avoid strenuous activities for about six weeks after the procedure.
When your body shape changes, you can be left with remnants of the previous shape that aren’t pleasing. If you’ve experienced weight loss, for example, or following pregnancy, you might have loose skin or a bit of a protruding tummy that doesn’t match your new shape. Some women also find that the size of their breasts are too large and cause physical discomfort. What can be frustrating is that these areas tend to not respond to regular diet and exercise.
But you don’t have to live with the protruding tummy or the sagging, too-large breasts, constantly looking for clever ways to camouflage them with clothes. There are cosmetic surgery procedures that can help contour and sculpt your body. An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) can flatten and tighten your abdomen, while breast reduction surgery can reshape and reduce the size of the breasts, giving you the silhouette you’ve worked hard to achieve.
How Is an Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck Performed?
Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, gives the patient a flatter abdomen by tightening the abdominal wall muscles and removing excess skin and fat. The surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic. It can take 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the patient and extent of the procedure.
The plastic surgeon makes a horizontal incision above the pubic bone. The length and shape of the incision is determined by the degree of correction necessary. The abdominal muscles are tightened with sutures then excess skin is removed. In some cases, liposuction may also be performed to remove fat cells. A small incision around the navel is made to reposition the belly button.
What Happens at a Breast Reduction Surgery?
There are various surgical techniques for a breast reduction. The technique used by Dr. Dickie at the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery involves making an inverted-T incision that circles the areola, extends downward and follows the curve beneath the breast. Glandular tissue, fat and skin is removed to achieve the intended size before the nipple and areola are repositioned. Liposuction may be used to ensure the overall shape is aesthetically pleasing.
Can a Tummy Tuck & Breast Reduction Be Done Together?
A tummy tuck and breast reduction are complementary surgeries that can help contour the body after weight loss or pregnancy. And it is possible for a patient to have both breast reduction and tummy tuck surgery at the same time. The abdominoplasty is usually done first so that any downward movement of skin and muscle is completed before the breast reduction. Afterward, the patient can expect to see a noticeably different shape with a flatter, smoother abdomen and smaller, less pendulous breasts.
Since a tummy tuck and breast reduction are significant surgeries with general anaesthetic, the patient must be in very good health to become a candidate for a combined procedure. Extensive tests will be conducted in advance to determine the patient’s suitability for combined surgery.
Even if a combined surgery is not an option, patients can elect to have the surgeries separately. Usually the tummy tuck is performed first then, after a full recovery, the breast reduction surgery occurs. While this course takes longer, the results should still be a more pleasing body shape.
Ideal Candidates for a Tummy Tuck and Breast Reduction
People who have experienced significant weight loss yet have a protruding or sagging abdomen despite healthy diet and exercise habits are good candidates for a tummy tuck. Women who finished having children and feel their abdominal muscles are too lax are also good candidates for abdominoplasty. Some patients choose to have a tummy tuck to recontour the abdomen after an earlier surgery left scarring or puckering.
Breast reduction surgery ideally suits women who experience pain, discomfort or even limited physical activity because of large or pendulous breasts. Reducing the size of the breasts can make a remarkable difference to a woman’s confidence and her activity level.