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Saint Louis Laser-Assisted Breast Reduction

What is a laser-assisted breast reduction? A laser can be used as a part of any breast reduction procedure. Specifically, instead of using a knife or scissors, a carbon dioxide laser is used to remove skin. This technique reduces blood loss, tightens part of the remaining breast tissue, shortens anesthesia times and may speed recovery.

Click here to learn more about breast reductions.

Associated Procedures:
A laser-assisted breast reduction may be combined with several other procedures including:

  1. Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Frequently, patients wishing to improve the contour of their abdomen choose an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. An abdominoplasty is best for people with loose skin and lack of abdominal muscle tone who have undergone significant weight loss or for women who are dissatisfied with their shape after having had children and are looking for a so-called "mommy makeover.”
  2. Liposuction. Removal of fat from the armpit region, sides, thighs, back and buttocks with standard tumescent liposuction,ultrasonic-assisted liposuction or SMART laser-assisted liposuction provides a nice complement to refinement of the breasts with a laser-assisted breast reduction.

Length of procedure: 60 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the size of the breasts.

Estimated recovery time: You can return to work after 1 to 2 weeks and should avoid vigorous activities for 3 to 4 weeks. Visible bruising should clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, and swelling begins to resolve within 3 weeks. Drain tubes may be used and usually stay for a couple of days. To learn how to prepare for a laser-assisted breast reduction and what to expect afterwards, click here to download our patient instructions for breast reduction.

Side effects: Common side effects include bruising and swelling. The shape of the breast may change over time, and the final result may not be realized for a few months. Delayed wound healing may occur, especially in those with large breast reductions, diabetic patients and patients who have undergone radiation. Infections and hard lumps in the breast called fat necrosis can develop but usually resolve on their own. Click here to download a detailed consent form from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that lists the risks and benefits of a breast reduction.

Before-and-after photos of breast reduction results: Click here

To schedule a consultation, contact our St. Louis office by phoning 314-996-8800, requesting your consultation online, or emailing us today.

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Meet Our Surgeons

There’s something different about West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University. Not only do our surgeons provide an accessible and patient-friendly atmosphere, but we uphold Washington University’s reputation for cutting-edge procedures. We invite you to learn more about our surgeons.
Dr. Terry Myckatyn

Voted among the "Best Doctors in St. Louis" and "Best Doctors in America" by Best Doctors, Inc. since 2008, Dr. Terry Myckatyn is no stranger to being recognized for his work in plastic surgery. A board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in the United States and Canada, Dr. Myckatyn specializes in all forms of cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction. Read On

Dr. Marissa Tenenbaum

Dr. Tenenbaum – a board-certified plastic surgeon – specializes in all forms of cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction, employing techniques acquired through working with some of the most respected cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons in the country. She has been voted among the "Best Plastic Surgeons" and "Best Doctors in America" by St. Louis Magazine. Read On

Emily Weinhaus P.A.

A licensed physician’s assistant, Emily performs non-invasive cosmetic procedures, such as BOTOX® injections, fillers, laser skin resurfacing, laser hair removal and spider vein treatments. Read On