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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.

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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.
Dr. Terry Myckatyn, MD and Dr. Marissa Tenenbaum, MD

Dr. Terry Myckatyn and
Dr. Marissa Tenenbaum:

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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 & After

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

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