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Liposuction On Breast Cancer Patients


Liposuction can be a very rewarding investment for many women. Doctors are currently discovering new benefits for this procedure in breast cancer patients. Liposuction has proven to be an effective tool in helping women who have undergone surgeries to treat breast cancer.


The main benefit of liposuction is reducing the symptoms of a condition called lymphodema. Lymphedema is a secondary condition that develops after the surgical removal of cancerous tissue. During this removal, lymph nodes that are displaying signs of cancer are removed from the body. This causes lymphatic fluid to build up in the body. With no means of elimination from the body, lymphatic fluid is absorbed into the fat cells, causing them to swell beyond the normal range.


Lymphedema generally affects the upper arms. The swelling can be extremely painful and cause loss of mobility in the suffering arm. Since the main symptom of this disorder is swollen fat tissue, arm liposuction has proven to be an excellent remedy. Removal of the fat tissue in the upper arm relieves the swelling and restores mobility to the patient. 


Laser liposuction or traditional liposuction are considered elective procedures. Insurance companies will not typically cover cost of liposuction, therefore the financial responsibility is left to the patient. Doctors are currently running case studies in an effort to prove that liposuction surgery can be a medical necessity but these studies are still in the early process.



Traditional liposuction involves scraping the fat tissue loose and suctioning it out of the body. This type of procedure in viewed as an invasive operation. Laser liposuction inserts a fiber optic laser under the patients skin. The laser sends out pulses that liquify the fat tissue and leave it to be reabsorbed by the body. The use of the laser for liposuction is considered safer and the recovery period is easier on the patient. Minimal swelling and bruising occurs with laser liposuction or smart lipo. 


Speaking to a licensed liposculpture surgeon gives a patient better insight on the different procedures and the costs that are involved. Some types of lipo may be inappropriate for people who suffer from lymphedema. The surgeon must have all of the medical information to make a correct assessment. Financing options are normally available for elective procedures. 

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