Gigantomastia is a rare condition that causes excessive growth of the female breasts. The exact cause of gigantomastia isn’t known. The condition can occur randomly, but it has also been seen to occur during puberty, pregnancy, or after taking certain medications.
Apart from breast heaviness and large cup size, other symptoms include breast pain, posture problems, skin fold infections, and back pain. While gigantomastia is considered a (noncancerous) condition, it can be physically disabling if not treated. In most of the cases Gigantomastia is associated with excess skin, nipple ptosis (sagging of the breast) and that is why the best treatment in these cases is breast reduction and lift.
Liposuction assisted procedure is a good alternative usually when the patient refuses reduction surgery or in cases associated with mild excess skin and moderate to sever ptosis. Breast liposuction can be done either under local or general anaesthesia. When it is done under local anaesthesia we use tumescent which is a numbing mixture of local anaesthetic, saline and drug that helps to shrink the blood vessels and minimises the bruising and bleeding during the procedure.
Benefits of Tumescent versus general anaesthesia are many. Using tumescent minimises the risk we experience during general anaesthesia such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, blood pressure fluctuation, cardiac incidents etc. Other benefits of awake liposuction is that smaller instruments are used which results in less bruising and trauma, and quicker healing is generally seen.