What is a Breast Reduction?

Excessively large breasts can be uncomfortable, restrict certain activities and cause back pain.  A breast reduction reduces overdeveloped breasts by removing fat, glandular tissue and excess skin from each breast, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer, while allowing them to be in proportion with the rest of your body.  Dr. Michael Epstein at MAE Plastic Surgery performs breast reduction surgery serving Chicago and many surrounding cities such as Evanston and Buffalo Grove, IL.

A breast reduction is almost always performed in conjunction with a breast lift  to raise the breasts, giving them a more youthful appearance.

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How is a Breast Reduction in Chicago performed?

Breast Reduction is an outpatient surgical procedure performed at our Northbrook Plastic Surgery facility. There are many variations for a breast reduction, but the most common procedure performed leaves a patient with incisional scars around the areola, vertically downward, and one that follows the curve of the crease beneath the breast.  Excess glandular tissue, fat and skin are removed, and the nipple and areola are moved to their new position. The remaining breast tissue is then drawn together, giving a new and more pleasing shape to the breast.  The procedure takes approximately two to three hours.  However, it may vary depending on the complexity of the breast reduction.

Recovery after Breast Reduction surgery:

  • Immediately after surgery, you may experience swelling, discomfort, bruising and tenderness, all of which are easily controlled with medication.
  • A sports-type bra must be worn for the first 2-4 weeks following surgery.
  • You can return to light activity within 2 days after surgery, or as you feel ready.
  • Most patients return to work within the first week after surgery.
  • Full physical activity may resume within 3-6 weeks after surgery.
  • Incision lines will continue to heal and refine for 1 year after surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions: Breast Reduction in Chicago, IL

How Much Scarring Will I Have After Breast Reduction Surgery in Chicago?

The primary incisions for breast reduction are located around the areola, under the breast, and down the lower mid breast. Initially, these incisions will be noticeable, but give it time. As the scars mature, they will fade and become less noticeable. It is unusual when a patient heals with exceptionally thick scars. Most of our patients find that the aesthetic and physical benefits of this procedure far outweigh any scarring that occurs.

How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost in Chicago?

Breast reduction is an investment in how you look and feel. The cost will depend on the complexity of your surgery. Come in for a consultation with Dr. Epstein to receive a personalized quote for your breast surgery.

Will Insurance Pay for My Breast Reduction?

Many insurance companies will pay a significant portion of your breast reduction costs. To qualify for medical coverage, specific requirements must be met. Contact your insurance company for specific details on your policy and coverage or call or office. We also have financing options.

How Big Will My Breasts Be After Reduction Surgery?

What size do you hope your breasts will be after Chicago breast reduction? Epstein does his best to customize each procedure and he will work with you to create breasts that are appropriately sized for your anatomy.

Can I Still Breastfeed After Breast Reduction?

Breastfeeding may be possible after breast reduction, but many women do experience difficulty. If you’re hoping to breastfeed after surgery, let Dr. Epstein know. He can help you decide if you should proceed with surgery now or wait until after you’re finished bearing children.

Schedule Your Chicago Plastic Surgery Consultation

Our board certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Epstein and Dr. Martin, perform plastic surgery for patients all over Chicago and the surrounding areas. Our office is only 8 miles east of Wheeling and 12 miles north of Evanston IL, so you can easily set up a plastic surgery consultation at your convenience. Call us today for scheduling.

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