Breast Reduction

Women with large breasts often experience pain, discomfort, and embarrassment. Large, disproportionate breasts can cause back, neck, and shoulder pain, and skin irritation, and can interfere with day-to-day life and comfort. For many women, breast reduction surgery can help improve their comfort, posture, and self-confidence.

When you come in for a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, we’ll discuss your goals for the procedure and whether you’re a good candidate for surgery. Take a look at our breast reduction before & after gallery to see some of the amazing results we’ve helped our patients achieve.

What Our
Patients Say

Dr. Schierle and his team were outstanding! From the initial consultation to the final outcome, it was an extremely patient-centric and quality experience. Dr. S listened to and actioned my input and he was very sensitive to my needs. The recovery and results have been amazing. I have already recommended Dr. S and the practice in general to my friends and family. I am 1000% delighted. Thanks to the whole team and especially to Dr. S.

- Elizabeth D.


What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a surgery used to make the breasts smaller. Breast reduction can be a good choice for women who have back, neck, or shoulder pain, or feel self-conscious about the size of their breasts. This procedure also can reposition the nipple and create a more youthful breast shape. At Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Neil Fine and Dr. Clark Schierle work tirelessly to customize each breast reduction surgery for our patients. If you decide to go this route, we’ll work with you to decide how much breast tissue you would like removed and what techniques will be most effective for you.


Benefits of Breast Reduction

Breast reduction can provide you with a wide range of benefits including alleviated pain and discomfort, the ability to perform more physical activities, increased breast shapeliness and symmetry and boosted self-confidence. Many women also find it much easier to find clothing, undergarments, and swimsuits that fit them post-surgery.


How is Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?

During breast reduction surgery at Northwestern, your surgeon will make an incision, remove excess breast tissue and skin, and then reposition the nipple. In some cases, the areola is also reduced. Depending on the amount of tissue you need removed, the incision pattern used may vary. The most common incision techniques are the keyhole incision and the lollipop incision. Scars from incisions are usually easy to conceal and will fade with time.


How Much is a Breast Reduction?

Reducing breast size is sometimes considered a medically necessary procedure, and at least part of the cost of breast reduction may be covered by insurance. In order for the procedure to be covered, you must have breasts that are large enough to cause health issues such as bone and joint issues, breathing problems, nerve pain, chronic rashes, or poor self-image. Even if you’re seeking a breast reduction for purely cosmetic reasons, we want this surgery to be within reach for you. That’s why we accept a variety of payment methods and offer accredited medical financing options.


What To Expect During Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home after the surgery is complete. Before the surgery begins, you’ll be placed under general anesthesia. The surgery itself will take between 2-5 hours to complete, depending on the techniques used. After the surgery, your breasts will be dressed to help facilitate healing. In some cases, your surgeon may also need to place drainage tubes for the first couple of days post-surgery. You should plan on having someone drive you home after the procedure and stay with you for at least the first night or two. You should also plan on taking a few days off of work to rest and recover.


Recovery

It’s typical for your breasts to be tender and swollen for the first few days after surgery. However, many of our patients tell us the relief they experience immediately after surgery outweighs the temporary discomfort. You should plan on resting at home for a few days and avoiding strenuous physical activity for at least a week or two. After the first 1-2 weeks, you are free to return to most normal daily and physical activities. The swelling and bruising immediately following the procedure normally lasts a few weeks and will improve with time.


Schedule a Consultation for Breast Reduction in Chicago

Schedule a Consultation for Breast Reduction in Chicago

If you’re considering breast reduction, trust the experts at Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery. Our experienced team is well-versed in breast procedures and will do everything in our power to make sure you feel comfortable moving forward with treatment.

At your initial consultation, we’ll discuss your health history, and your goals for the procedure, and answer any questions you have about breast reduction.

Call us today at (312) 266-6240 to schedule an appointment or reach out to us on our website.



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