Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction Surgery Chicago, IL

If you experience back pain, poor posture, or breathing problems from large breasts or do not like the appearance of your size, a mammaplasty (breast reduction) surgery may improve your health and quality of life. By removing fat and glandular tissue from the breast, our breast reduction surgeons tighten the skin, resulting in smaller, more comfortable breasts.

Prior to your breast reduction procedure, one of our experienced doctors will meet with you to discuss your goals and expectations for this plastic surgery, as well as to inform you of the details of your chosen procedure. This discussion is important in helping patients achieve the precise results they desire. Each breast reduction procedure is fully customized for each individual patient.

Large breasts can cause a number of problems in women, such as breathing problems, poor posture, and back pain. Women who suffer from these conditions, or are unhappy with their appearance, may benefit from breast reduction surgery. During a breast reduction surgery, fat and tissue are removed from under the breast while skin is tightened to produce smaller, healthier breasts that are in better proportion with the rest of the body.

While the problems mentioned above are common reasons women seek out breast reduction surgery, often women with large breasts can attract unwanted attention, making the woman uncomfortable and affecting self-esteem. Through breast reduction surgery, patients can regain their confidence and obtain a renewed self-image in a body shape that suits them.

Before a breast reduction surgical procedure, you will meet with one of Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa’s experienced doctors to discuss your expectations and goals for your surgery. This will also be a time to discuss details of the procedure, which is important in helping you to achieve the best results. Each of our procedures is custom-designed for each individual patient.

Continue reading to learn more about Chicago breast reduction surgery, or contact us today to schedule a friendly and informative consultation with our team! Be sure to view our breast reduction before and after photos here. 

Candidates for Breast Reduction Surgery

Women with oversized breasts that cause medical problems, physical, or social discomfort are ideal candidates for breast reduction surgery. Women cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding if they are undergoing this procedure.

Patients must understand the various risks associated with this procedure, and they need to realize the importance of having realistic expectations of the surgery in order to be satisfied with the results.

Breast reduction surgery is often covered by insurance at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa. If you have large breasts and have ever experienced back pain or other medical issues, schedule an appointment to learn more on how we can help make your surgery experience a great one.

Some insurance companies have stipulations regarding coverage, but Ritacca’s board-certified plastic surgeons are well-versed in the intricacies of working with insurance companies. Our surgeons will take multiple photos and will thoroughly detail the symptoms you’ve experienced in order to submit all the necessary information to your insurance company.

Breast Reduction Procedure

Breast reduction surgeries take between 2 and 4 hours, depending on the technique being utilized, and are performed under general anesthesia. There are a variety of types of incisions that may be used for breast reduction surgery, and your surgeon will There are several different types of incisions that may be used for this procedure. Your doctor will establish the best type of treatment for you after evaluating your breasts and hearing about your goals.

  • Traditional Breast Reduction Surgery – Traditional breast reduction surgery involves an incision shaped like an anchor and is intended for women with extremely large breasts. Scarring is generally more apparent with traditional breast reduction surgery, through which skin, fat, and tissue are removed from the lower breasts, with the nipples and areolas being repositioned as well.
  • Vertical Incision Breast Reduction – Vertical incision breast reduction surgeries are also known as short-scar, a technique involving incisions that run around the areola and down to the creases of the breasts, forming the shape of a lollipop. This technique is good for women with moderately large breasts, and creates shapelier breasts with less scarring, as women undergoing this surgery do not require extensive tissue removal.
  • Scarless Breast ReductionLiposuction techniques are used in scarless breast reduction to reduce the size of the breast with minimal or no scarring. Patients who qualify for scarless breast reduction need to have more fatty tissue than glandular issue. Scarless breast reduction is often used for men who have enlarged breasts.

Chicago Breast Reduction FAQs

  1. How much is breast reduction surgery in Chicago?

Breast reduction surgery cost in Chicago ranges from $8,000 to $13,000 but may be covered in part or entirely by your health insurance. If chronic pain can be attributed to breasts too large, some health care companies cover the procedure.

  1. What should I wear after breast reduction surgery?

After a breast reduction, you will go home wearing a post-surgical compression bra that will support your breasts and the incisions. It will also promote proper blood circulation.

  1. How long is breast reduction surgery recovery?

Some women heal quickly, while others need more time before returning to their regular activities. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Leonard Lu will give you a definitive timeline during your post-surgery appointments. You should always defer to his post-op instructions for a successful recovery.

Expect to rest quietly at home for at least one week. Some patients will need a lengthier recovery before returning to work, especially if their job is physically strenuous.

  1. When can I shower after breast reduction surgery?

The typical timeline to shower after surgery is 48 hours. But you should not soak in a tub, pool, or hot tub and avoid steam baths and saunas. Avoid baths for two weeks.

  1. What other cosmetic breast surgeries do you offer?

Dr. Lu specializes in breast surgery including:



Cosmetic Consultation with Vernon Hills, North Shore, and Chicago Breast Lift Doctor

If you would like to learn more about getting a breast reduction, or to learn more about getting a breast makeover, call now to schedule a cosmetic consultation at (847) 367-8815. We are conveniently located at 230 Center Drive, Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061.