Breast Reduction in Chicago, IL

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About Breast Reduction

Reduction mammoplasty, more commonly known as breast reduction, is a surgical procedure used to reduce the volume of the breasts and provide a lift. While not as well publicized as other breast procedures, such as breast augmentation, breast reduction is no less important to patients who feel their breasts are too large for their bodies.

Introduction to Breast Reduction

Overly large breasts can cause a significant number of aesthetic and physical issues. In many patients, breasts that are too large for one’s frame may cause chronic pain in the neck and back, leading to headaches as well.

A breast reduction is designed to eliminate excess tissue from the breasts, diminishing the overall volume of each breast. Once the procedure has been completed, most patients feel healthier and more youthful.

The first step on any breast reduction journey is the consultation.

Getting Started on Breast Reduction

During your consultation with Dr. Ogilvie, you will discuss the motivations behind your breast reduction and what you hope the procedure will achieve. Dr. Ogilvie will then recommend the best techniques to help you achieve the transformation you’re looking for.

Consultations are usually scheduled to last anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes. You’ll have an opportunity to ask all of the questions you might have. Dr. Ogilvie believes in a transparent and patient-centered approach to all of his procedures, from the first meeting to your last follow-up appointment. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to start your breast reduction procedure.

Breast Lift vs. Breast Reduction

What Are the Benefits of Breast Reduction?

While some people may desire to grow the volume of their breasts, for others, overly large breasts sometimes negatively affect their everyday lives and confidence. A breast reduction surgery in Chicago, IL at Ogilvie Plastic Surgery gives you a number of advantages to renew your style and boost your quality of life, like:

  • Lowering the volume and weight of the breasts
  • Lifts and shapes the breasts
  • Resizes the nipples
  • Enhances mobility and movement
  • Makes working out and high-impact activities simpler
  • Removes spinal pressure
  • Expands wardrobe options
  • Creates better body ratios
  • Corrects posture
  • Allows you to obtain more sleep
  • Minimizes skin irritation
  • Boosts confidence and self-image

Who is a Good Candidate For Breast Reduction?

If you’re considering undergoing a breast reduction procedure, you’ve likely been living with overly large breasts for some time. Breasts that are too large for your frame can develop for various reasons, from simple genetics to generalized aging. For most patients, a breast reduction will involve eliminating excess skin or volume from the breast.

In general, good candidates for breast reduction will:

  • Have a good understanding of what breast reduction can accomplish
  • Suffer from chronic neck pain caused by the weight of the breasts
  • Suffer from chronic back pain caused by the weight of the breasts
  • Encounter frequent headaches caused by neck and back pain
  • Want to achieve a more well-proportioned upper body
  • Be generally healthy enough for surgery

What Happens During A Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction procedure is nearly always performed on an outpatient basis. You will usually be able to return home the same day as your procedure after the initial effects of the anesthesia have worn off. Therefore, the vast majority of your recuperation will be done in the comfort of your home.

A breast reduction procedure will usually follow this general outline:

Anesthesia — In most cases, patients will undergo general anesthesia, unless pure liposuction is being performed, in which case, local anesthesia may be an option. If local anesthesia is an option, a sedative may also be used.

Incision — There are two basic incision types used to perform a breast reduction. One incision is shaped like a lollipop, and the other is shaped, more or less, like an anchor. The less invasive the technique, the faster healing may occur–but the more limited your breast reduction may be.

Closing the Incision — Once the excess tissue has been eliminated, the incisions will be closed with sutures.

Breast Reduction Results

Because of swelling and bruising immediately after surgery, it may take several weeks to notice the aesthetic changes achieved by your breast reduction surgery.

However, you may immediately notice the change in volume and weight. Once recovery is complete, patients will typically notice a much more youthful silhouette and may experience an improvement in chronic neck and back pain symptoms.

Contact Dr. Ogilvie

To learn more about breast reduction — and what a breast reduction might be able to do for your body — contact Dr. Ogilvie to schedule a confidential consultation at our Chicago offices.

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How much does breast reduction surgery cost?

The cost of your breast reduction surgery can be reviewed with Dr. Ogilvie in your consultation. Once he has created your treatment plan, estimating your costs, including anesthesia, fees for the surgical facility, and more is easier. Reduction surgery often causes a dramatic improvement in a patient's life, so our staff will help you find low-interest financing to help make your treatment easy to afford. We will also help you talk to your health insurance provider to see if your policy covers some of your costs.

Will my insurance cover breast reduction?

Your health insurance might pay part of the cost of your surgery if it is considered medically necessary. If you want to use your insurance, talk to Dr. Ogilvie so he can help with your insurance claim. You should talk to your provider to determine if your policy may cover the surgery and what they need. Your insurance might need measurements like weight, height, body mass index (BMI), and body surface area.

Will my nipples be moved?

Usually, the nipples and areola will be shifted up to a central position during breast reduction surgery. If a significant amount of breast tissue and skin needs to be removed, your nipple-areola may need to be moved. Dr. Ogilvie will select an incision technique so the nipple and areola can easily move higher on the breast. It is also possible to reduce the size of the areola with an areolate. During your consultation, these options will be explained before Dr. Ogilvie helps you decide on the best treatment plan to achieve your goals.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.