Breast reduction offers individuals with oversized, heavy breasts the chance at improved physical comfort and a better quality of life. By reducing the size and weight of the breasts, the procedure alleviates physical discomfort caused by large breasts.
If oversized breasts are holding you back from living an active, confident life, Dr. Marco Ellis can help. The Chicago breast reduction surgeon is known for his experience and compassion. With his skill set and expertise, you will be able to achieve a breast size that is perfectly proportioned to the rest of your body.
What Breast Reduction Can Improve
Breast reduction removes excess skin, fat and tissue to bring the breasts into better proportion with the rest of the body. By reducing the size and weight of the breasts, breast reduction can improve or resolve physical side effects related to oversized breasts. For example, after the procedure, patients can report a reduction or elimination in back, neck and/or shoulder pain associated with breasts. You may also see a reduction or elimination in breathing or posture problems, chronic skin rashes or irritation related to large, oversized breasts.
Breast reduction can enable you to live a more active lifestyle. You can engage in aerobic activities like running, biking and swimming without large breasts getting in your way.
Breast reduction can also significantly improve your self-confidence. You will enjoy a better body image and feel more comfortable around others, without unwanted attention or stares because of your breast appearance.
Breast reduction is normally performed on an outpatient basis under anesthesia.
The incision options for breast reduction surgery include a circular incision around the edge of the areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple); a keyhole-shaped incision around the areola and down to the breast crease; or an anchor-shaped incision around the areola, down to the breast crease and along the crease.
Through the incision, excess glandular tissue, fat and skin are removed, and the remaining skin is lifted and shaped. In some cases, the nipple and areola may be relocated higher on the breast. The areola can be reduced in size if needed.
After surgery the breasts will be wrapped in a supportive garment to put gentle pressure on the healing tissues. It is common to have bruising, swelling and slight discomfort that will resolve in the days following surgery.
Patients typically take one to two weeks off from work to recover, and refrain from strenuous activities for three to six weeks. Dr. Ellis will see you regularly during your recovery to check your healing and clear you to resume exercise and the rest of your regular activities.
You will be able to see your improved breast shape almost immediately after surgery, with your results continuing to improve in the months following your procedure.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Ellis
If you are interested in improving your quality of life with breast reduction, Dr. Ellis is happy to discuss the details of surgery with you. Please call (312) 695-6022 or email our practice to schedule a consultation.