Breast reduction is a popular procedure for women whose breasts are large and heavy enough to cause them psychological or physical discomfort. This procedure, also referred to as reduction mammaplasty, minimizes the size of the breast overall, and creates more attractive, firmer proportions.
Breast reduction procedures can be performed for cosmetic reasons, for medical reasons, or for some combination of both. In cases in which the reduction is necessary to relieve pain, discomfort, and other physical problems, it may be covered by the patient’s insurance plan.
If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, a breast reduction may be right for you:
• Neck, shoulder, and back pain
• Embarrassment and unwanted comments
• Limited range of motion due to breast size
• Deep grooves in the shoulders from your bra
• Difficulty finding clothing that fits
The breast reduction procedure involves making an anchor-shaped incision, which goes along the underside of the breast, in the mammary crease, and extends up to the nipple and around the areola (the darkened area of skin surrounding the nipple. The surgeon then removes excess fat, skin, and tissue, and repositions the nipple higher up on the newly reshaped breast).
Frequently Asked Breast Reduction Questions
If you experience pain or discomfort from the size of your breasts, please contact board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kotis at 847-577-6400 to schedule an initial consultation about breast reduction surgery. The Center for Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery offers a variety of breast surgery procedures to patients in the greater Chicago area and Arlington Heights area of Illinois.