Breast Reduction in Chicago
When you have large breasts, it can cause a number of issues, including improper posture, pain, skeletal deformities, low self-esteem, and even rashes. A breast reduction in Naperville, Chicago or Schaumburg, IL, which is covered by most insurance plans if deemed a medical necessity, can provide relief. This procedure is typically performed with general anesthesia and removes glandular and fat tissue so the skin can be tightened to create lighter, smaller breasts that are healthier and well-proportioned.
To complete a breast reduction, we make an anchor-shaped incision starting where the nipple will be located toward and around the crease located underneath the breast. Your surgeon will then remove any extra fat, glandular tissue and skin, relocating the nipple and areola and reshaping the breast before closing with stitches. Liposuction may be used to remove any excess fat that may be located in the underarm area. This part of the surgery may not be covered by your insurance.
Some pain is normal after breast reduction surgery. Usually, this pain is mild and well-controlled with medication. Swelling, bruising, and slight changes in post-surgical breast size are also common. Numbness, sensitivity, or even random shooting pains can occur and may last several months before resolving itself. Most of our patients can go back to work in as little as two weeks though heavy lifting should be avoided for three to four weeks. It’s best to allow only gentle contact with the breasts for up to six weeks.
Scars will eventually fade but may not completely disappear. We recommend using physician’s strength Kelocote scar cream to help reduce scarring.
Risks and complications, although uncommon, can include infection, bleeding, negative reactions to anesthesia, unevenly positioned nipples, slightly mismatched breasts, or permanent loss of feeling.
Breast Reconstruction in Chicago
Today, new surgical technology allows our surgeons to create natural-looking breasts after women lose their breasts to cancer or other diseases. In many cases, we can complete a breast reduction reconstruction in Naperville, Chicago, or Schaumburg, IL, at the same time as the mastectomy, or removal. We can also perform the reconstruction procedure weeks or even years after the mastectomy. A law passed by Congress now requires insurance companies to cover this reconstruction surgery after breast cancer surgery, making it a viable option for all breast cancer patients.
When women undergo a mastectomy to help eradicate cancer, breast reduction reconstruction is a viable option. However, if you suffer from certain health problems, including high blood pressure or obesity, or if you smoke, it’s important to be medically cleared by your primary physician first. You may also wish to postpone this surgery to recover physically and emotionally from cancer first. There are several terrific support groups that can help you deal with the emotional trauma of having breast cancer.
Breast reduction reconstruction in Chicago, Naperville, and Schaumburg, IL, requires several operations to complete. The first creates the breast mount and is typically performed under general anesthesia at the same time or shortly after the mastectomy. Other surgeries, when needed, may involve another hospital stay or can sometimes be performed on an outpatient basis, also under general anesthesia.
We use a number of methods for breast reconstruction, some with and others without the use of implants. We will work with you to determine the appropriate approach to meet your needs.
Unfortunately, breast reduction reconstruction is not proven effective at reducing the recurrence of cancer or other diseases, nor does it eliminate the need for radiation or chemotherapy treatment.
When undergoing this type of surgery, there is the potential for surgical complications, such as fluid collection, bleeding, negative reactions to anesthesia, and excessive scar tissue. However, there are other potential complications associated with this surgery, including:
Scarring of the implant area, which can lead to hardening of the tissue
Capsular contracture can typically be resolved with storing scar tissue or removing or replacing the implant entirely.
To learn more about our Breast Reduction & Reconstruction procedures, please call us today to schedule an appointment.