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Enjoy Proportionate Size and Comfort with Breast Reduction Surgery
Whether for cosmetic reasons, health reasons or both, breast reduction surgery allows women to reduce the size of their breasts and achieve a more proportionate look while eliminating the discomfort of abnormally large breasts, a condition known as macromastia. Some women may simply be dissatisfied with their large breast size, even if they do not have macromastia, and wish to have a smaller breast size that is more proportionate with their body, cosmetic goals or personal desires. Breast reduction surgery in Chicago at The Michael Horn Center for Cosmetic Surgery is designed to give women the freedom of having smaller breasts that are better suited to their comfort levels and health, as well as their figure, wardrobe and lifestyle.
Breast reduction surgery, also known as mammaplasty, involves the removal of excess fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts and reshaping of affected areas to achieve a more proportionate breast size, shape and appearance. Breast reduction can offer an ideal solution for any physical, medical and emotional issues associated with abnormally large breasts and the cosmetic treatment of any undesirable breast size features.
Abnormally large breasts can become a source of physical discomfort due to their heaviness and stress on the upper body, which can result in aches, joint problems and other physical ailments. They can also be a physical burden and restrict movement, flexibility and cause discomfort when physically active or in motion, which can impact lifestyle, hobbies and professional demands.
Macromastia is even known to cause certain medical issues such as breathing problems, nerve pain, rashes and neck, back, shoulder and upper body stress. Excessively large breasts can impact mental health for those whose breast size affects their self-image, confidence and well-being and make some women feel self-conscious about how they dress and move. Dr. Michael Horn is a nationally renowned board-certified cosmetic surgeon with more than 10,000 breast procedures performed over the course of his career and one of the most sought-after experts in the field of breast reduction.
As a leading authority on breast reduction in Chicagoland, Dr. Michael Horn welcomes patients from all over the country and abroad to our state-of-the-art facilities, where patients can experience personalized treatment and breast reduction surgery that results in proportionate, comfortable and attractive breast shape and size for personal health and peace of mind.
Breast reduction surgery is designed to address abnormally large breasts (macromastia), as well as its physical, medical and mental health side effects.
This procedure is also a cosmetic solution to large breasts that may be disproportionate to your figure or affect your self-image, wardrobe desires or quality of life in any way. Conditions that can be treated with breast reduction include:
Breast reduction surgery offers numerous benefits for women with abnormally large breasts or anyone seeking to reduce their breast size for personal reasons. Benefits of breast reduction surgery include:
Breast reduction surgery is a personal choice which can either be medical in nature, cosmetic in nature, or both. Those who elect to receive this treatment may have one or several of the following factors in common:
A breast reduction surgery involves several incisions made to your breasts and the removal of excess fat, glandular tissue and skin along with a repositioning of breast features, such as the nipple and areola, to achieve a more proportionate breast shape, size, contour and appearance. This procedure typically takes 3 to 5 hours to complete and patients can usually go home the same day.
Dr. Horn may utilize different excision techniques, as well as liposuction in the case of excess fat. During your consultation visit, you will receive an examination of your breasts and be informed of the most suitable techniques for achieving your goals, which will be based on your breast tissue composition, skin elasticity, reduction desires and a recommended course of treatment. Prior to the procedure, Dr. Horn will use a surgical marker to outline the incision locations. Breast reduction surgery involves the following steps:
You will be given a sedative medicine or general anesthesia for your safety and comfort during the procedure. Selection will be based on a review of your medical history and the safest option possible.
Several incisions will be made to your breasts based on your surgical plan. The incision type and pattern may depend on the following factors:
Breast reduction surgery may involve the following incision types:
Surgical instruments will be used to remove excess fat, glandular and skin tissue from your breasts while making modifications to the position of their shape and features. Depending on your surgical plan, the nipple and areola may be repositioned and reduced, if necessary, to achieve a more proportionate breast size, shape and appearance while retaining natural features and contour.
Following the completion of tissue removal, reshaping and modification, the surgical incisions are tightened and closed using medical equipment that include sutures, stitches, surgical tape and adhesives to promote healing, reduce scarring and achieve optimal cosmetic results.
Some cases of macromastia may be considered a medical condition that results in harmful side effects. In such cases, your doctor may prescribe breast reduction surgery as a treatment for your condition. However, insurance companies typically require reports from multiple specialists regarding your condition, attempted treatments and documentation over the course of several months and up to one year. Please contact us for more information regarding medical insurance coverage for breast reduction surgery at The Michael Horn Center for Cosmetic Surgery.
Your consultation visit for breast reduction in Chicago will involve a discussion of your goals along with an evaluation of your breasts and physical health to determine if surgery is right for you. During this time, you will have an opportunity to tell us about any side affects you may be experiencing as a result of having abnormally large breasts or if your desires are simply cosmetic in nature.
We will also discuss your medical history, lifestyle and cosmetic goals, as well as all the steps you will need to take in preparation for your surgery. It is important to be completely open and honest with Dr. Horn during your consultation visit in order to ensure your safety and an outcome that reflects your best expectations within the full scope of our expertise. Feel free to come prepared with any questions, pictures or other references that can help us understand your desired outcome and create a personalized course of treatment.
Your consultation visit will involve a discussion of:
All pre-operative and post-operative instructions for a safe and successful procedure will be provided during your consultation visit and follow-up visits with the patient coordinator. Prior to the procedure, you may be asked to:
Risks associated with breast reduction surgery are generally rare, however, it is important to know that all surgeries come with a small degree of risk to the patient. In order to make a fully informed decision, you will be advised of all potential risks, as well as any precautions and preparatory steps you can take to minimize associated risks, side effects and complications in advance of your surgery and during post-operative recovery.
Like any cosmetic treatment, breast reduction surgery is a personal decision that involves weighing risks against benefits and electing surgery as the optimal solution to your goals. All patients will be required to sign a consent form prior to the procedure stating that they understand and accept all risks involved with breast reduction surgery, which will be fully explained and may include:
Following breast reduction surgery, the incision sites will be covered with protective dressings and bandages to help prevent infection and ensure proper healing. You will be advised to wear assistive bandages or a sports bra for a specified period of time following surgery, typically several weeks. Swelling, soreness and tenderness are common for several days and up to 2 weeks following breast reduction surgery, for which pain medication will be prescribed.
Patients will be allowed to go home on the same day after surgery but will be required to have a personal contact drive them home from our surgery center (for your safety, there will be no Uber, public or commercial transportation services allowed). You will be advised to have assistance for one to several days following surgery to ensure that all of your needs are met, and you are comfortably able to avoid physical tasks during the initial stages of recovery. You will be provided with complete post-operative instructions, which may include:
Patients will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment before leaving the surgery center, which will take place within 1-3 days and involve the removal of bandages, along with an initial evaluation of results. After surgery and for a specified time during recovery, you may be advised to:
Breast reduction surgery will have immediately visible results with noticeably smaller breast proportions in accordance with your treatment plan. Initial results may also include swelling and bruising, which will begin to subside after several days and should be gone within around two weeks following surgery. Because the shape, contour and proportions of your modified breasts will take some time to settle, patients should expect final results to be achieved at around 2-3 months following surgery.
Breast reduction treatment is designed to provide long-lasting results with a smaller breast size that brings relief from symptoms of macromastia and accommodates a more physically active lifestyle, flexible wardrobe and proportionate figure.
It is important to note that, while a breast reduction may last a lifetime, this procedure cannot prevent future outcomes of weight fluctuations, aging, pregnancy, hormones and natural skin processes which may affect the size, shape and elasticity of your breasts. Make sure to talk to your surgeon about any plans for future pregnancies, weight loss or other lifestyle changes and if a breast reduction surgery would be better performed now or in the future.
Will There be Scarring?
Any surgery which requires skin surface incisions will leave a small degree of scarring, which can be mitigated with proper post-operative care of incision sites as advised by your surgeon. Dr. Horn utilizes professional surgical techniques designed to minimize scarring during the procedure and promote rapid healing that fades to near-imperceptibility over time.
The ideal candidate for breast reduction surgery is someone who feels physically or otherwise inhibited by their large breast size and is experiencing negative symptoms associated with abnormally large breasts. You may be the ideal candidate for breast reduction surgery if you:
If you live in or near Chicago and have questions about breast reduction surgery, click here to request a consultation online at our downtown Chicago plastic surgery office. Alternatively, you can Call our practice at (312) 202-9000 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.
From the initial consultation to the final follow-up exam, Dr. Horn and his staff provides compassionate treatment tailored to the specific needs and goals of each individual. Dr. Horn’s mastery and surgical skill in performing various face and body procedures, his dedication to patients’ safety, combined with his focus on unparalleled care and attention, make him one of the most sought-after surgeons in the Midwest. At his clinic, surgical options are paralleled by an array of non-invasive treatments and advanced technologies designed to help you rediscover your beauty potential.
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