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Breast Reduction Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery That Proves That Less Is More, Breast Reduction.


Female breasts are recognized symbols of sexual identity and sexual appeal, but many women find themselves blessed with too much of a good thing. Oversize breasts can draw undue attention, unwanted comments and make clothes purchases a nightmare.  On a petite body, oversize breasts can seem out of proportion. And most importantly in all cases, they cause physical discomfort such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder grooving from bra straps and rashes beneath the breasts are not uncommon complaints of women with unduly large breasts.  If over endowment presents any of these problems, you may want to consider the benefits of Breast Reduction performed by Board Certified Chicago Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross of the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute located in Chicago, Oak Brook, Naperville, or Arlington Heights, Illinois. Breast appearance can also be improved significantly.


There are many techniques for breast reduction, but they are all based on two principles. One is the removal of much of the weight of the breasts and secondly, reductions of the skin envelope to create a more aesthetically pleasing breast shape. Typically, the procedure begins with drawings made by Chicago Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross on the morning of the operation. These determine the new location of the nipple and can define the projection and shape of the breast. Usually the operation is performed under general anesthesia, can take between two and four hours, and at the end of the operation a dressing and often a postoperative brassiere is applied. Drains are occasionally used to take away any fluid that develops in the area of the surgery. They are usually removed the next day. Normal activities can be resumed in between 1-3 weeks and hospitalization, if used at all, is usually only overnight. Insurance coverage is possible but is dependent on the specific writing of your health insurance contract and the amount of breast tissue that is removed.

Incision options include:

- A circular pattern around the areola

The incision lines that remain are visible and permanent scars, although usually well concealed beneath a swimsuit or bra.

A keyhole or racquet-shaped pattern with an incision around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease

- An inverted T or anchor-shaped incision pattern

Other Procedures Performed by Dr. David Ross:

Reduction Mammoplasty - Breast reduction, also known as Reduction Mammoplasty, removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.

Liposuction Breast Reduction - Liposuction Breast Reduction is a technique for reducing the size of a woman's breast with minimal scarring as opposed to standard reduction techniques. However, is only usable for those breasts where the nipple complex is already in the appropriate location to start. It is not ideal for women whose breasts are not only large but very droopy. In these cases, the liposuction alone will not address the droopy component. 

Breast Reduction and Lift - A Breast Reduction using standard techniques where skin and breast are excised and the nipple complex is repositioned always results in a lift.

Uneven Breasts/Asymmetrical Breasts/Problem Breast Surgery - For women who have more than a normal breast asymmetry (such as a cup size difference between the two it is possible to correct this. Depending on the exact nature of the difference, a breast reduction, lift or augmentation may solve the problem.

Before You Elect to Undergo Reduction Mammoplasty Have All Your Questions Answered:

The following are questions most frequently asked by patients considering Reduction Mammoplasty or Breast Reduction, While this brochure can clear up the basic questions, it is not a substitute for a personalized consultation with a surgeon at our center, To get all your questions answered, we suggest that you schedule a personal consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross of the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute located in Chicago, Oakbrook, Naperville or Arlington Heights, Illinois.

1. What Is Reduction Mammoplasty?

It's an operation to reduce the weight and size of the breasts while maintaining a normal breast contour and proportionate size.

2. What women are candidates for Breast Reduction?

Women who are experiencing physical difficulties from the weight of their breasts are ideal candidates, Typical problems are back pain, postural difficulties, frequent rashes beneath the breasts, and brassiere strap scars on the shoulders. Reducing breast size brings great relief to these problems.

3. Is age a barrier In Breast Reduction?

The problem can occur and stabilize in mid to late teens and last a lifetime. A pre-teenager occasionally experiences massive breast enlargement that could justify surgery. Advanced age is no barrier either, provided the patient is in good health.

4. Is hospitalization required?

Hospitalization is never required because the operation often requires two to three hours of general anesthesia. After an operation of this duration, most patients are ready return home. Board Certified Chicago Plastic Surgeon. Dr. David A. Ross performs the procedure at the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute located in Chicago, Illinois.

5. Will any scars remain visible from the operation?

Any time skin from the breast and breast tissue are removed, there is scarring. Characteristically, a post-op scar will encircle the nipple complex. A second scar will extend from below the nipple to the fold under the breasts, and a third will run in the fold for a variable distance. Noticeability of this scarring varies from patient to patient. Sometimes scarring is minimally visible, and other times it is more apparent.

6. After surgery is sensitivity retained in the nipples... and is it still possible to nurse?

Some surgical techniques relocate the nipple, but it remains connected to breast tissue. This technique provides the opportunity to maintain nipple sensitivity and preserves the ability to nurse. Other techniques require detaching the nipple complex and reapplying it as a nipple graft. This procedure denies nipple sensitivity and the ability to nurse,

7. Should a patient complete child-bearing before considering Breast Reduction?

Not necessarily. Your ability to nurse depends upon which operative technique is applicable to your anatomy. The answer to this question requires a more detailed conversation with Chicago Plastic Surgeon. Dr. David A. Ross during your personal consultation.

8. Will there be much post-op pain?

Surprisingly, most women experience significantly less pain than they anticipate. Oral analgesics should control your discomfort.

9. When can I go back to work?

Within two weeks, it's usually safe to return to work except for the most physically demanding occupations.

10. When can I exercise again?

Most forms of physical activity are permissible four to six weeks after surgery.

11. How much weight can I expect to lose from Breast Reduction?

There's usually a 40% to 50% reduction in breast size and a loss of one to three pound.  In one instance however, the surgery reduced the patient's weight by a total of twenty pounds.

12. Are any complications possible?

Infection is possible, but rare. So are problems in nipple healing that are related to poor circulation. Since there are many incisions, patients can have extended incisional healing time that results in increased scarring.

13. Does Insurance cover this operation?

Most medical insurance policies cover this operation because oversize breasts can cause physical handicaps. Some insurance companies require a certain amount of weight removed to justify the coverage


No procedures are without risks, but the most common complications within breast reduction include bleeding, infection, and mild asymmetries. Skin loss and major infections are extremely rare. Sensation may be temporarily lost. The ability to breast-feed may be retained, but it is unreliable.


Though the above description of breast reduction is accurate, it is also incomplete. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for breast reduction surgery and the breast reduction cost is to schedule a personal consultation with Board Certified Chicago Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross of Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute located in Chicago, Oak Brook, Naperville or Arlington Heights, Illinois. That way your candidacy for the operation can be discussed, insurance applicability can be determined, and your aesthetic desires can be discovered. A plan can be made to help you achieve your aesthetic and physical requirements.