Breast Reduction

Women with large breasts often experience pain, discomfort, and embarrassment. Large, disproportionate breast volume can lead to problems with the back, neck, and shoulders, and can often interfere with day-to-day life and comfort. Conditions associated with large breasts include indentation from bra straps and hunched shoulders, restricted physical activity, skin irritation beneath the breast crease, and sagging and stretched skin. Reducing breast size can improve comfort, posture, and self-confidence. Our plastic surgeons in Chicago will discuss realistic outcomes following your procedure.

Will Insurance Cover the Procedure?

Breast reduction surgery is sometimes considered a medically necessary procedure, and can be covered by insurance if carried out in the treatment of medical symptoms. In order for the procedure to be covered by insurance, the breasts need to be large enough to cause health issues such as the following:

  • Breathing issues, especially during sleep because the large breasts cause restricted air movements due to pressure on their lungs
  • Too much stress on the natural frame and structure on the body, causing back, bone and joint issues
  • Restricted activity
  • Nerve pain
  • Chronic rash or skin irritants underneath the breasts
  • An overall poor self-image because of large breasts

Breast Reduction Chicago IL

Medically necessary breast reductions may be fully or partially covered depending on the plan, the amount of time spent in the hospital and the medicine necessary during recovery.


Details of the Procedure

Most commonly, breast reduction is accomplished through removal of excess breast tissue and skin through incisions in a keyhole incision pattern. The nipple is then repositioned and the areola reduced, and the skin is brought back together to reshape the smaller breast. In some cases, liposuction is also used to reduce breast volume.

Depending on the amount of tissue to be removed, incisions may vary. One alternative is a circular pattern around the areola. Another is similar to the keyhole pattern, with an additional incision extending along the fold under the breast. Scars from incisions are usually easy to conceal.


Immediately after surgery, your breasts will be covered with dressing and bandages. You can expect your breasts to be swollen or bruised, and you’ll need to limit certain activity for 2-4 weeks until they have healed. Rest assured that our plastic surgeons in Chicago will have you come in for a follow-up appointment to check on your healing.

Are you interested in exploring a breast reduction? Don’t hesitate to contact our team at Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery today.