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Breast reduction at Naperville’s John Bull Center, technically known as “reduction mammaplasty,” is designed to help patients whose overly large breasts have become a burden, whether due to the constant weight of them pulling downward, the unwelcome attention they draw, the way they prevent outfits from fitting properly, and more.
The exact details of a breast reduction procedure depend on your individual circumstances. During your consultation with Dr. John Bull, you will discuss your concerns with him and get a better understanding of the results he can provide by removing tissue and skin to give your breasts a smaller, lighter, firmer, and more proportional shape. The breast procedure can also involve reducing the size of the areola. The ultimate goal of the surgery is to have smaller, better-shaped breasts that complement the rest of the body instead of standing out or constantly drawing attention away from your other features.
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Feel More Confident & Comfortable
Women who choose breast reduction are typically those whose breasts are so large as to cause them to suffer from a variety of medical problems due to the excessive weight, including back and neck pain, skin irritation, and posture changes. These problems may lead to skeletal abnormalities, aches, and muscle pains—none of which are necessary. Also, due to the weight of excessive breast tissue, bra straps can leave indentations in the shoulders and, in some cases, cause bruising. In addition to the conditions mentioned above, large breasts can also make a woman feel extremely self-conscious in her day-to-day life. A breast reduction can help to alleviate these issues and allow women to feel more confident and comfortable in their skin.
Achieving Your Goals
Prior to starting any surgery, Dr. Bull will describe the breast reduction procedure in detail, explaining its risks and rewards, as well as the expected healing process. He will also explain the anesthesia he uses, the facility where the reduction surgery will be performed, and the costs. Some insurance companies will pay for a breast reduction if the procedure is deemed medically necessary.
Dr. Bull performs most breast reductions in a hospital, but the procedure can be done in an outpatient surgery center as well. The surgery itself usually takes two to four hours to complete. The most common breast reduction technique Dr. Bull employs involves making an anchor-shaped incision that circles the areola, extends downward, and follows the natural curve of the crease horizontally beneath the breast. During the reduction procedure, Dr. Bull will also move the nipple and areola to a higher position so that it appears in a natural location on the newly smaller breast: approximately even with the crease beneath your breasts and in proportion with the new breast shape. The process of repositioning the nipple and areola will be explained in depth during your consultation as necessary.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment for breast reduction for Naperville, all of Western Chicago, and beyond. Call (630) 339-4555, or send a message online.
“I am six weeks post-op from a breast reduction with Dr. Bull and I could not be happier. I researched and spoke with a few doctors about this procedure and by far, Dr. Bull was the most knowledgeable and caring doctor that I met. Dr. Bull answered all of my questions, listened to my concerns and explained the entire process until I was comfortable. The surgery went very well and I had moderate pain for a few days afterward and from there it was mildly uncomfortable for a few more days. I received excellent care from Dr. Bull and his entire staff. I cannot say enough about this office and their level of professionalism and compassion. If I had to do it all over again, I would in an instant. I have already recommended this office and especially Dr. Bull to my friends and family. Thank you, Dr. Bull!!”*
- Mitzi, Patient
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The Right Fit For You
Breast reduction is typically performed for physical relief rather than purely cosmetic reasons. Most women who have a breast reduction have been troubled by very large, sagging breasts for a number of years and feel that the weight restricts them from certain activities and may even cause them physical discomfort.
The best candidates are those who are mature enough to fully understand the procedure and have realistic expectations about the results. In most cases, a breast reduction is performed when a woman’s breasts are fully developed. The procedure can, however, be done earlier if large breasts are causing serious physical discomfort.
The goal of any breast reduction that Dr. Bull performs is to provide a look that is indistinguishable from natural contours, creating a balanced and proportional silhouette. This same drive also applies to other procedures he offers, such as breast lift surgery. A reduction may be included with a lift in order to reduce the weight that pulls breasts downward. This can prevent future sagging. Some women who choose breast reduction have breasts that grew throughout their pregnancy and during breastfeeding, but that never went back down in size. Combining reduction mammaplasty with other surgeries intended to restore pre-baby contours is known as a Mommy Makeover.
Nearly 90 percent of reduction patients go home the same day as their surgery, even if the procedure is performed at the hospital. Keep in mind that there will be some post-surgical swelling and bruising that will keep the ultimate results from being visible at first. Most bruising from the procedure should be gone within a couple of weeks, and the swelling generally subsides around eight to 12 weeks after breast reduction surgery.
Breast reduction patients will be able to see their results right away. Many are overwhelmed with excitement due to the life-changing procedure. Breast reduction does leave noticeable scars, although these faint lines will be covered by your bra or bathing suit and will continue to fade over the years. Dr. Bull makes every effort to make these scars as small and inconspicuous as possible. Also, while Dr. Bull’s goal is to make the newly reduced breasts as even as possible, there could still be some minor asymmetry after the surgery.
Most women naturally have some breast asymmetry, but the size difference is rarely noticeable to observers. Some patients may experience a persistent loss or reduced feeling in their nipples or breasts, but this condition is usually temporary. Because the areola and nipples are repositioned—not removed or reconstructed—sensation is maintained, as is the possibility of breastfeeding. Future breast-feeding may be affected by the procedure and is unpredictable.
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To schedule your consultation and learn more about breast reduction cost, results, and other details in Naperville and the Western suburbs of Chicago, please contact us online or call The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Medispa at (630) 339-4555.
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1307 Macom Drive, Naperville, IL 60564