Do You Experience Pain From Having Large Breasts?

Women with very large breasts may suffer from a variety of medical problems caused by the excessive weight including back and neck pain, skin irritation and posture changes. These problems may lead to skeletal abnormalities and other aches and muscle pains that are not necessary. Due to the weight of the breasts, bra straps can leave indentations in their 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 their day to day lives. Breast Reduction can help to alleviate these issues and allow women to feel more confident and comfortable in their skin.

What is Breast Reduction?

Breast Reduction, technically known as Reduction Mammaplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure to remove breast tissue and skin from the breasts to achieve a smaller, lighter, more firm and desirable shape. It can also involve reducing the size of the areola to be more proportionate with the new shape. The ultimate goal of the procedure is to have smaller, better-shaped breasts in proportion with the rest of the body.

The exact procedure and details of a Breast Reduction depend on your individual circumstances. In your consultation, you will discuss your concerns with Dr. Bull and better understand the options he provides for you.

Consultations are Available Now

The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. John Bull or one of our trusted providers at The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Medispa. Simply fill out the form on this page and request a consultation and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation appointment.

Breast Reduction Before & After Naperville & Chicago

*Individual Results May Vary

Candidates for Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction is most often performed for physical relief rather than simply cosmetic improvement. Most women who have a Breast Reduction have been troubled by very large, sagging breasts for a number of years and feel they restrict them from some activities and cause them physical discomfort.

In most cases, a Breast Reduction is performed when a woman’s breasts are fully developed; it can, however, be done earlier if large breasts are causing serious physical discomfort. The best candidates are those who are mature enough to fully understand the procedure and have realistic expectations about the results.

How Does It Work?

During the procedure the nipple and areola will be moved higher to a more normal position for the smaller breast size; approximately even with the crease beneath your breasts and in proportion with the new breast shape. Dr. Bull will describe the procedure in detail, explaining its risks and healing process. Dr. Bull will also explain the anesthesia he uses, the facility where the surgery will be performed, and the costs. Some insurance companies will pay for a Breast Reduction if deemed medically necessary.

Dr. Bull performs most Breast Reductions in a hospital but it can be done in an outpatient surgery center as well. The surgery itself usually takes two to four hours to complete.

The most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision that circles the areola, extends downward, and follows the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast.

What Results Will I See?*

Patients will be able to see results right away; in fact, many women often comment that physical improvement is immediate. It is a life-changing procedure and patients are overwhelmed with excitement. Most bruising from the procedure should be gone in a couple of weeks and swelling subsides around 8-12 weeks.

What is the Recovery Process Like?*

The procedure does leave noticeable scars, although they are covered by your bra or bathing suit and fade over the years. Dr. Bull makes every effort to make the scars as small and inconspicuous as possible. Most women have some breast asymmetry. The goal is to makes then as even as possible, but there could still be some minor asymmetry after the surgery. Future breast-feeding may be affected by the procedure and is unpredictable.

Some patients may experience a persistent loss or reduced feeling in their nipples or breasts but usually temporary. The nipple and areola can be reconstructed as well. This process is explained in depth during your consultation.

“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

*Individual Results May Vary

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Take the Next Step – Request a Consultation

To schedule your consultation with Dr. John Bull, please fill out the form on this page or call 630-717-6000. The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Medispa serves the Naperville Area & Western Suburbs of Chicago. 

*Individual Results May Vary