breastSurgeryNot everyone wants larger breasts; for some women and even men, breast reduction surgery may be an option they may want to explore.

  • Women with naturally large breasts often complain about back and neck pain or rashes under their breasts. In some cases, women who have breasts that are too large for their body experience grooves and indentations on their shoulders from their bra straps.
  • For men, male breast reduction, or gynecomastia surgery, targets the excess fat and breast tissue that is frequently present under and around the nipple.

Before deciding on breast reduction surgery, it’s important to discuss the overall look patients are trying to achieve. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, my aim is to give patients a natural-looking result that is in proportion to their body. Since weight gain can affect result, patients need to be at a stable weight before having the procedure. Also, keep in mind that, once a patient undergoes breast reduction surgery, the only way to make breasts larger, should a patient to decide to do, is with implants or fat grafting of the breast.

Who Is A Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

Ideal candidates for breast reduction are patients who want to reduce breasts that may or may not be causing physical discomfort issues, such as back pain.

What To Expect from Breast Reduction?

The initial recovery from breast reduction surgery is about three-to-five days, during which time patients may have some mild bruising and swelling but typically have mild to moderate discomfort. Most people return to work in one or two weeks and resume strenuous activity in four-to-six weeks.

Does Insurance Pay For Breast Reduction Surgery?

In some cases, breast reduction surgery to improve back, neck and shoulder discomfort from overly large breasts may be covered by health insurance. My compassionate and knowledgeable patient coordinators work with each patient prior to and after my consultations regarding financial planning, including contacting insurance companies to determine if breast reduction procedure is covered.


My goal is have my patients’ outside appearance match how they feel on the inside, to be the physical expression of their inner self.

Find out more! Contact my patient coordinators at to schedule a confidential consultation or call 312.757.4505

Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, our offices are a warm, friendly and comfortable place to share your wants, needs and concerns.

Lawrence Iteld, MD