Breast Reduction


Lose the Uncomfortable Weight at Chicago’s Iteld Plastic Surgery

Overly large breasts can be the cause of a multitude of challenges, which makes breast reduction at Chicago’s Iteld Plastic Surgery a literal relief for some women. The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life and find clothes that fit properly or in a flattering way, can be the source of neck and back pain and other aches, and can cause bra straps to be pulled tight against the skin, leading to friction and uncomfortable red marks and even indentations. On top of all that, many women find that the emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large breasts are as important as the physical discomfort and pain.

Breast reduction surgery is a highly individualized procedure. Even if you’re quite sure you want to get something off your chest that’s been bothering you for some time, it’s important you discuss with us the overall look you’re trying to achieve before deciding on breast reduction. Our aim is to give you natural-looking results that are in proportion to your body—results that may be possible with a breast reduction alone, or that may require something more or different.

Discover more about breast reduction from Chicago board-certified plastic surgeon Lawrence Iteld, MD. Send a message online or call 312.757.4505.

How Does Breast Reduction Work?

Put simply, breast reduction is making breasts smaller by removing a combination of skin, breast tissue, and fat. There are several techniques used, with specific details depending on the amount of volume to be removed and the desired final result.

Dr. Iteld will go over the specifics with each patient individually at a personalized consultation.

For the surgery itself, he will make any necessary incisions as inconspicuous as possible, using advanced techniques to promote healing and a beautiful result.

*Results may vary from person to person
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What Can I Expect After Breast Reduction?

Aside from a newfound feeling of lightness and comfort? Clothes fitting better? The realization that your body reflects the image you want to present to the world? Breast reduction patients can expect some swelling and related reactions in the days and weeks after their surgery, but these effects are temporary and will give way to breasts that are smaller, but still natural looking.

Is a Narcotics-Free Breast Reduction Possible?

When it comes to surgery, Dr. Iteld believes narcotics-free strategies are ideal—and breast reduction is no exception. His focus on surgical techniques performed not just with results in mind, but also an emphasis on a smooth recovery, means you can be confident in your ability to heal without turning to opioids just to get through the day. The techniques also work for augmentation, lifts, and other breast procedures, as well as tummy tucks, liposuction, and more.


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Lawrence Iteld, MD, is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and a highly regarded Chicago based plastic surgeon, receiving awards from Chicago Magazine's Top Docs, and Castle Connolly Top Doctors®.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction in Chicago?

Any woman who is tired of carrying the weight of heavy breasts around with her—as well as the emotional burden they can cause—may be a good candidate for breast reduction. Since weight changes can affect your result, it’s important that you’re at a stable weight before having the procedure. And patients should be in general good health.

Note: In some cases, breast reduction surgery may be covered by health insurance. Our patient coordinators will work with you prior to and after your consultations regarding financial planning, including contacting your insurance company to determine if your procedure is covered.

If you have questions specific to your own situation, schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Iteld to discuss them.

What Are the Available Breast Procedures Beyond Breast Reduction?

For women at the opposite end of the sizing scale, breast augmentation is a popular choice for adding volume. For changing the position of the breasts on the chest (not their size) a breast lift is a popular choice—and it can be paired with augmentation or reduction. Any of these surgeries may also be part of a Mommy Makeover.

Schedule your consultation today to find out more about how breast reduction at Chicago’s Iteld Plastic Surgery may be for you, or call 312.757.4505.

*Results will vary from patient to patient. No guarantees about an individual’s result can or should be made based on information provided here.

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