Many of our breast reduction patients tell us that their large breasts prevent them from exercising, cause them physical pain, and have made them the object of teasing and unwanted attention since adolescence. Our breast reduction surgery patients in Chicago are typically among the most thrilled with their results, due to the freedom and comfort they feel after their procedure.
Dr. Mustoe is a board-certified plastic surgeon and cosmetic breast surgery specialist. If you would like to learn more about this procedure from Chicago breast reduction specialist Dr. Mustoe, request a consultation online. Or you can call us at (312) 788-2560 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.
Women who have overly large, pendulous breasts often suffer from physical and emotional discomfort due to their breast size. Breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that lifts, reshapes, and reduces the size of overly large breasts. Breast reduction is performed to improve a woman's appearance and self image, and alleviate symptoms such as:
In addition, Dr. Mustoe often reduces enlarged nipples and eliminates excess skin and stretch marks during breast reduction surgery. Other benefits of breast reduction surgery include enhanced self confidence, increased clothing options, and a general improvement in overall quality of life.
See the potential results of your breast reduction before you have surgery with our revolutionary VECTRA 3-D imaging system. VECTRA uses an image of your own body instead of a model's to let you and Dr. Mustoe envision your ideal outcome - and work together to achieve it.
Most breast reduction patients require an incision pattern that encircles the areola, descends vertically in a straight line, then underscores the breast with a short inframammary (breast fold) incision. This is often referred to as an inverted "T" or anchor shaped pattern, also commonly used in breast lift surgery. This allows for removal of excess skin, fat, and breast tissue, as well as lifting and reshaping of the remaining tissue. Dr. Mustoe's careful skin closure techniques are the result of many years of research into scar prevention and wound healing, and help produce a finer, flatter scar. In selected cases a vertical incision combined with the areolar incision can be performed (lollipop scar) eliminating the inframmary fold scar. Dr. Mustoe incoroporates liposuction into the operation to optimize shaping, minimize injury and selectively remove fatty tissue from the breast. Dr. Mustoe's techniques are directed towards optimizing a youthful shape which involve a variety of techniques tailored to the individual patient.
Dr. Mustoe also offers advanced techniques for removing overdeveloped tissue in men struggling with gynecomastia. Learn more about male breast reduction.
In his 20+ years of surgical experience, Dr. Mustoe has developed many innovative and proven techniques that enhance the recovery and results of his breast reduction patients. Through his extensive research, he has learned how to minimize injury during procedures such as breast reduction, which means a shorter and more comfortable recovery with fewer complications.
Most breast reduction patients require a few days of rest immediately following their procedure, and typically take a week off work. More strenuous activities and occupations may be limited for up to 6 weeks. During the first several weeks of your recovery, a support bra will aid in your healing and comfort as swelling and bruising subside. Although it may take up to a year for incisions to fade, you will likely feel better about your new body shape almost immediately.
An internationally renowned innovator and educator in breast surgery, Dr. Mustoe offers several improvements over traditional approaches to breast reduction, including: