Breast reduction surgery is one of the most transformative and popular procedures performed by Dr. Seth. By lifting and reducing the size of breasts that are large or sagging, breast reduction patients are often some of the happiest in Dr. Seth's practice. As a trusted name in Chicago and the North Shore, Dr. Seth is dedicated to delivering the results that you deserve.
- Procedure Length: 2-3 hours
- Anesthesia: General
- Disposition: Outpatient
- Recovery: 2-3 weeks
Why Breast Reduction?
Common reasons that women consider having a breast reduction include:
- Improve physical discomfort and pain from having large, pendulous breasts
- Simplify finding bras and clothing that fit well
- Enhance confidence in your appearance with breasts that are perkier and more proportionate for your frame
- Make it easier to work out and live an active lifestyle
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What Are My Options?
During your consultation, Dr. Seth will discuss how you can benefit from a breast reduction, as well as what to expect after surgery. Dr. Seth's goal is to provide a customized outcome and experience for every one of his patients. Options he may discuss with you include:
- Breast Size
- As part of your consultation, Dr. Seth will want to know what breast cup size you would like to be following surgery. As all women know, cup size is relative depending on how and where you get measured. Dr. Seth will discuss getting you into a size range that achieves your goals.
- Incision Type
- The main trade-off for the tremendous benefits of breast reduction surgery is the scars. Fortunately, all of the scars tend to heal well and partly conceal within the natural shape and contour of your new breasts. The most common type of incisions that Dr. Seth uses are shaped like an 'anchor' or a 'lollipop'. Dr. Seth will work with you to determine the most appropriate incision type for your breasts.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of breast reduction surgery can vary between $8,500 and $10,500. This cost is individualized to each patient and can depend on several factors, including:
- Fees charged by the anesthesiologist and surgical facility
- The surgical technique and anticipated technical difficulty of your procedure
- The expected length of your surgery
After your consultation, you will receive an individual quote for the anticipated cost of your breast reduction. If you are interested, third-party payment plans may be available for eligible patients.
For some patients, breast reduction surgery may be covered by your insurance company. During your consultation, Dr. Seth will discuss your symptoms and perform a physical exam to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for submitting your surgery to insurance.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are my restrictions after surgery?
- Generally most patients begin feeling like themselves again after only a few days. Dr. Seth will place you in a surgical bra immediately after surgery and ask that you wear it or a sports bra at all times for up to 4 weeks after surgery. You will be ok to resume light activity whenever you feel comfortable. Generally, more strenuous activity and exercise can be slowly resumed starting at 4-weeks after surgery.
When can I drive?
- You are ok to drive once you are no longer taking any 'strong' or narcotic pain medication and when you feel comfortable behind the wheel to be safe.
When can I go back to work?
- You can return to work when you feel comfortable to do so, keeping in mind your activity restrictions. For most patients, this means going back to work after 2-3 weeks.
Will I need surgical drains?
- In general, most patients will NOT need surgical drains following breast reduction surgery. In the rare case that you need a drain in each breast, it is important to know that these are temporary and are removed in the office. Once your drains are removed, Dr. Seth will typically recommend continuing to wear your bra to further manage swelling for the next few weeks.
When can I get resized for a bra?
- Dr. Seth typically recommends waiting at least 2-3 months after surgery before getting resized and buying new bras. This will allow all of the swelling in your breasts to resolve and for your breasts to take on their final size and shape.
Do I have to wear a bra after surgery?
- For the first 4 weeks after surgery, Dr. Seth will have you wear a surgical bra or sports bra at all times. After that, Dr. Seth will recommend that you wear a bra during the day when you are active, but not at all times. Many of Dr. Seth's patients are thrilled that they can be perky and comfortable without a bra, after always wearing bulky, supportive bras prior to surgery.
What can I do for my scars?
- Although the scars from breast reduction surgery tend to heal well and fade over time, there are certain scar care tips that Dr. Seth will recommend after surgery to help optimize the appearance of your scars. These may include scar massage, good sunscreen, and scar creams. In general, most of Dr. Seth's breast reduction patients are so thrilled with their new breasts that they are not bothered at all by their scars.