Introduction to

Breast Reduction

Overly large breasts can cause a significant number of aesthetic and physical issues. In many patients, breasts that are too large for one’s frame may cause chronic pain in the neck and back, leading to headaches as well.

A breast reduction is designed to eliminate excess tissue from the breasts, diminishing the overall volume of each breast. Once the procedure has been completed, most patients feel healthier and more youthful.

The first step on any breast reduction journey is the consultation.

Getting Started on Breast Reduction

During your consultation with Dr. Ogilvie, you will discuss the motivations behind your breast reduction and what you hope the procedure will achieve. Dr. Ogilvie will then make recommendations on the best techniques to use in order to help you achieve the transformation you’re looking for.

Consultations are usually scheduled to last anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes. You’ll have an opportunity to ask all of the questions you might have. Dr. Ogilvie believes in a transparent and patient-centered approach to all of his procedures, from the first meeting to your last follow up appointment. To get started on your breast reduction procedure, contact us today to schedule your consultation.

Actual Patient

Before & After Photos

Who is a Good

Candidate for Breast Reduction?

If you’re thinking about undergoing a breast reduction procedure, it’s likely that you’ve been living with overly large breasts for some time. Breasts that are too large for your frame can develop for a wide variety of reasons, from simple genetics to generalized aging. For most patients, a breast reduction will involve eliminating excess skin or volume from the breast.

In general, good candidates for breast reduction will:

  • Have a good understanding of what breast reduction can accomplish.
  • Suffer from chronic neck pain caused by the weight of the breasts.
  • Suffer from chronic back pain caused by the weight of the breasts.
  • Encounter frequent headaches caused by neck and back pain.
  • Want to achieve a more well proportioned upper body.
  • Be generally healthy enough for surgery.

What Happens

During a Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction procedure is nearly always performed on an outpatient basis. You will usually be able to return home the same day as your procedure, after the initial effects of the anesthesia have worn off. The vast majority of your recuperation, therefore, will be done in the comfort of your own home.

A breast reduction procedure will usually follow this general outline:

Anesthesia — In most cases, patients will undergo general anesthesia, unless pure liposuction is being performed, in which case, local anesthesia may be an option. If local anesthesia is an option, a sedative may be used as well.

Incision — There are two basic incision types used to perform a breast reduction. One incision is shaped like a lollipop and the other is shaped, more or less, like an anchor. The less invasive the technique, the faster healing may occur–but the more limited your breast reduction may be.

Closing the Incision — Once the excess tissue has been eliminated, the incisions will be closed with sutures.


Reduction Results

Because of swelling and bruising immediately after surgery, it may take several weeks to notice the aesthetic changes achieved by your breast reduction surgery.

However, you may immediately notice the change in volume and weight. Once recovery is complete, patients will typically notice a much more youthful silhouette, as well as may experience an improvement in chronic neck and back pain symptoms.


Dr. Ogilvie

To learn more about breast reduction–and what a breast reduction might be able to do for your body–contact Dr. Ogilvie to schedule a confidential consultation at our Chicago offices.


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