Breast Reconstruction in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL

Restore Your Breasts’ Appearance


Introduction to Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction

Many who’ve survived breast cancer have experienced the trauma of losing part or all of their breast.

While the decision to reconstruct the breast is highly personal,  breast reconstruction in Vernon Hills at RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is an effective option for those who have had the look and shape of their breast altered.

Even though our practice name implies that we only focus on cosmetic surgery, the plastic surgeons at RL have years of experience and have performed thousands of breast reconstruction cases. With over 75 years of combined experience in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago, our team prides itself on delivering an excellent patient experience from start to finish, educating you along the way with everything you need to know about breast reconstruction.

Am I a candidate?

Treatment Type


Treatment Time

1-6 Hours


General Anesthesia

Back to Work

6-8 Weeks

Total Recovery Time

6-8 Weeks

Duration of Results

10 Years or Longer

# of Treatments


Treatment overview

Your breast reconstruction in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL may involve one of several different techniques, including the use of implants (saline-filled or silicone gel-filled) or a flap of tissue from the body.

Ultimately, the technique used will depend on a number of factors, including your age, lifestyle, overall goals, whether you still need additional treatments for breast cancer, and more. Your plastic surgeon can reconstruct one or both breasts depending on the patient’s needs, and they may also choose to perform the procedure right after breast cancer surgery or several months after the surgery.

There are times where the techniques in breast reconstruction are used not only for surgery due to breast cancer, but also due to other acquired or congenital breast issues such as breast asymmetry, enlarged areolas or nipples, or inverted nipples. The Plastic Surgeons at RL Center have years of experience with these types of issues and can provide the best options available for you.


Used to Treat

Loss of Firmness

Change of Shape

Nipple Orientation

Change of Shape

Age-Related Breast Shape Changes

Asymmetrical Breasts



Post Lumpectomy


Benefits of Breast Reconstruction

  • Breast reconstruction surgery can help restore post-mastectomy or post-lumpectomy changes in the course of treating breast cancer.
  • Overall, breast reconstruction can enhance your silhouette and improve the way your clothing fits.
  • Can help with both self-esteem and sexuality, helping women achieve of sense of normalcy.

How it Works

The Consultation

At RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, each initial patient consultation is different. Depending on your needs, desired treatments, areas of concern, and simply who you are as a patient, we will schedule you with an actual treatment provider to discuss your goals, budget, and more. During this appointment, we will go through before & after photos, your medical history, and any questions you might have. Only then can we make a recommendation for which procedures or treatments may be right for you and why. We will be sure to educate you on how the treatments work, including what to expect during and afterward.

Breast reconstruction surgery is typically covered by your health insurance. At the end of your consultation, you will leave our office in Vernon Hills with a thorough, personalized treatment plan. And when you’re ready, we’ll schedule your surgery for a day and time that works for your schedule.

The Procedure

After your consultation, you can expect your breast reconstruction procedure to last multiple hours under general anesthesia in the hospital or outpatient surgery center. Depending on the unique needs of the patient, your surgeon will either insert a specific implant or utilize flaps of tissue from your body. In addition to treating or preventing breast cancer, the procedure can also restore shape, size, and symmetry of the breast for those who’ve dealt with breast cancer or birth defects.


Breast reconstruction in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL is an inpatient or outpatient procedure performed at a hospital or outpatient surgery center. Your surgeon will review your recovery schedule in detail so you feel prepared for what to expect afterwards. Once you are discharged,  your surgeon will send you home with both instructions for your recovery and supplies that will help your breast reconstruction heal correctly.

It may take up to several weeks for patients to both resume normal activities and return to work following a breast reconstruction procedure. Depending on the patient’s specific needs, further procedures may be required in order to ensure that both breasts match in terms of shape and form.

Dedicated to your care

Frequently Asked Questions

Chicago FAQs about Breast Reconstruction

 Breast Reconstruction near you

Book Your Breast Reconstruction

Your improved silhouette is one click or phone call away. Contact us online or by phone at (847) 367-8815 to book your consultation to learn more about breast reconstruction and the personalized surgery process in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL at RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery Medspa.

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Happy patients


Dr Lu and his staff are wonderful! I’ve gone through two surgeries and have not been disappointed. I can’t say I’m looking forward to the next surgery, but I know I’m in good hands and will be well taken care of. There isn’t any other team I would place my trust in.

Katie is a gem and the best addition to that team. I have so many questions and she is always there ready to deal with my anxiety with a calm voice of reason and a smile. I feel like she has truly listened to me and genuinely cares about me.

-Nicole Hatfield

Dr. Ritacca is the best! He’s very knowledgeable and does a great job. I keep coming back to him every time I need a procedure done.
-Laura Cramer

Very friendly team, they are all very professional, it is a very clean facility. Dr.Leonard Lu does wonderful work. I am very happy with my results.

-Cynthia Brechel

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