Breast Reduction Surgery by Melbourne’s top Breast Reduction Specialist Plastic Surgeons. Also known as a Reduction Mammoplasty, Breast Reduction Surgery is a life-changing for many women who struggle with very large or heavy breasts. The surgery is extremely popular because it provides freedom of movement and reduces both physical pain (such as neck pain and back pain) and the discomfort of having very large breasts.
Breast Reduction Explained
What is a Breast Reduction?
Breast Reduction Surgery, also known as Reduction Mammoplasty, is a procedure involving the reduction of the size of overly large breasts. This procedure removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size that is more proportionate to a patient’s body.
A Breast Reduction is designed to alleviate the discomfort usually experienced in women with overly large breasts. It can often be a life changing surgery for women who have experienced restriction to their movement, social discomfort and physical pain throughout their lives.
Breast Reduction Surgery can help to:
- Reduce the volume and weight of your breasts.
- Reposition and/or resize your nipples to a more central location proportional to the new breast size.
- Even up asymmetry if breasts are uneven.
- Provide women with relief from the pain of having excessively heavy breasts.
It is important to note that Breast Reduction Surgery is one of the most complex types of Breast Surgery. At Cosmetic Surgery for Women & Men, our Breast Specialist Plastic Surgeons go above and beyond a traditional Breast Reduction to help get you an overall improvement.
- Our Specialist Surgeons take great care to minimise post-surgery scars and protect the function of the areola.
- There are several surgery options and incision approaches to Breast Reduction Surgery, including the Le Jour or ‘Lollipop’ Incision and Anchor Incision methods. We will discuss these different approaches in the Surgical Process Section of this Guide.
- Scarring will depend on the technique used by your Specialist Surgeon, among other factors. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon can recommend special scar minimisation strategies if required.
Am I a good candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?
When to consider breast reduction surgery
- Breast Reduction Surgery may be a good solution for those who would like to reduce the volume and weight of overly large and heavy breasts.
- It can help to reduce & reshape large, heavy breasts, as well as reposition the nipple to a more central position on the chest.
- Breast Reduction Surgery is an increasingly sought-after solution for women who become fed up with heavy breasts which can often lead to chronic pain, postural problems, fashion limitations and social discomfort.
- To be considered a suitable candidate for a Breast Reduction, you must have realistic expectations about what Reduction Mammoplasty Surgery can and cannot achieve.
Common reasons for wanting a Breast Reduction
- You are unhappy with the size, position or weight of your breasts (they are large, heavy in weight, saggy – or all three).
- Your breasts cause physical discomfort, neck or back pain and chronic skin irritations as well as bra strap indentations.
- Clothing, swimsuits, gym gear and well-fitted bras are nearly impossible to find due to the size of your upper body/breast area.
- Your heavy breasts aren’t symmetric in size.
- Your breasts cause you self-consciousness or make you look heavier than you really are (they disguise your rib cage and waist due to where they sit).
- You want more freedom in your life to wear what you want and to improve your overall posture and stance.
- As well as being unhappy with the size, position or weight of your breasts, you are concerned about the positioning of your nipples and would like them to sit at a more central location on your chest.
The Breast Reduction Surgical Process
Reduction Mammoplasty Checklist
Before deciding on your Surgeon or proceeding with surgery, there are a few important things that you should consider:
- Is my chosen Surgeon a fully qualified and experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon?
- Is my procedure going to be performed in a fully accredited Private Hospital?
- Am I in good health and at a healthy, maintainable weight or stable BMI?
- Do I have realistic expectations about what a Breast Reduction Surgery can achieve?
- Am I choosing to have surgery for the right reasons and at the right time?
- Am I able & willing to undergo a recovery and healing period of around 4-6 weeks?
- Do I have a friend, partner or relative who can assist me during my recovery?
The Breast Reduction Procedure
The procedure itself generally lasts for 2-4 hours and is performed while you are under general anaesthesia.
Medications and General Anaesthesia are administered for your comfort during your Surgical procedure.
There are a number of surgery options and incision approaches to Breast Reduction Surgery:
The ‘Lollipop’ Incision Breast Reduction method, also commonly referred to as the Le Jour or Vertical Incision method, is a newer technique in breast reduction. In this method, two incisions are made:
- The first incision is a complete periareolar incision (an incision made around the border of the areola) to reposition the areola and nipple to a higher anatomical placement.
- The second incision is a straight vertical cut from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary (breast) fold.
The Anchor Incision Breast Reduction method, also referred to as the ‘Inverted-T’ method, is the other Breast Reduction incision technique.
- An incision is made around the areola, down the middle of the breast and across the entire breast fold.
- With this procedure, the central and lower breast tissue is preserved around the areola, while the inner, outer and upper segments of breast tissue are removed.
- Your Surgeon will advise you on the preferred incision method to use for your particular surgery, depending on the condition of your breast tissue and what approach will work best to attain a successful surgical result.
– Removing Breast Tissue & Repositioning the Nipple
- After the incisions have been made, excess breast tissue, skin and fat will be removed (reduced), and your breasts will be lifted and shaped.
- Liposuction may be used to help reduce chest area skin folds and assist in giving you a pleasing breast shape.
- Your nipples remain attached but are repositioned. The areola is reduced by excising skin at the perimeter, if necessary.
- Occasionally, for extremely large breasts, the nipple and areola may need to be removed and transplanted to a higher position on the breast (free nipple graft).
– Closing the Incisions
- The incisions are brought together to reshape your reduced, smaller breasts.
- Dissolvable Sutures may be layered within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts and are also used to close the skin.
- Worried about post-surgery scarring? Read on to find out more about surgical scarring and the services Cosmetic Surgery for Women & Men provide Breast Surgery patients to help minimise post-surgery scars.
– Recovery & Healing
Although you will be able to see the results of your Breast Reduction Surgery almost immediately, it can take up to 4-6 weeks for post-surgical swelling to resolve properly.
It is important to remember that everyone’s surgical journey is different and your exact surgical process may vary from the details provided above.
Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons customise Breast Reduction Surgery for each individual patient to suit their particular breast condition, their desired surgical outcomes and the approach which will work best for a natural, long-lasting result.
For more information on the surgical process of a Breast Reduction or anything you’ve read so far, you can speak to one of our Patient Care Advisors on: (03) 8849 1444 or send us an email at email@example.com.
Rest & Recovery After Your Breast Reduction
The length of your recovery period will depend on your specific procedure and other health & lifestyle factors. Recovery times can vary significantly from person to person. The general rule, however, is that you should allow 4-6 weeks for initial recovery following your surgery. Scar maturation often takes longer, up to a year or more.
You will need to work with your Surgeon to allow for adequate and proper healing time. It is important to consult with your Surgeon before returning to daily activities such as driving, lifting and exercise.
It is also important to wear the post-operative compression garments throughout your recovery period for the required time frames. At Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men, your garments will be provided by your Surgeon. Good results depend on a collaborative approach and a healthy lifestyle. You will need to be willing to follow the specific instructions given to you by your Surgeon, and attend all post-operative appointments.
Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons provide a Rapid Recovery Pack that is called ‘Science & Love’.
This Pack contains evidence-based products aimed to facilitate your healing, as well as pampering products to use whilst resting after surgery.
Your Rapid Recovery Pack will also include a guide book with helpful information that can assist you through your healing and recovery period. Good results depend on numerous factors; so it is very important to follow your Surgeon’s specific advice.
Every patient is unique and surgery results can vary from patient to patient. It is important to work collaboratively with your Surgeon and to keep your expectations realistic.
Please keep in mind that your results from Breast Reduction surgery may be impacted by fluctuations in your weight, skin health or Body Mass Index (BMI). Pregnancy and breastfeeding may also impact on your surgical results following your Breast Reduction surgery.
To maximise the longevity of your Breast Reduction surgery results, it is important to maintain a healthy, nutritious lifestyle.
Men also get Breast Reduction Surgery, a popular surgery treatment for Gynecomastia (Gynaecomastia) or “man boobs.” If you want to read more about surgery for Male Breast Reduction, visit our Male Aesthetic Breast Surgery page or read the blog ‘Four Reasons Why Man Boobs Procedures are on the Rise.’
Why should I get a Breast Reduction?
Benefits of Breast Reduction Mammoplasty Surgery
Comfort & Ease of Movement
Breast Reduction Surgery is often performed on those who suffer from physical symptoms resulting from large breasts. These symptoms can include skin irritation in the breast crease, chronic pain in the shoulder and back, poor body posture and difficulty participating in physical activities.
A Breast Reduction procedure can help to alleviate these issues and restore comfort.
Reduction Mammoplasty Surgery can help you to be active and enjoy physical activity, with considerably less difficulty and discomfort than you may have previously experienced. This can be a very freeing experience if you have lived most of your life with restricted movement or have had your posture affected by your breast size & weight.
A Balanced Body
You can often appear heavier or bigger than you really are due to the size, shape and position of your breasts. Breast Reduction surgery can help to restore a more balanced body shape with breasts that are in proportion with the rest of your body.
More Clothing Options
Finding bras and clothing that fit properly can often be a difficult task if you have significantly large, heavy breasts. Breast Reduction surgery can help you not only to feel more confident in clothing & lingerie, but can also allow for greater fashion choices.
It can be particularly hard for those with overly large breasts to find bras that are comfortable and supportive. For these women, it can be a great relief to be able to shop more freely and without restrictions.
The size and appearance of your breasts can often have a significant impact on your body image. A Breast Reduction can help to restore your confidence if you have previously been self-conscious about your breast size and shape, as well as the effects that having overly large breasts can have on your body.
Although Breast Reduction Surgery entails a number of benefits, it is important to maintain realistic expectations about what Breast Reduction Surgery can do for you. Remember, that surgery cannot perform miracles. Surgery is serious and there are also certain risks and healing factors you’ll need to consider before proceeding.
Common Questions about Breast Reduction Surgery
Does a Breast Reduction hurt?
Most surgery does involve discomfort and pain during the initial post-surgery healing periods. It can be difficult to predict discomfort levels for each individual patient, as there are many variables to consider.
Discomfort after surgery is subjective to each patient based on their perception and sensitivity to pain. Fortunately most pain experienced during your healing period, particularly in the days just following your Surgery, can be manageable by following your Surgeon’s recommendations and post-surgery instructions precisely.
What steps can be taken to Mminimise pain?
Our Surgeon’s approach to recovery is to do whatever they can to get you back to your normal life as soon as possible.
Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons are dedicated to keeping you as comfortable as possible during your pre-operative sessions, your surgical procedure and your healing & recovery time following surgery. A Post-Surgery Rapid Recovery Pack is provided to patients which includes products proven to accelerate your healing. Getting good sleep can also help.
When can I return to work after Breast Reduction surgery?
The time taken to recover before returning to work or other daily activities, such as driving, often varies from patient to patient, and will depend on the type of Breast Reduction procedure you have.
Typically most patients find they can return to work 2-3 weeks following surgery. If your work is highly physically demanding, it may take longer before you are able to return. If possible, allow 4 to 6 weeks of adequate healing time before resuming certain activities.
TIP: Surgery advice is individualised. Your chosen Plastic Surgeon will be able give you personalised advice on when you can return to work and other daily activities.
Will I need to stay in hospital overnight after surgery?
An overnight stay in Hospital is generally required for most Breast Reduction procedures, so patients can be properly monitored and receive the best quality care.
Your chosen Surgeon will be able to advise you further about the length of your hospital stay.
Will I need to stop smoking prior to Breast Reduction surgery?
Healing is detrimentally impacted in individuals who smoke. Patients must refrain from smoking as it decreases the oxygen that is carried through your blood to your skin to help heal your surgical incisions. Patients who smoke have delayed healing and increased wound complications.
Your Surgeon will advise you to stop smoking completely at least 6 weeks prior to your scheduled surgery date.
What can be done to minimise any post-surgery scars?
Unfortunately, incisions are a part of Breast Reduction Surgery and you will have some form of a scar at the incision areas.
What you do after surgery will have an impact on scar formation. Follow your post-op instructions carefully and don’t do too much too soon.
Scar Minimisation using Fraxel Laser, Dermapen or Healite II Low Level Light Therapy is available to patients when required. Be sure to talk to your chosen Surgeon about the Scar Minimisation techniques available and what level of scarring you can generally expect.
Will pregnancy affect my Breast Reduction results?
Women who are thinking about future pregnancies are typically advised to delay having Breast Reduction Surgery until after they have finished having children and their family is complete.
This is because of the large changes the body goes through during pregnancy, which may have adverse effects on the results of a Breast Reduction.
When can I return to exercise after my Breast Reduction?
Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons typically advise that you should wait at least 4-5 weeks before returning to mild to strenuous forms of exercise.
However, you must advise your Surgeon before you return to any form of exercise or other similar activities.
It is important to work together with your Surgeon and keep them informed throughout your recovery & healing period.
How much does it cost for a Breast Reduction procedure?
Your selected Specialist Plastic Surgeon can offer you a price range for your surgery depending on the type of procedure, hospital and how long you stay in hospital.
At your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed quote for your chosen procedure. This will include a Specialist Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the Hospital fees.
An approximate range of out-of-pocket expenses for your Breast Reduction surgery can be provided over the phone from a Patient Care Advisor – call (03) 8849 1444.
Do I need a referral from a gp to book a consultation?
You do not need to have a medical referral (from a GP or specialist) to book a consultation with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons, however we do recommend it.
Having a referral can allow you to claim a small rebate (around $70) on the cost of your first consultation back from Medicare.
Please note that a GP referral to a Specialist Surgeon is valid for 12 months, and a Specialist referral to another Specialist has 3 months validity.
What does Breast Reduction Surgery Cost?
Each surgery is fully customised so we can give you a cost range over the phone, however, it’s really dependent on your specific concerns and needs. We believe you should never settle for a cheap overseas option when you may end up regretting your results – do your research.
What can I expect at my initial consultation?
At your initial appointment with your Plastic Surgeon you will typically:
- Have a physical examination.
- Have your photos taken.
- See Before & After photos from past patients.
- Find out more about surgical options.
- Receive detailed information about your selected surgery options.
- Go through the possible risks and complications associated with surgery.
- Find out about surgery pricing and available date(s).
- Have your questions answered; you can bring a supportive friend or family member with you for an “extra set of ears”.
More Information on your first surgical consult:
You can also talk to a Patient Care Advisor to answer your questions from 8am-6pm Monday through to Friday on (03) 8849 1444.
Choosing The Right Surgeon
Plastic vs Cosmetic Surgeons
Not all Surgeons have the same experience or intensive training and testing qualifications. Be sure you learn the differences between a Plastic Surgeon and a General Surgeon, Cosmetic Surgeon or other type of Surgeon.
Anyone with an MBBS Qualification (Bachelor of Medicine or Surgery) can call themselves a ‘Cosmetic Surgeon’, however they may not have had the minimum 12 years experience and rigorous training that is required to become a Plastic Surgeon.
Qualifications, Experience and Reviews
It is important to research a Surgeon’s qualifications, reviews and experience before deciding on the Surgeon who will perform your Breast Reduction procedure.
It is highly recommended that you choose a Specialist Plastic Surgeon who is accredited by a recognised association AND performs surgery in an accredited Hospital rather than a ‘back room’. Look for members of FRACS, ASPS, ASAPS or ISAPS as some of the qualifications of your Plastic Surgeon.
It may also be helpful to consider the recommendations of your friends & family, as well as online reviews to have a better understanding of a Surgeon’s experience and previous outcomes.
Avoid ‘The Cheap Option’
In today’s market, there are a variety of ‘cheap’ options when it comes to Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery procedures.
Although it may be tempting to go with a cheaper option for your surgery, choosing a qualified, experienced and safety-minded Plastic Surgeon who practices in Australia should always be a higher priority than the price tag. Your life is valuable.
Corrective Surgery can be extremely costly, painful and does not guarantee the results you originally wanted as not everything can be fixed. Whilst a cheaper option might look better for your wallet, it won’t guarantee great results and many patients actually end up spending more than they bargained for on Corrective Surgery in an attempt to fix the mistakes of a less experienced surgeon.
So, what should I look for?
- A local Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with the appropriate qualifications & recognised associations.
- A Surgeon who operates in an accredited hospital, not in the back-room of a clinic.
- Proven experience & good reviews from real patients on reputable websites or recommendations from your friends, family or GP.
Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons
About our Surgeons
At Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men, we have a team of FRACS qualified Specialist Surgeons in Breast Reduction Surgery. Our team of Specialists Plastic Surgeons includes Dr Craig Rubinstein, Dr Douglas McManamny, Dr Geoff Barnett, Dr Rebecca Wyten & Dr Richard Sackelariou.
Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons perform a variety of Breast Surgery procedures including Breast Reduction, Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation and Revisional Breast Surgery. They will be able to customise your Breast Reduction surgery to help get the results you are seeking in relation to smaller, lifted and sculpted breasts.
With over 25 years experience, our Specialist Plastic Surgeons have a wealth of experience, which means you can relax knowing you’ve chosen a highly experienced Surgeon.
Our team is also dedicated to best practice patient care & education, fully customising surgery for each and every patient to meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.
Experience & Qualifications
- Fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons (FRACS).
- Decades of experience and expertise in attaining quality Breast Reduction surgery results.
- Operating in fully accredited local Australian Hospitals.
- Achieved the highest training, qualifications & surgical memberships.
- Leaders in Breast Reduction Surgery & other Cosmetic Breast procedures.
- Excellent post-surgery care that includes Rapid Recovery Packages for healing.
- Dedicated to patient education and providing sound, honest advice to all patients, regardless of whether they go ahead with surgery or not.
- The latest Incision Line Scar Minimisation Treatments included with your Breast Reduction procedure.
Before and After Photos of a Breast Reduction
Patient Results from Breast Reduction Surgery Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health.
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NEXT STEPS on your Surgical Journey
How to Book your Initial Breast Reduction Consultation
- Email us below or Call on (03) 8849 1444 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment OR
- Book a Free 15-minute Phone Chat with our Patient Liaison Manager. Click here.
- A Referral from your GP or specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral although no rebates are claimable without one.
- Schedule a confidential consultation with your selected Specialist Surgeon by paying the $200 booking fee.
Want more information before scheduling your Surgeon consultation?
- Request more information – DOWNLOAD A GUIDE about the procedure or contact us
- Book a Complimentary Consultation with a Nurse.
- Organise a phone call with Patient Coordinator (FREE) Click here.
- Attend our Regular Practice Free Events and hear from our Team of Plastic Surgeons along with their top support team.
- Speak with a past patient that has had the procedure you want – call or contact us
Please contact us using the form below to arrange a consultation with one of our expert Specialist Plastic Surgeons or to speak with our Patient Care Team on (03) 8849 1444.