Breast Reduction Sydney
In its Sydney location, the highly-experienced team of Cosmetic & Specialist Plastic Surgeons at Breast Excellence® can offer patients the full spectrum of Cosmetic Breast Surgery – from straightforward Breast Augmentations to more complex surgeries such as Implant Replacements, Breast Lifts and Breast Reductions.
Breast Reduction Surgery, also known as a Reduction Mammaplasty, is an extremely rewarding procedure for women troubled by overly large breasts – known medically as ‘Macromastia’.
Overly large breasts not only affect women emotionally, they can also cause physical problems such as neck, back and shoulder pain. Large, pendulous breasts can also cause skin irritation under the breast from the constant rubbing of the opposing skin surfaces. Other common reasons motivating patients to seek a Breast Reduction include:
- Nerve Pain
- Restriction of physical activities due to the overly large breasts.
- Poor self-image from the large breast size.
- Difficulty fitting into clothing and swimming costumes.
Breast Reduction Surgery effectively reduces the size of overly large breasts by removing excess breast tissue along with the stretched excess skin to achieve a breast size that is in proportion to the rest of your body.
A well-performed Breast Reduction can not only relieve any physical symptoms, it can also remove a woman’s self-consciousness over her breast size, dramatically improve her self-image, and allow her greater freedom to buy clothes and swimming costumes previously unavailable to her.
Our Breast Reduction Surgeon is Dr Sawjin Tew, an Australian-trained, female Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
Who is Suitable for a Breast Reduction?
Women of any age can have a Breast Reduction. However, in the case of teenagers with developmentally large breasts, it is advisable they defer Breast Reduction Surgery until the breasts are fully developed.
In addition, most surgeons recommend patients wait until childbirth and breast feeding are completed before having Breast Reduction Surgery as this type of surgery can affect the ability to breast feed.
How is It Done?
Breast Reduction Surgery is always performed in an accredited Hospital under General Anaesthesia.
Overnight stay is required but you can go home the following day after our Surgeon checks you.
Will I Have Scars from the Surgery?
Every type of Breast Reduction Surgery will leave scars, the final pattern depending on the design of the surgery. Initially, all scars will be pink but over time they should fade and become barely noticeable. However, if you have brown or Asian skin, you are at greater risk of developing brown pigmented scars and you should take this into consideration in your overall decision-making.
Breast Reduction Techniques
There are various patterns of Breast Reduction Surgery, each depending on what each patient needs. They are:
1. Peri-Areolar (Benelli) Breast Reduction: This minimal scar technique involves the excision of a halo of skin around the areola along with excess breast fat. It only suits those breasts with minimal skin laxity. Overly large breasts with stretched skin and stretch marks are better suited to other techniques.
2. Vertical Scar or ‘Lollipop’ Scar Breast Reduction: This may be an option for those with a moderate excess of breast tissue yet a reasonable degree of remaining skin elasticity. Not a suitable technique for everyone and sometimes requires touch-up surgery to correct irregularities in the skin fold under the breast.
3. ‘Anchor’ Pattern Breast Reduction: This is the best option for excessively large breasts with overstretched skin. The scars run around the nipple, vertically down the centre of the breast, and then along the fold under the breast. The scar pattern resembles an anchor, hence its name.
4. Liposuction: Rarely recommended for the simple reason that liposuction will only remove fat from the breast and it cannot address the issue of stretched breast skin. The likely appearance of a breast reduced by liposuction alone will be a deflated and usually pendulous breast with a looser skin envelope.
Will I Need Repeat Surgery?
Breast Reduction Surgery is generally done once only and should not need to be repeated, the only exception being to correct any minor unexpected irregularities.
What is the Cost
Approximate total cost: $15,000 – $16,000 (less Medicare Rebates and any Private Hospital Insurance Rebates). This covers:
- Surgeon’s Fee
- Hospital Theatre Fee + 1 Overnight Stay
- Anaesthetist Fee
The above cost is an approximate guide only as our Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Tew, operates at different hospitals and works with different Anaesthetists. Once Dr Tew has seen you and determined what exactly needs to be done and at which hospital, how long it will take, Dr Tew will give you a better indication as to your costs.
Is there a Medicare Rebate for Breast Reduction Surgery?
Bilateral Breast Reduction is eligible for a partial Medicare Rebate on both the Surgeon’s Fee and the Anaesthetist’s Fee if it is causing neck or shoulder pain.
Moreover, if you have qualified for a Medicare Item Number AND you also hold Private Hospital Insurance, you may also be eligible to claim a portion of your Hospital Fees depending on your Fund and Level of Cover.
The Easy Steps Involved in Having Breast Reduction Surgery at Breast Excellence:
1. Book your Detailed and Informative Consultation with our Surgeon.
At your consultation, our Surgeon will:
- Explain all about Breast Reduction
- Take detailed chest and breast measurements
- Give you a written and itemised quotation as to costs
- Give you printed information on Breast Reduction to take home.
2. Book the Date of Your Procedure
3. Pre-Operative Preparations: Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your surgery. You may also be given referrals for pre-operative pathology tests and a Mammogram/Breast Ultrasound if such are clinically indicated.
4. On the Day of Surgery: At the hospital, you’ll be seen by your Surgeon and then checked by the Anaesthetist before going to Theatre. A Breast Reduction usually takes between 4 and 4½ hours.
An overnight stay is required and if all is well you can go home the next day after our Surgeon checks you.
5. Post-Operative Recovery is relatively easier and quicker than many other forms of surgery. Unless your occupation involves physically strenuous work, you should be able to resume work within 10-14 days.
Your Surgeon will advise when you should return to work and when you should return for review and removal of your sutures.
Reassuringly, our Surgeons are available 24/7 after your surgery should you have any concerns.
6. Follow-up Appointments will be arranged after your surgery.
How to Get To Us
If Coming By Public Transport:
- If Coming By Train: 8 minutes’ walk from Town Hall Station, 5 minutes from Museum Station.
- If Coming By Bus: Disembark at a stop around Town Hall, Queen Victoria Building, or as close as possible to the corner of Park and Elizabeth Streets.
- If Coming By Ferry: From Circular Quay take any bus that travels along Elizabeth Street, disembark at Park Street or the stop closest to Park Street.
If Coming By Car:
Parking Station Locations:
- Enacon Parking (Wilson Parking) – 2 Cathedral Street Sydney (adjacent to St Mary’s Cathedral). 7 minutes’ walk to Clinic. T: 9380 88750.
- Domain Parking Station: the cheapest – simply park and take a 10 minute walk diagonally through Hyde Park. T: 1800 727 546. Book online.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.