…. more than just cosmetic if you also have physical
symptoms or a restricted lifestyle!
A Breast Reduction can offer major benefits for women with overly large breasts. Aesthetically, a reduction of breast size will allow you to enjoy a more active lifestyle, improve your self-image, and enable you to more easily fit into the clothes of your choice. However, apart from the aesthetic benefits, a Breast Reduction can also alleviate any physical symptoms due to large breasts such as neck, shoulder and upper back pain.
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.
We also recommend that patients wait until childbirth and breast feeding are completed before having a Breast Reduction as this type of surgery can affect the ability to breast feed.
What is involved in a Breast Reduction?
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’.
Typically, overly large breasts are pendulous and hang well below the natural crease under the breast. They also tend to have larger-sized areolas from the stretching of the breast skin envelope.
A Breast Reduction involves the following three surgical components:
- Excess breast tissue and skin are removed to deliver a reduced breast size in proportion to your body.
- During this procedure, the breasts are moved up to a more attractive and perkier position on your chest wall.
- Stretched areolas are also reduced to a normal size during this process.
How is it done?
Breast Reduction Surgery is always performed in a Licensed 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 Breast Reduction technique will leave some scars, the final pattern depending on the design of the surgery required as depicted in the illustrations below. Whatever the design of Breast Reduction performed, the scars will initially be pink but over time they should fade and become inconspicuous. However, if you have brown or Asian skin, you are at higher risk of developing brown pigmented scars and you need to take this possibility into account in your overall considerations.
Breast Reduction Designs & Techniques
Various patterns of Breast Reduction Surgery exist depending on each patient’s needs. They are:
Vertical or ‘Lollipop’ Pattern Breast Reduction
This may be an option for those with only a moderate excess of breast tissue and who still have a reasonable degree of skin elasticity. With this technique, the breasts are opened with an incision around the areola and down the centreline of the breasts. Through this incision, excess breast tissue and skin are removed, and the areola and nipple are then re-located to a higher, more aesthetic position on your chest wall. This design is not suitable for all cases and it sometimes requires touch-up surgery to correct minor skin irregularities in the fold under the breast.
‘Anchor’ Pattern Breast Reduction
Named after the pattern of the incisions made on the breast, this design is by far the commonest breast reduction technique. The scar pattern resembles an upside-down ‘T’ or anchor, hence its name. The incision starts around your areola, runs down the middle of your breast to a horizontal incision along the fold under your breast. Through this incision, the excess breast tissue and skin are removed to reshape your breasts and lift them to a higher, more aesthetically pleasing position on your chest wall.
Liposuction is an option only when a mild reduction is required and you have exceptionally good skin elasticity. It is rarely recommended because most patients in need of a Breast Reduction have both an excess of breast tissue AND stretched skin. Liposuction will only remove fatty tissue from the breast. It cannot tighten the stretched skin. Performing liposuction on unsuitable patients will produce a deflated, more pendulous breast with an even looser skin envelope than before!
Which Breast Reduction technique will I need?
Unfortunately, there is not a ‘one-technique-fits-all’ solution for Breast Reduction. The most appropriate technique for you will depend on a number of factors including the current size of your breasts and how much smaller you wish them to be.
This can only be determined after a detailed assessment of your breasts at an Initial Consultation. Our Surgeon will recommend whichever technique they feel will deliver the best result, explain everything about the procedure, and finally provide you with an itemised quotation as to the costs.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Those with overly large, pendulous breasts who simply desire a breast size more proportional with the rest of their body, or those whose large breast size is causing physical symptoms such as neck, shoulder or upper back pain.
A Breast Reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of overly large breasts by removing excess breast tissue, fat and skin – and, at the same time, lifting the breasts up to a more aesthetic position on your chest wall.
Yes. A Breast Reduction offers DUAL benefits: The breast size is reduced, and at the same time the breast is ‘lifted’ up to a higher, more attractive position on your chest wall.
This will depend on the actual design of the Breast Reduction. It can take as little as 2 hours for a ‘Lollipop’ Design or around 4 hours for an ‘Anchor’ Pattern Reduction.
Usually, only an overnight stay is required. You can then return home after our Surgeon checks you the next day.
Generally between 2 and 6 weeks depending on the type and extent of your surgery.
The scars depend on the pattern of skin excision required as illustrated above. Although no surgical scars ever totally disappear, they do progressively fade and become much less conspicuous over time.
The total cost of a Breast Reduction will be made up of the Surgeon’s Fee, the Anaesthetist’s Fee and the Hospital Fee – and each of these individual costs will depend on the length of your surgery. Although we can offer you an approximate total cost before your consultation, it is only after our Surgeon has seen you and assessed what design of Breast Reduction you require, and how long it will take, that we can give you an accurate quotation.
Bilateral Breast Reduction may be eligible for a partial Medicare Rebate on both the Surgeon’s Fee and the Anaesthetist’s Fee if it is causing physical symptoms. Moreover, if you do qualify 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.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.