Breast Reduction

Breast Procedures

Breast reduction surgery is performed primarily to alter the size and volume of the breast whilst lifting the breast and adjusting the overall shape.

Women with large breasts may suffer from physical and psychosocial discomfort due to the weight and position of large breasts. This may include neck and back pain, painful shoulder indentation from their bra straps, skin irritation underneath the breast, and difficulty finding well-fitting clothes, undergarments, and swimwear. Breast reduction surgery may help to improve these physical and lifestyle factors.

Dr Taylor will conduct a thorough preoperative assessment and discuss surgery’s potential risks and benefits and all the considerations relevant to your unique situation.

Breast reduction surgery is appropriate for any woman experiencing upper back and neck pain, rashes under the breasts, bra strap indentation, and general difficulty managing life with breasts that are too large for their shape. However, like any significant surgical procedure, being as healthy as possible is crucial. Being overweight and smoking increases the risk of complications for breast reduction surgery. As always with surgery, nutrition is essential, so patients must follow a healthy diet and ideally participate in regular exercise.


Breast reduction surgery is performed in an accredited hospital under general anaesthetic.

The surgery takes approximately 3hrs and involves an overnight stay. The breast volume is reduced, during the surgery and excess skin is removed. The breast mound and nipple are repositioned to achieve a well-proportioned and positioned breast on the chest wall. Dr Taylor uses a technique that minimises the wound and scar burden whilst creating a natural and attractive shape. This can be achieved in most patients via a short scar or “lollipop” incision instead of the more commonly used “anchor” scar.

Risks and Complications

All surgery causes side effects such as bruising, swelling, oozing or bleeding from wounds, new scars, infection and wound healing problems. General anaesthesia carries a risk of wound infection and wound healing problems. Risks associated with known anaesthesia include cardiac/respiratory issues and DVT.

Some risks and complications specific to breast reduction surgery include:

  • Postoperative bleeding requiring a return to theatre
  • Nipple-areola complex changes
    • Changes in sensation which may be temporary or permanent
    • Rarely poor healing or loss (necrosis) of part or all of the nipple
    • Change in shape and size of the nipple-areola complex
  • Seroma – accumulation of fluid within the breast which may become infected
  • Asymmetry
  • Small lumps due to fat necrosis
  • Wound infection, which may require antibiotics, ongoing dressings and occasionally surgical management
  • Poor scarring, including hypertrophic and keloid scars
  • The ability to breastfeed may be affected
  • Need for revision surgery

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between fat transfer and fillers?
As opposed to synthetic fillers, the process of a fat transfer keeps the fat cells permanently where they are placed. They use a person’s own fat tissue for injection, rather than filler materials.
Am I a good candidate for abdominoplasty surgery?
The best candidates for abdominoplasty surgery patients are those who are fit, have already achieved any weight loss goals. Abdominoplasty surgery is not a substitute for diet and exercise and can be associated with increased risks in patients who are overweight or obese. Women who are planning future pregnancies should also delay abdominoplasty surgery.
How much does breast reconstruction surgery cost?
The cost for breast reconstruction is determined by the extent and complexity of the procedure, as well as surgeon costs, anaesthetist fees, hospital fees, and post-operative recovery costs. Because of its reconstructive nature, a portion of the procedure costs may be covered by Medicare or your private health insurer, but you will need to check what criteria you must meet to be eligible.
What is recovery from breast revision like?
Recovery from breast revision surgery will be similar to the recovery experienced following the initial implant procedure. It is recommended that you minimise strenuous activity and exercise after surgery. You should also avoid wearing underwire bras to facilitate proper healing of the underlying breast tissue.

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