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Breast Reduction

A Breast Reduction is a surgical procedure that removes fat, glandular tissue and skin to make breasts smaller, lighter, better shaped, and proportionate to the rest of the body. A Breast Reduction relieves many health problems such as neck and back pain, with the patient also being able to exercise more easily and improves self-esteem.

The procedure can incorporate repositioning or resizing the areola and/or nipple, or correcting the position of the nipple. Breast Reduction can be used in conjunction with breast implants to create fuller, perkier breasts.

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Australian Surgery Destinations  Sydney & Gold Coast
Surgeon: Australian Trained Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Consultation: $299 Plastic Surgeon Consultation Fee
Surgery Time: 2 – 3+ Hours
Anaesthesia: General Anaesthesia only is used
Post-Operative Appointments: Local: will be arranged with the surgeon; Non-local the following day
Recovery & Results: Up to 6 months
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An incision circles the areola extends downward and follows the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast. The nipple and areola remain attached to the remaining breast tissue, and this whole composite is shifted to its desired final location. The Surgeon will remove excess glandular tissue, fat and skin and then bring the skin from both sides of the breast down and around the areola, shaping the new contour of the breast. At this point, if required, large areolas can be decreased via a circular incision made around each nipple, excess skin is trimmed away and the nipple is repositioned in a more centralised location.

In a small proportion of women, the size of the breast reduction is simply too large to keep the nipple and areola attached to the remaining breast tissue. In these cases, the nipple and areola are removed as a graft, the reduction is performed, and then the nipple and areola are replaced back on the breast as a skin graft. This procedure is known as a breast reduction using a free nipple graft.

Breast Reduction

Technique Options

Vertical/Lollipop techniques all describe a technique with a scar around the areola with a vertical scar extending downwards. The choice depends on the extent of ptosis (sagging) and the surgeon’s experience with different techniques. Liposuction is commonly used with the Vertical techniques and less frequently with the Vertical/Horizontal techniques.

VerticalVertical or Lollipop Technique

Has a scar around the areola with a vertical scar extending down the centre of the lower breast. The choice depends on the extent of ptosis (sagging) and the surgeon’s experience. This technique is often used for smaller Breast Reductions, where the patient has good skin quality, and the Nipple Areola Complex (NAC) does not have to be raised a significant length.


AnchorAnchor, Inverted T or Wise Pattern

All describe a technique that removes the skin from around the areola, making a vertical incision extending down the centre of the lower breast, and then extends downwards to a horizontal scar beneath the breast, known as the inframammary fold. This technique is usually ideal for patients with moderate to large breasts, especially if a large amount of excess skin is visible. Breast tissue is removed from the inner and outer sides of the breast and the upper part of the breast.

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Potential Surgery Risks and Complications vary from patient to patient depending on a range of factors and the extent of surgical work required. Regardless of how remote, the potential risks listed below are possible. Your own research is essential especially if you are considering surgery. Following pre and post-surgical care instructions will also reduce your risks. See the following potential risks and complications include and not limited to:


  • Temporary pain, swelling, bruising, infection, scarring, fluid build up (seroma), bleeding and haematoma, numbness, Keloid scarring, reaction to anaesthesia and medications
  • Suture complications
  • Poor healing or Necrosis (common with smokers)
  • Loss of sensation in the nipples and areolas after repositioning
  • Changing in nipple sensation (Hypersensitive or under sensitive)


  • Mismatched breast size and unevenly positioned nipples (asymmetry)
  • Possible change in nipple sensation, hypersensitive or under sensitive

FAQ’s – Breast Reduction

Can I breastfeed post-surgery?

Generally speaking, most women can breastfeed successfully post Breast Reduction surgery, as the nipples are only relocated and not fully removed. Please note, all surgery risks should be discussed with your General Practioner and/ or researched.

What is normal recovery/back to work time after surgery?

Most people generally need 1-2 weeks before they can return to work, but each situation varies and depends on the Surgeon’s recommendation. While you recover, you will need to stop any significant physical activity for at least one month after surgery. You should also avoid any heavy lifting for at least two months post-surgery.

What will my scars be like?

All of our Surgeons are fully qualified and accredited Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, which means they have specialist skills to take special care during surgery to minimise the scarring and trauma to your breasts. As with any surgery, a Breast Reduction procedure will leave some scarring where the incisions have been made. The scars will vary from person to person as to how noticeable they will be, and by the type of incision that has been used. These will be red and swollen at first but scars typically fade over time.


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