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Breast Reduction

What is a Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction surgery removes fat, breast tissue and skin from the breasts. This procedure is for women who struggle with large breast volumes. Breast reduction surgery can ease discomfort and improve appearance. It might also help improve your self-image and the ability to take part in physical activities.

Breast Reduction Diagram Illustration Dr Duncan Taylor

a. The excess fat and skin are removed

b. The breast is re-shaped, and the nipple is lifted

c. An anchor-shaped scar

What Can I Expect with a Breast Reduction?

A Quick Overview

Surgery time: 3 hours. 

Length of stay in hospital: 1 night.

Recovery time: (The following are approximate times.)

Driving 3-5 days

Office work 1 week

Strenuous work/ exercise 4-6 weeks. 

Garments: Post-surgery compression bra should be worn 24/7 for 4-6 weeks.

Incision and scar: Incision around the nipple, extending horizontally down to the breast fold  


Other Things to Consider

  • You will have scars on your breast after this surgery.

  • Breast reduction surgery includes the lifting of your nipple into a higher position.

  • Your breasts will be swollen and bruised after your surgery.

  • Some patients that meet specific criteria can have a portion of their fees covered by Medicare or their Private Health Funds. There will still be an out-of-pocket expense.

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