Breast Reduction

Reduction mammoplasty can significantly reduce the size and volume of excessively large breasts creating a more proportionate and attractive bosom.

Breast reduction, also known as Reduction Mammoplasty, is a highly gratifying aesthetic procedure for women.


The purpose of breast reduction surgery is to reduce the volume of the breasts that for some women may be causing embarrassment or feelings of physical unattractiveness.

In most cases restoring a proportionate bust to the woman’s body can have a massive impact on her self-image and confidence.

Other indications for breast reduction may include chronic back or shoulder pain due to the large weight of the breasts, recurrent infections under the breast, problems with bra and clothing fit.

Preoperative evaluation

It is imperative that you have a thorough and sincere discussion with your surgeon with regards to the reasons why you opt for a breast reduction surgery along with your concerns, needs and expectations. We believe in patient education. That is why our highly experienced surgeons will give you all the facts regarding your surgery including surgical approaches and potential problems and complications.

Your surgeon will also need to ask you several health related questions including any history of family or personal breast disease and perform a physical examination including the breasts, chest and armpits.

Dimensions of the breasts need to be accurately measured and any differences or asymmetry between the two breasts needs to be taken into consideration and discussed thoroughly. Preoperative photographs can also help in the identification of any potential dissimilarity.

Prior to surgery, a doctor may ask for:

  • Lab tests and/or medical evaluations
  • Certain medications to be prescribed or discontinued
  • A baseline mammogram before surgery

It is important to stop smoking well in advance of the surgery, as well as to avoid taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs prior to surgery, as these factors can increase bleeding and cause the incisions to take longer to heal.

Operative considerations

All approaches to surgical reduction of the breast must deal with the following four issues:

  • Reduction and reshaping of the gland
  • Creation of the pedicle for the nipple-areolar complex
  • Skin reduction and redraping
  • Superior repositioning of the nipple-areolar complex.

Surgical approaches

There are several incision techniques used by plastic surgeons, so it is important to ask your surgeon which method they would recommend and why. All of the breast reduction techniques produce some degree of breast lift. Your surgeon will take you through the various options during a thorough consultation.

We recommend that a woman seeking this surgery wait until after their breasts have stopped growing and do not wish to have any more children.

Postoperative care

Following a reduction mammoplasty you will be expected to stay in hospital overnight.

Drains are rarely required and postoperative pain is usually manageable with over the counter painkillers.

A reduction mammoplasty has a relatively fast recovery time. Protective gauze will be removed after a couple of days and a surgical bra will be worn for several weeks. The stitches are removed after 1 to 2 weeks.

You are advised to avoid heavy lifting for several weeks following surgery and may be able to return to work 10 to 14 days after surgery.

As with all surgery there is the possibility of complications. These will be discussed with you at your consultation and you will be given guidance on how to avoid them.

Contact us today to arrange a consultation with one of our specialist doctors who will be happy to discuss a breast reduction in further detail.


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