What is a Breast Reduction?
Breast Reduction Surgery or a ‘Boob Reduction’ is performed in Melbourne by Dr Patrick Briggs, Specialist Plastic Surgeon. Heavy, large breasts that weigh you down, cause neck or shoulder pain and impact your posture, can be a disabling condition for many women.
Both physical discomfort, and social anxiety that has become internalised, can affect the quality of life of a woman with proportionately large, heavy or sagging breasts.
Am I a good candidate for Breast Reduction?
If you suffer from any of the below symptoms you may be a good candidate for the surgery;
- Breast pain
- Shoulder and neck pain
- Back pain
- Recurring skin infections below the breasts, in the skin creases
- Harassment and embarrassment in social situations
- Fashion and clothing limitations
- Fear or reluctance to wear swimsuits in summer
What are the Benefits?
Many women who have large, heavy “overly-abundant” breast tissue are not happy or comfortable with the size of their breasts or nipples.
Dr Briggs has helped countless women have healthier, easier to carry and posture-friendly breast proportions through breast reduction surgery procedures (including liposuction for additional reshaping).
Even your nipple size or shape can be adjusted during surgery. This can leave a more aesthetically pleasing, more centred and more typical nipple-to-breast-size ratio and body harmonisation.
At the time of your operation, your breast ‘contents’ along with the skin envelope holding your breast tissues are reshaped, tightened and uplifted. This gives you a new, smaller and balanced breast shape that can also provide a more aesthetic appearance.
Many women report that they love being able to exercise more freely, have more clothing options, and feel less self-conscious wearing swimsuits after having the procedure/s.
About Breast Reduction Surgery
Many women choose to have a Breast Reduction surgery using the Le Jour Incision Method (lollipop) or Anchor Method.
Surgery techniques can vary from patient to patient. However, if you have a preference, you can discuss it with Dr Patrick Briggs, who is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with extensive breast surgery experience, prior to your surgery.
Breast Reduction Before and After Photos
Visit the clinic to see the real patient photo gallery of Before and After Breast Reduction surgery. Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly.
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Recovery after Surgery
The length of your recovery period will depend on multiple things including; your procedure and health and lifestyle factors. It’s important to remember that recovery times can vary from person to person.
That being said, the general rule is that you should allow 10-14 days for initial recovery following your breast reduction surgery.
Scar maturation often takes longer (up to a year or more). You will need to wear a firmly-fitted support garment after surgery for the period of time your surgeon advises.
Naturally, there will be a little bruising and swelling for few days after surgery. Often to our patients’ surprise, discomfort after Surgery is uncommon but we still prescribe painkillers to optimise your comfort.
Dissolving stitches are used under the skin. These don’t leave markings and do not have to be removed.
Minimising Scars after Breast Reduction Surgery
It is important to remember that all surgical procedures leave scars.
However, experienced plastic surgeons are extremely careful about scar placement and minimisation. Surgical scars generally fading over time with most becoming barely visible after 12 months.
We will arrange weekly post-op appointments with our specialist nursing team after your procedure to not only ensure everything is healing well but to monitor your progress and answer any questions you may have.
You will see your surgeon and/or nurse and/or dermal team about six to eight weeks post-surgery for a scar consultation and to organise scar minimisation treatments.
The Coco Ruby dermal team conducts a series of follow-up scar treatments using a customised selection of; Skin Needling, Healite II LED and massaging with oils, Fraxel Laser, V-Laser, Silicone strips & gels and Steroids can also help minimise scars. Ask the Coco Ruby Team!
Please avoid subjecting your incision to abrasion or excessive stresses during the recovery period.
How much is a Breast Reduction in Melbourne?- Prices and cost
Every person and their situation are unique and as a result tailoring surgeries specifically to the patient is the only option.
This means that the price of the surgery differs depending on things like; the type of procedure you are having, the complexity of the surgery, the hospital you attend and the length of your stay, among other things.
After your initial consultation, you will receive a quote. This will include a breakdown of the; Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and hospital fees.
We can also provide information on; Payment plans, Finance, Private Health Insurance as well as other payment options.
Funding Breast Reduction Surgery- Medicare, Payment Plans and Super
However, those done for purely cosmetic reasons are usually NOT covered by either Medicare or private health insurance. If your procedure is cosmetic only you must fund the cost of the surgery yourself.
Many patients ask about payment options and medical finance – You can learn more about payment options for funding your Breast Reduction procedure on our Funding Surgery page here.
Your super fund may be able to help pay for your procedure in certain circumstances – visit the Super for Surgery page to find out about the early release of super on compassionate grounds.
How to find the best
Breast Reduction surgeon in Melbourne
Your surgical results will depend on the surgeon you choose. Because breast reduction surgery is a major procedure, it’s important you choose a plastic surgeon with the skills to perform the surgery correctly. A reputable breast reduction surgeon has the following qualities:
- A Specialist Plastic Surgeon who is a Member of ASPS5 star online reviews from patients.
- Extensive experience in different types of breast reduction procedures.
- Patient Before and After Photos .
- Empathy and caring with recovery and aftercare.
- A great support team with long term follow up.
Risks and Complications of Breast Reduction Surgery
All surgical procedures carry risks and complications. Your Surgeon will make you aware of potential complications during your consultation and how you can avoid some of them, including;
- Skin or wound infection
- Changes to nipple sensation including loss of feeling/sensation changes to the breasts
- Potential disruption of nipple functions that may impede breastfeeding
- Breast asymmetry or uneven nipples
- Scars or skin markings, dimples or inverted nipples
- Other risks of surgery in general such as having anaesthesia, circulatory risks and bleeding
- Unfavourable scarring
- Blood clots
- Poor wound healing
- Breast contour and shape irregularities
Commonly combined /associated surgery
A Breast Reduction Surgery can be performed on its own or in combination with other surgical procedures such as liposuction.
It is also common to combine breast surgeries with surgeries on other body parts, for example, a tummy tuck. In fact, this combination is so popular it has a special name, a Mummy Makeover.
As a guide, it is best not to exceed a total of 4-6 hours of surgery and also to work on associated parts of the breast, body or face. See the BLOG on Combining Different Surgeries.
Breast Reduction FAQ’s
How do I get a referral for a breast reduction?
- Start by talking to your GP about the symptoms of your heavy breasts if you are looking to get a rebate from Medicare.
- Your GP can give you a medical referral after having a close overview of your condition, which will help plan the surgery accordingly.
Can I get a breast reduction if I am overweight?
- If you are significantly overweight, it can increase the risk of complications and is not recommended.
- Your BMI would best be less than 30-35 and must not exceed 40.
Can you get a reduction while pregnant?
- It is advised not to have the surgery while you are pregnant.
- Your breasts will change significantly during pregnancy and after childbirth.
What size do breasts qualify for reduction?
- Women with DD, DDD, and H cups and above typically qualify for the surgery.
Is there an age limit for breast reduction surgery?
- There is no hard rule which limits you from getting the surgery at any age as long as you are the ideal candidate.
Are breast reductions permanent?
- The results are generally permanent, but the size and shape of your breasts can change slightly due to weight gain, pregnancy, and age.
Do I need a breast lift or reduction?
- These two are entirely different procedures.
- If you are experiencing sagging, you can get a breast lift.
- You can get a reduction if you feel like your breasts are too big or heavy for your body.
- You can also combine the two, but you should organise a consult with a surgeon to discuss your options.
How long does a breast reduction take?
- Theprocedure can take anywhere between 2 to 5 hours, depending on the shape and size of your breasts and the technique used.
How small can you go with breast reduction?
- You can go as small as you would like, provided that there is enough breast tissue to support the function of nipples.
Is breast reduction surgery worth it?
- Yes, many patients say the surgery is worth it.
- It will not only give you a proportionate body but will also help you get rid of back, neck, and shoulder pain.
- if your breasts are causing you pain and discomfort then aliviating this pain is definetly worth it..
How long after a breast reduction can you exercise?
- After four weeks, you can resume light activity such as a light walk or stationary cycling.
- By six to eight weeks, most patients can return to exercise.
How long after breast reduction can I have sex?
- It is best to wait at least two weeks before having sex after surgery.
- However, it is best to comfirm with your surgeon before resuming any strenuos activities.
How long after breast reduction can I take a bath?
- Avoid showering for a period of 48 hours after the surgery. Always listen to your surgeon in this regard.
How long after breast reduction can I wear an underwire bra?
- Wait for three to six months before you wear an underwire bra.
- Its best to ask your surgeon when it is ok to start wearing a bra with underwire.
How long does swelling last after breast reduction?
- Most of the swelling will mostly subside two weeks after the surgery.
- However, for the final results, you need to wait at least six months, for your breasts to settle into their new position.
What bra should I wear after breast reduction?
- Immediately after the surgery, wearing a surgical bra as it helps with healing.
- After two weeks, you can start wearing a sports bra.
- But, stay clear of bras that contain underwire until cleared by your surgeon.
Can u breastfeed after a breast reduction?
- If you plan to have kids in the future, it is better to discuss this aspect with your surgeon in advance.
Can you get breast cancer after a breast reduction?
- No, breast reduction surgery will have no impact on the risk of breast cancer.
- Various studies have been done, and it is proven that breast surgery will not increase or decrease the risk of breast cancer.
Does your breast grow back after reduction?
- No, in most cases, results are permanent.
- However, if you gain excess weight, the shape and size of your breasts can change.
Does breast reduction affect pregnancy?
- No, breast reduction surgery has no impact on pregnancy. You can become pregnant at any point after having the surgery.
Will pregnancy ruin breast reduction?
- Well, it depends. In some cases, women are completely satisfied with their breasts even after childbirth, while in other cases, the size of breasts changes drastically. It varies from person to person and cannot be predicted.
How to reduce breast reduction scars?
- Wear sunscreen, avoid exposing your scars to direct sunlight, and apply the anti-scar treatments given by your surgeon regularly.
- Once you are fully healed, you can use scar gels with the consultation of a dermatologist.
What does a hematoma look like after breast reduction?
- It feels and looks like a firm lump under your skin. They can be as small as a grain of rice or as big as a grapefruit.
Further Reading – Medical References
- WebMD page on breast Reduction Surgery
- American Society of Plastic Surgeon article on breast Reduction Surgery
- MayoClinic page on breast Reduction Surgery
- American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Breast reduction Surgery Guide
- Clinics- Outcomes analysis of breast reduction in Brazilian women using the BREAST-Q® questionnaire: a cross-sectional controlled study
Dr Patrick Briggs
Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.
Dr Patrick Briggs offers not only high quality but also natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.
How can we help?
Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation
- If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
- You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.