Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

Integrated Specialist Healthcare offers breast reduction surgery for those looking to decrease the strain on their necks and backs, and also to reshape the breast for a more confidence-boosting figure.

What is breast reduction?

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a frequently performed operation in cosmetic and plastic surgery. The aim is to reduce the weight of the breasts to relieve neck and back strain, and also lift the nipple and reshape the breast into a more aesthetic form in line with the rest of your figure. We often note that those who undergo a breast reduction surgery are amongst the happiest patients in our practice.

The breast reduction procedure

Your surgeon will draw on your breasts prior to the procedure, marking the incision lines and making other relevant measurements to roadmap the skin and breast tissue excision. Your surgeon will measure the height of the nipple and estimate the volume of breast to be removed.


Breast reduction surgery is performed with the patient under general anaesthesia, and closure will be either in an inverted T-shaped scar or a vertical (short) scar. There will usually also be a scar around the areola of the nipple.


At the end of the operation, a firm dressing or brassiere is placed around your chest, and drainage tubes may be placed to eliminate any blood that may accumulate. These drains are removed within 24-48 hours following the procedure.

Funding access

You may be able to gain funding access for breast reduction surgery. Breast reduction is covered by some private health funds when indicated for chronic neck/back pain and strain.


What are the risks and complications of breast reduction surgery?


As with any surgery, breast reduction involves risks and potential complications. The possible risks and complications associated with breast reduction include:


  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Loss of sensation in the nipples or breasts, which may be temporary or permanent
  • Potential inability to breastfeed
  • Delayed healing


How long before I can go out and by a new bra?


You wear a compression bra for 6 weeks following the surgery. After this, the breast volume will settle and the shape will also become more of a “tear drop”. It is at this time that you can be properly measured for new bras.


What cup size will I be?


It is difficult to predict exactly what cup size you will be, as bras can vary significantly in size/shape. The aim of the breast reduction is to give you a size, shape and position of your breast in proportion to the rest of your figure. It is also very important to note that there will be some minor difference is shape and size of the breast from one side to the other – but then no two breasts are exactly the same size or shape to start with!

Have more questions? Please contact us.