Breast Procedure

breast reduction


A breast reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of overly large breasts and lifts them to a more natural position. A breast reduction often used to ease the physical symptoms that can be associated with excessively large or heavy breasts. Also known as a reduction mammaplasty, a breast reduction can be performed at any age post-puberty and can be used to help match the size of unequal breasts, reshape the breasts, assist posture correction and allow for a greater range of physical activity that may be restricted due to the weight or size of the breasts.


We have worked hard to be able to offer an affordable price so patients do not feel pressured to visit under qualified practices or destination surgery. 

Our breast reduction surgery includes surgeons fee, hospital fee, general anaesthetic costs, compression garments, post surgery gift and lifetime follow up care.

Breast Reduction
Patients with private health insurance
From $9,650
Patients without private health insurance
From $14,500

Some medicare rebates and health fund covers may apply to this procedure

The surgery

Before your procedure, Dr Wessels and our surgery team will make sure that you are comfortable and well before going ahead. Dr Wessels will draw on your breast to plan the where the incisions will be.

Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. The procedure normally takes three hours and can be performed in a number of ways, utilising various incision sites. An incision is placed under the breast fold, from the breast fold to the nipple and around the nipple and repositioned higher on the breast tissue. Excess skin, tissue and fat are removed to create a more youthful breast. Once the new contours are in place, the incisions are carefully closed in layers with a concealed absorbable stitch. The incisions are then covered with a waterproof dressing. Patients are then taken to recovery and will be required to stay in hospital for 1-3 nights following surgery. A surgical drain will be inserted into each breast and recovery Nurses will mange them until patients are discharged.

Our surgeons are available from the following hospitals for this procedure:

the recovery

After surgery our recovery specialists will given post-op instructions. It is important to follow carefully. You will be provided with a script for medication, which you will need to purchase after surgery and instructions on when to take the medication over the days ahead. You will be discharged from hospital when your companion picks you up from the hospital. All patients must have a companion to stay with them for 72hours following surgery.

The first week after surgery you should stick to gentle day-to-day activities. This includes minimal house duties, no lifting, staying home as much as possible and sleeping in an elevated position. Commence postoperative exercise (instructions given post surgery).

In the second week of recovery try not to raise your blood pressure too much and still sleep in an upright position. Patients will also be required to attend a postoperative appointment at our office in week 2. this will be scheduled prior to surgery.

In week 2 patients may:
  • Commence a light walk
  • Return to work in week 2 if you have an office job with little physical activity
  • Avoid sexual intercourse
  • Start driving provided they are not taking any pain medication. We also recommend waiting 3 days for the medication to be out of your system.

Weeks 3 – 5 patients with more physical jobs can return to work.

In weeks 3-5 patients may:
  • Start getting into a light exercise routine, using lower body
  • Start doing more physical household duties

In weeks 6-8 patients may:

  • Commence normal exercise routine and duties. Please note, do not push yourself into being back into your pre surgery routines.
  • Swimming, bathing running, yoga, stretching, spin class and Pilates
  • Stop wearing compression bra

At this stage patients are mostly fully recovered and sutures are absorbed. Patients should always wear a supportive bra when exercising or performing physical activity. For all patients with teardrop breast implants we recommend that you do not ever go back to using or exercising chest muscles heavily as teardrop implants can rotate.

In weeks 9-12 patients may:

  • Contact sport
  • Boxing and upper body exercise
What are the risks ?

Modern surgery is generally safe but does have the potential for risks and complications to occur.

Some possible complications and risks associated with breast reduction surgery may include:

  • Risks of anaesthesia including allergic reaction or potentially fatal cardiovascular complications such as heart attack
  • Surgical risks such as bleeding or infection
  • Breathing difficulties due to general anaesthetic or the endotracheal tube which can cause swelling, noisy breathing and discomfort
  • A blood clot in the deep veins of the legs (deep vein thrombosis), which can move to the lungs (pulmonary embolus) or to the brain and may be life threatening
  • Fluid accumulation around the operation site(s)
  • Allergic reaction to suture materials, tape adhesive or other medical materials and lotions
  • Skin discoloration, permanent pigmentation changes, swelling and bruising
  • Damage to deeper structures – such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs – can occur and may be temporary or permanent
  • Fatty tissue deep in the skin could die (fat necrosis)
  • Changes in breast and nipple sensation
  • Temporary or permanent areas of numbness
  • Asymmetry (unevenness) of the breasts
  • Potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola
  • Need for further surgery to treat complications

Asked Questions

We regularly get asked about our procedures, so we have put together a couple of questions we get asked on a regular basis.

If there is something else you would like to know, please get in touch!

Yes, breast reduction is considered a medical procedure so your private health insurance may cover your hospital costs

Medicare rebates are available on this procedure.

During your initial consultation it is important to discuss with your surgeon what is a desirable cup size you are seeking post surgery. While your surgeon cannot give a definitive size after surgery, this will provide as a guide.

Yes, breasts certainly can grow back after a breast reduction surgery. Weight fluctuation, breast-feeding and pregnancy can certainly influence breast size.

Yes, all breast reduction surgeries include a breast lift.

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