Surgery

Breast Reduction

All about 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. Breast reduction surgery can ease the physical symptoms of excessively large or heavy breasts. Also known as a reduction mammaplasty, a breast reduction can be performed at any age post-puberty to help match the size of unequal breasts, reshape the breasts, assist posture correction and allow for a greater range of physical activity once restricted by the weight or size of the breasts pre-surgery.

Results 15 - 20 years. Breasts will continue to age
Time in Surgery 3 Hours
Time off work 10 - 14 days
Exercise Limited for 6 weeks
Why consider breast reduction surgery

Breast reduction surgery offers several prominent benefits, including:

  • Firmer and Lifted Appearance: One of the noticeable outcomes of breast reduction is achieving firmer and more uplifted breasts. This contributes to a youthful aesthetic that enhances your overall appearance.
  • Improved Proportions: By reducing the size of the breasts, the procedure helps achieve a well-proportioned and balanced physique. This enhancement contributes to an overall more attractive and harmonious body contour.
  • Increased Comfort: Breast reduction surgery often brings increased comfort, especially when wearing bras for extended periods. The procedure alleviates the physical discomfort associated with overly large breasts, providing a more comfortable and satisfying experience in daily activities.
  • Nipple and Areola Adjustment: Breast reduction surgery can address concerns related to large nipples or stretched areolas. This not only contributes to the aesthetic appeal but also enhances the sense of attractiveness, both with and without clothing.

Overall, breast reduction surgery is not just about physical changes; it can significantly impact a person’s comfort, confidence, and overall well-being.

Price

Patients with private health insurance From $12,000
Patients without private health insurance From $16,900

Some breast reduction Medicare rebates and health fund covers may apply to breast reduction surgery. Reach out to our team, who would be happy to provide more information on Medicare breast reduction rebates. You can expect $800 -  $1,200 Medicare rebate. The Medicare item number for this procedure 45523.

Am I a candidate for surgery?

Before deciding whether to pursue breast augmentation surgery, you may be a good candidate for surgery if:

  • You have heavy or large breasts that you would like reduced
  • You are well-supported and have realistic expectations of the surgery
  • You’re able to take sufficient recovery time off of work
  • You are a non–smoker or are willing to abstain from smoking at least 8 weeks before surgery and 8 weeks post-surgery
  • You are 18 years or older
  • You understand there are risks involved and we cannot guarantee outcomes.
Where we operate:

Double Bay Day Hospital (Double Bay, NSW)
Macquarie University Hospital (Macquarie University, NSW)

The first step in finding out more about breast reduction surgery is to schedule a private consultation. In this consultation, you will meet directly with your specialist plastic surgeon. This gives you an opportunity to discuss your concerns and get all of your questions answered. 

To book a surgery date you can contact our team after a face to face consultation has been completed. You must wait 7 days from the consultation to book a procedure.  

During the consultation, your surgeon will delve into your medical background, inquiring about your medical history and any history of substance abuse, tobacco, or alcohol use. It’s essential to bring along a comprehensive list of all medications and supplements you are currently taking. The consultation includes a thorough examination of your complete and accurate medical history, where you’ll disclose any past surgeries, procedures, or complications you’ve encountered.

This detailed information equips your surgeon to make an informed decision about your general health and assess whether you are an ideal candidate for the procedure—fortunately, the majority of individuals meet the criteria for the intended procedure.

At the end of your consultation, Dr. Wessels will make recommendations about the best course of action to take for your breast surgery to achieve the result you are after. Every patient is different, and results always vary. While we can look at your inspiration images, we cannot ever guarantee your post surgery results. You must take this into consideration before proceeding with breast  surgery.

Once you’ve booked your surgery date, a pre surgery appointment will be scheduled 4 weeks prior to your date. This is your chance to meet with your surgeon again, ask any further questions, go over the surgery plan and take some images. This appointment ensures you’re well prepared for the upcoming surgery date.

The breast reduction process follows a straightforward sequence. Following the initial consultation and medical evaluation, a date for the surgery will be scheduled. On the day of your surgery, you will be admitted to one of our trusted private hospitals. The procedure is typically conducted under general anaesthesia. 

Firstly, excess breast skin and tissue are removed by making one or several incisions in the breast area. After the removal, the surgeon closes the incisions with stitches, and in some cases, repositions the areola and nipple. Liposuction may be involved in certain cases where excess fat is the primary issue.

The breast reduction procedure takes approximately three to five hours. It is an outpatient procedure, seldom requiring an overnight stay.

After the procedure, your surgeon applies bandages or gauze to cover incisions. You will be given a compression bra to wear post surgery. You will need to wear this bra for 6 weeks following surgery.  Temporary drainage tubes may be inserted to remove fluid or blood, to be removed within the first few days following surgery. They will be removed in clinic or at the hospital before you are discharged.

Patients typically return within one to two weeks for a dressing change. Minor pain in the initial days is manageable with prescribed medications. Bruising and swelling persist for weeks as healing progresses. Consistent use of the surgical bra aids in minimising swelling and providing optimal breast support.

The breast reduction procedure is widely acknowledged for its effectiveness and enduring results. Although factors like ageing, hormonal changes, weight fluctuations, and gravity may subtly impact the outcome over time, the new breast size alleviates physical restrictions and discomfort experienced before surgery.

  • 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
Recovery Guide

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. Most patients will need to stay 1-3 nights overnight in hospital. 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
Frequently 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.

Breast reduction surgery can alleviate physical discomfort, such as chronic neck, shoulder and back pain caused by overly large or heavy breasts. This procedure can also improve posture and allow patients to participate in physical activities that were more difficult pre-surgery. Consult with one of our qualified plastic surgeons to discuss your considerations and potential outcomes.

Breast reduction surgery involves incisions to remove excess breast tissue and reshape the breasts. As a result, breast reduction scars are inevitable. Initially, scars are typically noticeable and may be red or raised. However, over time, they tend to fade and flatten.

Most surgeons use techniques to minimise scarring, placing incisions strategically around the areola, along the crease under the breast, and sometimes vertically. While scars may never completely disappear, they often become less conspicuous and easier to conceal with time and proper care.

Real Patients,

Real Results

Jasmine Touma

Practice Coordinator + Post Surgery Nurse

Nursing Student

Meet Jasmine, our delightful practice coordinator who collaborates with Charlie and Katie to oversee both the team and our incredible patients. Jasmine is currently pursuing her nursing degree, aspiring to become a nurse injector in the future. She is actively engaged with our plastics team, where she manages the care of post-surgery patients, gaining invaluable hands-on experience in the field of plastics.

 

Jasmine possesses a calming nature that has the remarkable ability to reassure even the most anxious patients. Her passion lies in building genuine relationships with clients and thriving in a team environment.

 

Drawing from several years of experience in customer service and the beauty industry, Jasmine is well-versed in ensuring that your experience at OC is nothing short of exceptional.

Dr Adam Honeybrook

FACIAL PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGEON

Dr Honeybrook completed a 6-year medical degree at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, in 2009. He then completed basic surgical training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, whilst also sitting the United States Medical Licensing Examinations. This provided Dr. Honeybrook the unique opportunity to train at top hospitals throughout the United States.

 

From 2012 onwards, Dr Honeybrook undertook an impressive amount of training and accreditation in the United States, including General Surgical training at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre, a highly selective 5-year specialist training position in Head & Neck and Facial Plastic Surgery at Duke University Hospital in North Carolina – which encompassed extensive subspeciality training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, including microvascular tissue transfer, oncologic facial reconstruction, maxillofacial trauma reconstruction, facial reanimation and reinnervation procedures and facial aesthetic surgery – followed by an additional 2 years of accredited fellowship training dedicated purely to Facial Plastic Surgery via the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship under the auspices of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

 

In 2019, Dr Honeybrook completed further fellowship training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Louisiana and became an Assistant Professor of Head & Neck and Facial Plastic Surgery at Louisiana State University.

 

Dr Honeybrook then returned to Australia in 2020 to work as a specialist consultant surgeon at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and he was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 2021. In 2022, Dr Honeybrook was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and he was also granted Board Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

 

Dr Honeybrook’s 19 years of extensive medical and surgical training and experience has focused on Head & Neck and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and he has trained under some of the most highly regarded facial plastic surgeons in the world. Holding specialist medical licenses in both Australia and the United States enables Dr Honeybrook to frequently visit his mentors in North American to remain contemporary and continue his quest of lifelong learning to deliver optimal outcomes to his patients.

 

Dr Honeybrook’s unique training background enables him to provide patients with individualised results. He is one of a few surgeons in Australia with such an extensive training that integrates surgical skills alongside the latest technologies to deliver enhanced, yet natural results.

 

Dr. Honeybrook specialises in advanced surgical facial rejuvenation techniques including extended deep plane facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), brow lift, and other surgical and non-surgical restorative treatments. He also has extensive experience in transformative primary and revision rhinoplasty, and he performs approximately 150-200 rhinoplasty surgeries each year.

Katie O'Connor

Practice Coordinator

Katie is our beautiful clinic coordinator at OC and one of the first faces you’ll see when you walk through the doors or call our team. She has several years of experience in a customer service role and brings a wealth of knowledge in managing patients and understands what it takes to support our patients through their cosmetic journeys. 

 

Katie is passionate about skin and skin health, which is so important when patents are seeking advice on where to start. Katie has also recently been through the surgery process herself, so she can give first hand experience when it comes to any surgery related questions. 

Dr Thomas Webb

Cosmetic Physician

Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery

Graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery, Dr Webb has spent the last five years working as a surgical trainee in Sydney.


With a particular interest in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, Dr Webb has turned his sights to Cosmetic medicine, incorporating his knowledge of anatomy and technical ability to provide minimally invasive rejuvenation techniques, emphasising symmetry and aesthetic outcomes.

 

Dr Webb collaborates with several aesthetic medical clinics and national scripting partners around Australia. Ensuring patient comfort and safety are paramount to Dr Webb, and he always aims to exceed his patient’s expectations for all cosmetic procedures.

Shannon Mccarron

Practice Coordinator + Post Surgery Nurse

Nursing Student

Shannon is our lovely practice coordinator, working alongside Charlie and Katie, managing the team and our wonderful patients. Shannon is currently studying her nursing degree and has aspirations of one day becoming a nurse injector. She is currently working alongside our plastics team, managing the care of their post surgery patients, gaining first hand experience in plastics.

 

Shannon has a calming nature and can put even the most anxious patients at ease. She loves building genuine relationships with clients and working within a team environment. 

 

With several years of experience in customer service and the beauty industry shannon understands what it takes to ensure your experience at OC is second to none.⁣

Max Lambert

Senior Cosmetic Injector

Bachelor of Nursing

After working as a Senior Dermal Therapist in the beauty industry for over four years, Max has mastered the complexities of skin. Now, as an advanced registered nurse and certified cosmetic injector, Max offers the latest and most advanced treatments.

 

Additionally, Max has experience working in a clinical capacity in a critical care environment, specialising in vascular nursing. Max is passionate about helping clients feel like their best selves, accentuating their unique and natural beauty. Max is dedicated to working with every individual to form results-driven, realistic and client-centred treatment plans.

 

Furthermore, Max has formulated a genuinely gifted and aesthetic eye with attention to detail. Education is integral to his approach, ensuring clients understand all aspects of the treatments they receive, including product information and post-treatment care.

Max ensures he attends ongoing training, workshops and leading industry conferences to remain up to date with the most advanced procedures and modes of treatments available.

Lacey Lopez

Senior Dermal Aesthetician

After completing her diploma in beauty therapy at the Australasian natural therapies in 2011, Lacey was quickly identified as an emerging talent due to her meticulous attention to detail and offering a uniquely holistic and personalised approach to beauty and Wellness.

 

Holistic Wellness is associated with treatments and remedies that are natural, safe and focused on one’s internal and external wellbeing. Much more goes into Wellness of your skin than just a single treatment or product. Ones emotions, hormonal balance, nutrition, and the types of products used on the skin synergistically can make up the health of their skin.

 

Whilst gaining incredible industry experience both here and in the United States, Lacey went on to further her studies in holistic skin analysis – completing courses in lymphatic drainage, advanced dermal needling, skin mapping, hormonal imbalances, massage therapy an integrative nutrition. Her incredibly diverse training in highly customised treatment plans have ensured her reputation as one of the best aestheticians in Sydney.

 

Now, with over 12 years of industry experience Lacey acts as the senior dermal aesthetician for one cosmetic and skin therapist to celebrities. Her expertise lies in being results driven, providing exceptional service, and mastering high quality products and technology on the market. Lacey is forever researching industry innovations in remaining at the forefront of the latest procedures and modalities Lacey has become a renowned skin expert and trainer across the country. Book a consultation with Lacey to create your customised skin plan.

Dr. Louis Wessels

SPECIALIST PLASTIC SURGEON

MBChB FRACS (Plast) FCS Plastics (SA) MAdv Plastic Surgery (Macq Uni) Mmed Plastics (SA)

Dr Wessels is a cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgeon. His practice covers the whole range of procedures in cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery with special emphasis on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast (augmentation, reduction and breast lift) as well as facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr Wessels received his MBChB in South Africa, completing his internship and general surgery residency, training in one of the most challenging clinical environments, before completing his Fellowship and his Master of Medicine in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr Wessels successfully completed his second Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery when he was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2015. He has published world leading research on breast implant infection and outcomes following breast augmentation surgery.

Chelsea Scutts

REGISTERED NURSE

Chelsea has been with One Cosmetic since it’s inception, handpicked by Dr Wessels to manage his practice and patients. Having been in the health & beauty industry for over 8 years Chelsea has a passion for all aesthetic treatments! Her ever evolving thirst for knowledge and passion for delivering the very best to our patient is why Chelsea has a strong base of clients.

 

Chelsea treatments include anti wrinkle, dermal filler, PDO threads, lip enhancements, Morpheus8 face and body sculpting and much more! She has an eye for natural beauty and enhancing her patients features. She regularly attends seminars to learn new techniques for best practice.

 

Book a Consultation with Nurse Chelsea via the online booking system.

Dr. Anita Jacombs

GENERAL SURGEON & BREAST IMPLANT SPECIALIST

Anita is a general surgeon at a variety of hospitals across Sydney and has been working alongside Dr Wessels for the past 2 years. She shares a passion for patient health and wellness, which is why is completes all of our breast implant checks. Anita has warm nature and wealth of knowledge when it comes to surgery and its possible complications. Anita is available for breast implant checks in clinic too ensure you and your implants are in good health.

Charlie Saphin

PRACTICE COORDINATOR

Charlie is one of the beautiful faces you’ ll meet when coming into clinic. Charlie brings knowledge and experience in VIP customer service management. Charlie has such a calming nature that will make even the most nervous patients feel at ease.


Charlie knows the answer to all surgical and non surgical questions you may have. She loves chatting with patients and holding their hand along their aesthetic journeys.

Dr. Sepehr Lajevardi

SPECIALIST PLASTIC SURGEON

MBBS BSc(Med) Hons GDip (Anat) MS FRACS (Plast) 

Dr Sepehr Lajevardi is a specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon specialising in aesthetic surgery of the breast and body. After undertaking his undergraduate medical training at University of NSW with a scholarship, he went on to undertake 12 years of post graduate 12 years of post graduate training to be recognised as a specialist plastic surgeon with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Dr Lajevardi has a keen interest in research with many publications and more than 50 presentations at national conferences. Dr Lajevardi was also mentored by many of Sydneys previous leading plastic surgeons to further his skills in aesthetic plastic surgery.

 

Dr Lajevardi is a clinical associate lecturer at the university of Sydney. He is also a founding member and past chairman of the International charity organisation, ‘Doctors Assisting in South Pacific Islands’ (DAISI), organising much needed surgical trips to the pacific as well as medical supplies to help our closest neighbours.

 

Dr Lajevardi prides himself in his meticulous surgical technique. His paramount consideration is patient satisfaction, always striving to achieve tailored results in a caring and compassionate way.

Dr. Louis Wessels

SPECIALIST PLASTIC SURGEON

MBChB FRACS (Plast) FCS Plastics (SA) MAdv Plastic Surgery (Macq Uni) Mmed Plastics (SA)

Dr Wessels is a cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgeon and is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Macquarie University.

His practice covers the whole range of procedures in cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery with special emphasis on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast (augmentation, reduction and breast lift) as well as facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr Wessels received his MBChB in South Africa, completing his internship and general surgery residency, training in one of the most challenging clinical environments, before completing his Fellowship and his Master of Medicine in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr Wessels successfully completed his second Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery when he was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2015. He has published world leading research on breast implant infection and outcomes following breast augmentation surgery.