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.

Price

We have worked hard to offer an affordable breast reduction cost, so patients don’t feel pressured to visit under-qualified practices or destination surgery. At One Cosmetic, our entire team of plastic surgeons qualify as Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS), having received 12 years of rigorous and specialised training in facial anatomy.

Our breast reduction surgery cost includes the surgeon's fee, hospital fees, general anaesthetic costs, compression garments, post-surgery gifts and lifetime follow-up care.

Our breast reduction surgery costs are as follows:

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.

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Please be mindful that the outcomes shown are specific to these patients.

BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY & RECOVERY

Initial consultation

Our experienced and compassionate medical team will listen to your concerns, assess your medical history and discuss your desired outcome. This step is crucial in tailoring the procedure to your unique needs and expectations.

Evaluation and marking

Our surgery team will ensure you are comfortable and well before proceeding. Your surgeon will draw on your breast to plan where the incisions will be.

General anaesthesia

Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anaesthesia to alleviate pain during the procedure.

Breast reduction surgery

The procedure typically takes three hours and can be performed in several ways, utilising various incision sites to remove excess breast tissue, fat and skin.

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 reduce the breast size. Once the new contours are in place, the incisions are carefully closed in layers with a concealed absorbable stitch and covered with a waterproof dressing.

Recovery and aftercare

Patients are then taken to recovery and must stay in the hospital for 1–3 nights following surgery. A surgical drain is inserted into each breast. The recovery Nurses will manage them until patients are discharged. Patients will receive specific instructions on post-operative care, including wound care and pain management. Following these guidelines minimises potential complications to help patients along their healed breast reduction surgery journey.

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

East Sydney Private Hospital (Woolloomooloo, NSW)
Macquarie University Hospital (Macquarie University, NSW)
Kareena Private Hospital (Caringbah, NSW)

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

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

At One, we are regularly researching how to minimise the possible risks during the procedure and our methods are now being adopted worldwide.

BOOK YOUR CONSULTATION FOR BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY WITH COSMETIC ONE

At One Cosmetic, our FRACS-certified plastic surgeons have a proven track record for delivering desired results for our breast reduction surgery patients. Our surgical team and recovery care specialists will be there every step of the way to ensure a smooth recovery. Since every patient is unique, their surgical journey should reflect that. Our personalised approach ensures your concerns and goals are heard and integrated into your customised treatment plan.

For all other breast procedures, including breast implant removal or breast revisions, our team is more than happy to assist. Simply submit an online contact form with any questions — we’re delighted to help.

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

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.