Breast Reduction Surgery by Dr Hunt.

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Large breasts shouldn't be a barrier to comfort and exercise.

Women with large breasts are often unable to fit the swimwear or bra of their choice, can’t exercise or run without enduring pain and may be embarrassed about their body shape. That’s why breast reduction surgery will have a profound impact not only on how you look, but how you feel.

A breast reduction will improve comfort, dramatically improve back and neck pain and alleviate emotional distress.

Dr Jeremy Hunt’s objective with all breast reduction surgery, known as reduction mammoplasty or even a boob reduction, is to help you achieve smaller, firmer, better-shaped breasts that are more proportionate to the rest of your body. Reduction mammoplasty can also include a reduction in the size and shape of your areola or nipples.

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What is a Breast Reduction Surgery?

Overly large breasts can trigger quite a few health issues, not to mention emotional ones. Breasts that are too big for your body frame can cause back, neck, and shoulders pain. In time, your body posture can be negatively affected by the excessive volume of the breasts, and even more problems can occur. From difficulties in breathing when laying down on your back to putting in a lot of effort to perform daily, normal activities, breasts with an abnormally large volume can make your life more complicated.

The only solution to correct overly large breasts is breast reduction surgery. The procedure is performed for aesthetic purposes but also to increase functionality and eliminate chronic issues such as dermatological conditions at the level of the inframammary fold, back pain, and others.

There is no alternative for breast reduction surgery. The procedure aims to eliminate the excess of glandular tissue to give you breasts that are proportionate to the rest of the body.

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How is the Breast Reduction Surgery Done?

The breast reduction surgery is performed with the patient under general anaesthesia as the procedure is quite complex and can take up to a few hours. The length and complexity are dependent on the profile of each patient and the amount of tissue to be extracted. The procedure can also be performed in association with other interventions such as liposuction at the level of the underarms to create superior results.

The incisions are placed around the areola and nipple complex to allow for a potential reposition and vertically from the nipple to the crease under the breasts. If a considerable amount of tissue needs to be removed, the incisions might continue along the crease under the breasts too.

After the incisions are performed, Dr Hunt detaches the skin tissue from the mammary gland. The excess of glandular tissue is excised, and the remaining tissue is repositioned and recentred to get perky breasts post-op. The skin is then redraped over the glandular tissue, and the excess is also eliminated. The incisions are sutured, and bandages are placed on the surgical site.


Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast Reduction Surgery is a popular procedure performed not only for aesthetic purposes, but also to increase functionality. There are multiple benefits associated with undergoing this procedure such as:

  • Breasts that are more proportionate to the rest of the body
  • You can easily do activities that caused discomfort before
  • It is easier to find clothes and lingerie that fits
  • No more rashes and itchiness in the crease under the breasts
  • Breasts are perkier

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Recovery after Breast Reduction Surgery

The recovery period after a breast reduction surgery is highly dependent on the complexity of the procedure and whether the procedure was performed alone or in combination with other interventions such as liposuction, for example. Your breasts might be swollen and bruised after the surgery, this can last for a few days or weeks.

It is best to avoid strenuous physical activities during the first two weeks after a breast reduction surgery and returning to the gym is only possible after four to six weeks. Here are more recommendations for the recovery period after breast reduction surgery:

  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least two weeks
  • Avoid sun exposure, as well as steam rooms and sauna
  • Sleep on your back
  • Avoid ample upper body movements
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects from the floor
  • Wear the compression bra

To avoid risks and complications that could occur during the recovery period make sure to follow Dr Hunt’s indications.

Breast Reduction Surgery Sydney - How much does a Breast Reduction Surgery Cost in Sydney NSW? Prices & Fees

The Breast Reduction Surgery cost Sydney, Australia varies for each patient depending on the type of procedure, the results you want and the time required in theatre.  Your total cost will include surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fee, hospital fees and surgical aftercare & support.  Since most patients undergo a breast reduction to address health concerns such as rashes and back and shoulder pain, some of the breast reduction surgery cost may be covered by medicare & health insurance.

Dr Hunt can take you through the process of applying for a Medicare rebate during your consultation once your specific requirements have been established. If you’re choosing to reduce the size of your breasts and insert implants, the costs associated with the cosmetic portion of the procedure won’t be covered. If your goal is to create a smaller silhouette overall, you may also want to consider pairing the reduction with other surgery, which will also affect the final cost.

During your Breast Reduction consultation, Dr Hunt will review your medical history, perform a comprehensive assessment of your breast and body contours, discuss risks and provide you with an accurate cost for your breast reduction procedure.

You can also learn more about possible Medicare & Health Fund coverage, a Breast Reduction Surgery Payment Plan, or the costs for breast reduction surgery on our Surgical Cost & Prices page.

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With over 20 years of experience as a specialist plastic surgeon, Dr Jeremy Hunt has built a reputation in Sydney for his ability to get the best results using the most innovative surgical techniques.

Dr Hunt is proud of the level of care and attention he offers and that begins from the day of first consultation.

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Dr Jeremy Hunt prides himself on providing some of the best Breast Reduction Sydney has to offer.

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What about breast reduction scars?

Dr Jeremy Hunt understands that scarring is a key concern for every plastic surgery patient, but perhaps none more so than breast reduction patients. Dr Hunt trained with some of the world’s best plastic surgeons at the University of Texas, where he mastered the technique of the short-scar breast reduction using a lollipop shaped incision. Unlike the older Anchor technique or Inverted T incision, this more modern lollipop incision avoids the large horizontal scar under your breast.  Scars also fade with time and further scar minimisation techniques can be performed by a dermal clinician to improve your results.

Occasionally, when only breast fat needs to be removed in a breast with high-quality skin and minor skin laxity, liposuction alone can be used to reduce size, using a scarless breast reduction technique that results in very minimal scarring.

Dr Hunt will discuss all these options with you during your one-on-one breast reduction consultation.

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Cosmetic Breast Surgery Guide

The ultimate Cosmetic Breast Surgery Guide has been created by Dr Hunt and his team as a useful tool to help you plan and consider this procedure.

Throughout the guide, we will discuss the ins and outs of different types of Breast Surgery, from what makes an ideal candidate, to pre-surgery planning answers to the most frequently asked questions received from real-life patients.

Meet Dr Jeremy Hunt FRACS

Dr Hunt has performed hundreds of breast surgeries on women of all ages, from enlargements and reductions to lifts and reconstructions, but the end result is always the same – increased confidence and big smiles. Most women say it’s the best thing they’ve ever done for themselves.

Book your personal consultation today to see many more of Dr Hunt’s breast reduction success stories and discuss what he can achieve for your breasts.

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Should I have Breast Reduction?


If you feel your breasts are too large, worried about the size and shape and are getting in the way – literally – then you are an ideal candidate for breast reduction surgery.

When can I go home after Breast Reduction Surgery?


You will stay in hospital for at least one night following your surgery. This allows for close monitoring of your drains, optimal pain control and for you to have a good night’s rest. Once you are comfortable and able to get to and from the bathroom, you can go home. You’ll be given prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medication at this time.

You’ll need to stay around the house for two to three days once you get home, and also eat lightly and drink plenty of fluids during this time.

Will I have to return for post-operative care after Reduction Mammoplasty?


You will see Dr Hunt a few days after your surgery. At this time he’ll check on your progress and how you’re feeling, remove the drains and if necessary, change your dressing.

You’ll then see Dr Hunt again at two weeks, three months and 12 months. Your health and satisfaction are his highest priority.

How long will I be off work after Breast Reduction?


You should plan to take at two weeks off work.

When can I resume my normal activities after Reduction Surgery?


You can return to normal activities after two weeks, however must protect your breasts from stretching activities for at least six weeks to allow the incisions to heal.

When will I see the end result?


You will have a good sense of your final result after a few months, however the true end result can take up to one year.

Can Breast Reduction Surgery help?


Breast reduction surgery (a reduction mammoplasty) aims to give you smaller, firmer, better-shaped breasts, which are in proportion to the rest of your body. It will also reduce the size of the areola – the darker skin surrounding the nipple. The benefits on your quality of life can be enormous after breast reduction surgery, and the procedure has a high level of patient satisfaction, as it is able to immediately relieve the physical discomfort suffered by many patients.

Breast reduction is designed to relieve the pain and discomfort of large breasts by creating smaller and firmer breasts that are more in proportion with the rest of your body. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin around the nipple. Large breasts can be a pain in the neck, literally. They can also cause back pain, reduce your ability to exercise, lead to skin irritation and even make it difficult to breathe.

If you’re unsure about whether breast reduction is right for you, there are some basic questions you can ask yourself:

  • Is the size of my breasts affecting my quality of life?
  • Have I done any research about the procedure?
  • What are my expectations? What do I hope to achieve with breast reduction surgery?

Once you have decided, it’s time to speak to a plastic surgeon.

Is Breast Reduction Surgery For Me?


For some women having breasts that are too big is a painful nuisance. Large breasts can cause immense neck and back pain for women as adequate support is often not available for their breast size. Breast reductions are a commonly performed procedure on women with large breasts who wish to minimise the size and pain that large breasts can cause. Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) is designed to give women smaller, firmer and more evenly shaped breasts which are in proportion to the rest of the body. Breast reduction surgery comes with a high level of success as well as patient satisfaction as it actively relieves physical discomfort and can improve body image concerns as well as self-esteem.

What are the Benefits of this Surgery?


Before breast reduction surgery many patients complain of multiple problems such as back, neck, and shoulder pain, discomfort from bra straps that dig in to the skin, difficulty exercising, difficulty finding supportive bras, and the frustration at not being able to find clothes that fit properly. However, these issues can all be solved with a breast reduction! Patients also tell us they find it much easier to exercise after their breast reduction surgery, which greatly assists in achieving weight loss after a breast reduction.

Breast reductions can also be combined with a variety of other procedures such as a breast lift, abdominoplasty or liposuction, to address body contouring concerns. It is also commonly performed as part of a post-pregnancy makeover or “mummy makeover”.

What are the different types of Reduction Mammaplasty?


There are a variety of techniques for performing a breast reduction and each technique will be applicable for different candidates depending on patient age, skin excess, breast size and desired result.

The three types of breast reduction surgery are each suitable for different patients

1. Breast Liposuction or Liposculpture – aka Scarless Breast Reduction

This procedure is used for smaller breast reductions only for patients with excellent skin quality and elasticity. The procedure aims to remove fat from the breasts which results in a breast reduction with basically no scarring – hence the name – Scarless Breast Reduction. It is useful only for breasts with higher fat content and lower amount of breast tissue.

2. Short-scar Breast ReductionThe Lollipop or Le Jour Incision Reduction

This procedure is for bigger reductions and is performed by cutting around the nipples and vertically downwards to remove fat and excess tissue from breasts. It leaves significantly less scarring than other forms of surgery. Minimal scarring is usually an important outcome for anyone undergoing surgery and Dr Hunt trained specifically in the United States in the technique of short-scar breast reduction. The resulting scar is around the nipple and vertical scar, without the long horizontal scar under the breast fold – hence the name “lollipop incision”.

3. Inverted T Scar or Anchor Incision

This is reserved for the biggest breast reductions and all incisions are inverted so as to minimise scarring. It involves cutting around the nipple, vertically downwards and under the fold of the breast to gain access to remove excess tissue.  This is used in larger reductions and older patients where the skin is not as elastic. This results in a scar around the nipple, a vertical scar and a scar under the fold of the breast.

What’s involved in the Breast Reduction surgery?


Your breast reduction surgery will be performed at your choice of hospital, following a general anesthetic administered by one of Dr Hunt’s personally-selected anesthetists.

The most common technique involves an incision circling the areola, then extending down and outwards along the natural curve underneath the breast, in the shape of an upside down letter T.

This allows excess skin and tissue to be gently removed, before Dr Hunt moves the nipples into their ideal position. Liposuction may also be used to remove any excess fat from the armpit area.

In the majority of cases, the nipples remain attached to their blood vessels and nerves, minimizing any loss of sensation.

After surgery, a drain will be inserted into each breast, and you will wear a surgical bra with gauze over your incisions. This serves as your dressing.

Breast reduction surgery should be performed under a general anaesthetic, given by an anaesthetist, in an accredited hospital, so you are assured of the highest standard of care and safety.

The surgical techniques used for breast reduction vary, but the most common procedure involves an upside-down T-shaped incision that circles the areola, extends downward, and follows the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast. The nipples are then moved into their new position and the skin from both sides of the breast is brought down and around the areola, shaping the new contour of the breast. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat from the armpit area.

Occasionally, when only fat needs to be removed, breast liposuction alone can be used to reduce breast size, leaving minimal scarring.

What happens during Breast Reduction Surgery?


The most common surgical technique involves an upside-down T-shaped incision (Anchor incision) that starts at the nipple, extends downwards and then follows the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast. In most cases the nipples remain attached to their blood vessels and nerves. However, on larger breasts, the nipples may have to be completely removed and reset into a higher position leading to a loss of sensation in the nipple and areolar tissue. Any excess fat can be removed through liposuction.

Though scarring may take up to 18 months to fade into faint lines, satisfaction with your new image should be immediate and will continue to grow. With careful consideration of your reasons for breast reduction surgery and thorough research with the help of your plastic surgeon, previous physical and emotional complaints will disappear as your new, firmer breast size brings a huge boost to your confidence.

When can I have a Breast Reduction? – What Age can you have Breast Surgery?


Breast Reduction surgery can be performed at almost any age but is best when your breasts are fully developed. Things to keep in mind include:

  • Your ability to breastfeed following surgery may change
  • Changes in breasts during pregnancy or with significant weight loss or gain can alter the outcomes of breast reduction surgery
  • Surgery is often covered by health insurance if it is performed to relieve medical symptoms
  • Teen Breast Reduction for under 18 y.o. needs parental consent and must follow a special process including a 3 month cooling off period

Are there any risks of breast cancer from Breast Reduction Surgery?


No. In theory, the occurrence of breast cancer is decreased by breast reduction surgery. This is because some breast glandular tissue, that could potentially become cancerous, is removed. A twin who has breast reduction surgery has less risk of breast cancer than a twin who did not have surgery.

Can I still have mammograms after Breast Reduction?


Mammography after breast reduction surgery is still as effective as before the procedure for the detection of breast cancer in these patients.

Can I breastfeed after a Breast Reduction?


The majority of mothers can breastfeed following a breast reduction. Bear in mind that not all women can breastfeed, and there is a small percentage of mothers that can’t breastfeed. There is a slight reduction in the ability to breastfeed after breast reduction surgery, but most women still are able to.

The ability to breastfeed is usually maintained because at the time of breast reduction surgery as the glandular breast tissue is left attached to the nipple/areola allowing the mother’s milk production to reach the nipple for breastfeeding.

Will I lose nipple sensation after a Breast Reduction?


Modern techniques of breast reduction surgery preserve the nerves to the breast. The majority of people report no change in nipple sensation after surgery, though some will have a slight decrease in sensation. It is rare to have loss of sensation and some people report an increase in sensation as the dragging weight is taken off the nerves to the nipple.

Will there be Breast Reduction scars?


The best result is the best-shaped breast with the best scars. Scars are inevitable, as incisions heal. However most scars usually fade to a fine line, and the satisfaction of the result of breast reduction surgery far outweighs the concern of the scarring. The scar will depend on the breast reduction technique used, and the scar may only be around the nipple, around the nipple with a vertical scar known as the ‘lollipop scar”, or around the nipple with vertical scar and scar under the fold of the breast the “inverted T scar”. It is important to remember the best result is the best-shaped breast and scar will fade to a fine line over time.

The scars resulting from breast reduction surgery do fade with time, and the use of scar technique management after the surgery will ensure the scars are as minimal as possible.

Can I have a Breast Lift and Breast Reduction at same time?


A breast reduction will reduce the volume of the breast and reshape the breast mound. This involves lifting the remaining breast tissue into a position above the fold under the breast and also elevating the nipple at the same time.

The result is a smaller breast mound in an elevated position with the nipple on the top of the mound.

Will Medicare cover Breast Reduction Surgery in Sydney?


There are Medicare item numbers that recognise breast reduction surgery because of the functional disability that large hanging breasts can cause.

To be eligible for a Medicare breast reduction you’ll need to be assessed by a plastic surgeon. Although Medicare may recognise the need for the procedure on medical grounds and you may fulfil the criteria for the breast reduction under Medicare, few Plastic Surgeons have the option of performing the surgery in a Public Hospital due to funding restrictions placed on public hospitals by Medicare.

If you meet the criteria for Medicare to cover your breast reduction, then Private health insurance will recognise it as well. This means that depending on the level of your cover, Private Health Insurance will cover most of the hospital costs and some of the surgical fee or surgical cost, but there will most likely be a “gap cost” or out-of-pocket cost.


About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. He is widely regarded as a top plastic surgeon in Australia. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.