Dr David Campbell  

                                                                                     MB BS FRACS

                       Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

                                       149 Wickham Terrace  Brisbane

                                       (07) 3839 7800

Breast Reduction

What Is Plastic Surgery?
Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic Injections
Cosmetic Skin Care
Breast Surgery
Reconstructive Surgery
Moles, Sun Spots, Skin Cancer









Who can benefit?

Having very large breasts can be an uncomfortable and restrictive problem, interfering with many normal activities every day.  This may cause neck or back pain, shoulder pain or grooves, or rashes under the breasts.  Breast reduction surgery can be of great benefit to women in these situations.

Will Medicare or my health fund contribute?

Breast reduction surgery will usually qualify for a Medicare and health fund rebate.  You are wise to check with your own health fund to be sure of the extent of your cover.

What options are there?

Various procedures can be used to achieve breast reduction, depending on the amount of the reduction, the quality of the skin and other factors.  


The options range from a small reduction with liposuction, through to a large reduction and uplift using an "inverted T" shaped scar.  Various procedures are also available with less scarring than the typical inverted T.  Each option has different advantages, so the final choice can only be made after a detailed consultation.

What's involved?

Breast reduction surgery is typically done in hospital, with an overnight stay.  Occasionally a longer period in hospital may be required.  It is important to plan for a number of quiet weeks after surgery, to avoid excessive strain on the surgical wounds.  You should discuss the appropriate time to return to various activities. 

Are there risks?

If anyone tells you about surgery with no risks, you should wonder what you are not being told.  You need to make an informed choice about whether the potential benefits of surgery justify these inevitable risks.  It is also important that you are in the hands of someone with a breadth of skills and training to foresee and prevent problems, or to deal with them if they do unfortunately arise.


Breast reduction surgery  does leave scars on the breasts.  These will usually go through a phase of being a bit red and firm initially, but will usually improve gradually over several months.  On some occasions, these scars may become more thickened and red than usual.  It is not always possible to predict who this will happen to.  It is important that if this does occur, you should start early to try to deal with the problem using the range of scar control measures which  your plastic surgeon can offer.


Scarring will also occur inside the breast.  This should be taken into account when undergoing screening mammograms.  By obtaining a mammogram twelve months after surgery, it may be easier to determine the significance of any subsequent changes in your mammograms.


Some patients do succeed in breast feeding after reduction surgery.  This may, however, not be possible after some reduction techniques.  If you would like to breast feed in the future, you should ideally consider deferring surgery until you have finished having your family.  You may also wish to discuss how the reduction techniques may be tailored to optimise the chances of successful breast feeding in the future.


Some changes in sensation are usually noticed in the breasts and nipples in the short term.  This will usually improve over a period of weeks or months, but permanent changes in feeling may occur.


Blood supply to various parts of the breast will be affected by surgery, and occasionally this may lead to some fat cells dying, and very rarely some skin or nipple tissue dying.  These risks are increased significantly by smoking and some medical conditions.


This is by no means an exhaustive list of all potential risks with this surgery.  There are a number of general risks associated with any surgery such as wound infections, wound healing problems, bleeding, blood clots and anaesthetic complications.  Further information about the risks of surgery will be covered in your consultation, and additional written information given to you at that time.


More information on Breast Reduction 

The Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery - Breast Reduction web page





    Main Office:        

    Suite 82,  Level 8,  Morris Towers,   149 Wickham Terrace,    Brisbane    Qld  4000   

Phone: (07) 3839 7800

Fax:  (07) 3839 4334


Also Consulting at:  


Emerald Medical Group - Superclinic. Pilot Farm Road,  Emerald,   Qld  4720   Ph: (07) 3839 7800

Stellar Medical Springfield Lakes,18 Springfield Lakes Blvd, Springfield Lakes,  Qld. 4300   Ph: (07) 3839 7800

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