Breast Reduction FAQ

What is involved- can you lift my breasts as well?

Yes. Breast reduction allows us to reduced the size of your breasts, lift you breasts and make your areolae smaller if needed. This can all be done in the one operation.

How long does it take?

Breast reduction usually takes between 90 minutes and 2 hours

Do I need an anaesthetic?

Breast reduction is performed under a general anaesthetic. We also use local anaesthetic as well so you are not in any pain when you wake up

Do I need to stay in hospital?

You would usually stay in hospital for one night after surgery and go home the next day after being reviewed by Professor Ashton.

Is it painful?

No. Most patients say that breast reduction is surprisingly painless. Most of our patients rate the pain at 2 or 3 out of 10 and only require panadol for pain relief.

What scars do I have?

Do you use the lollipop technique? Yes. The older anchor or “wise pattern” scar technique is not used very much anymore unless your breasts are very large. The newer vertical scar, or lollipop scar technique allows for a longer lasting result without “bottoming out”, a better shape and much shorter and less visible scarring.

How much time should I take off work?

You should take 2 weeks off work and avoid exercise for 6 weeks.

Can I shower after surgery?

You need to keep the dressings clean and dry for 2 weeks post operatively, then our practice nurse will see you and advise you further. It is very important that you do not use a normal shower for the first two weeks and that you use a shallow bath or a sponge bath instead.

When do I wear a bra?

After 2 weeks

Can I breast feed after surgery?

Yes

Will I keep my nipple sensation?

Your nipple sensation will be slightly reduced for the first 2 – 3 weeks after surgery. At about 2 weeks after your surgery your nipples tend to become very sensitive for a fortnight or so, before settling down and returning to normal.

Does a breast reduction interfere with my mammograms?

Breast reduction doesn’t interfere with your ability to have a mammogram. We would recommend that you have a mammogram shortly after your breast reduction to establish a baseline that can be referenced by the radiologist when he is reporting any subsequent mammograms.

Is breast reduction covered by my health fund?

Yes – You should quote the number 45520 to check you policy covers breast reduction.