Breast Reduction FAQ

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.

Breast reduction usually takes between 90 minutes and 2 hours

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

After 2 weeks


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.

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.

Yes – You should quote the number 45523 to check you policy covers bilateral breast reduction.

Call 8560 0590 to learn more about our breast reduction procedures or schedule a consultation with Professor Ashton!