Breast Reduction in Melbourne

Many women struggle with the pain and physical difficulties associated with having large and heavy breasts. While some experience back pain, shoulder pain and neck pain, others have low confidence or find their breasts restricting or limiting for sports and other activities. A recommended solution is to undergo a breast reduction procedure. This is a significant undertaking for any woman. An image design of the restoration ability of a Breast Reduction surgery in Melbourne at Me Clinic. A breast reduction can reduce breast size and alleviate discomfort.Me Clinic is the preferred destination for breast reduction surgery in Melbourne. Our breast surgery Plastic Surgeon team has performed many breast reduction surgeries in Australia and globally. With over 35 years of cosmetic surgery experience in Australia, we are highly experienced in Breast Reduction Surgery.

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Breast Reduction Surgery in Melbourne: A Comprehensive Guide

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure aimed at reducing the size and weight of large breasts to achieve a more proportionate figure and alleviate the physical discomforts associated with overly large breasts.

This surgical procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and involves the Plastic Surgeon making incisions on the skin, tissue and breast glands to remove any excess fat, skin and tissue. Traditional breast reduction surgery is effective in providing a dramatic reduction in breast size and a successful breast lift when combined with a Mastopexy.

An image design of a breast reduction surgery that also incorporates a breast lift. The breast reduction and lift is an option for reducing size and lifting the breast and nipple.

This comprehensive guide is designed to provide you with essential information on breast reduction surgery in Melbourne, including surgical techniques, recovery, risks, and other important considerations.

Overview of Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery involves the removal of excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size that is in harmony with your body, enhancing physical comfort and overall wellbeing. The procedure not only addresses the aesthetic concerns associated with large, pendulous breasts but also aims to alleviate common physical symptoms such as neck pain, back pain, and skin irritation beneath the breast fold.

Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery

In this traditional cosmetic procedure, breast tissue is removed to reduce the overall breast size. This, in turn, reduces the range of discomforts associated with overly large breasts to help you achieve a more active and fulfilling life.

Women who have undergone the surgery experience a range of benefits of breast reduction.

  • Backache, shoulder pain and neck pain are significantly reduced.
  • A huge weight off means less heavy lifting and no more uncomfortable bra straps.
  • Increased mobility for various sporting activities.
  • The areola can be adjusted in size.
  • Elevation of breasts ii possible where desired.



This 38-year-old patient sought advice for reducing their chest size with liposuction.


There was a reduction size with a correpsonding lift in the breasts.

Performed By: Dr Ashley Granot (M0001026218) MBBS, FFMACCS (Med), FACP, FACNEM, ABBRM, MA5M Cosmetic Doctor, Melbourne



Performed By: Dr Ashley Granot (M0001026218) MBBS, FFMACCS (Med), FACP, FACNEM, ABBRM, MA5M Cosmetic Doctor, Melbourne

Surgical Techniques

Several surgical techniques are available for breast reduction, and the choice depends on individual needs, breast anatomy, and the surgeon’s expertise. The most common methods include:

  • Anchor Incision: This traditional technique involves an incision around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and along the inframammary fold, resembling an anchor’s shape. It is suitable for women with significant breast enlargement and sagging.
  • Vertical or “Lollipop” Incision: The lollipop technique involves incisions around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease, suitable for moderate reductions and offering less scarring than the anchor technique.
  • Crescent and Donut Incisions: Both of these incisions are uncommon in a breast reduction. A crescent and donut incision are more suited to breast lifts to correct minor/ mild sagging, but a donut incision can be used in minor reductions when minimal tissue removal and reshaping is required.

An image design of different incision options used for a breast reduction. These incision techniques include donut, crescent, lollipop and anchor which are used in other breast surgeries also.

Each technique has its advantages and potential drawbacks, and the best approach will be determined during your consultation with a plastic surgeon.

Preparing for your Breast Reduction Surgery

It is advisable to undergo several preparations before undergoing your breast reduction surgery to ensure you have a smooth and comfortable recovery ahead.

For best results, we recommend you:

  • Obtain a medical evaluation and provide your medical history to the team of surgeons.
  • Inform the specialist plastic surgeon of any medication you are on, and adjust dosage where necessary.
  • Get a mammogram before surgery and post-op to detect any changes in breast tissue.
  • Stop smoking well in advance of breast reduction surgery as nicotine inhibits recovery.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.

What should I expect after Breast Reduction Surgery?

After your breast surgery, you may feel drowsy from the general anaesthetic. It is important to have someone drive you home and stay overnight. You can expect a small amount of swelling, which will gradually settle but you should be able to see some results almost immediately.

You are provided with the after-hours direct number in the event you may have any questions or concerns you wish to speak to us about. You must come back to the Clinic for your first post-operative care, within the next few days, then a weekly follow-up for six weeks leading to monthly patient care for six months.

For breast reduction patients, we recommend avoiding strenuous physical activity for around 3 weeks, but after 6 weeks or so you will be able to return to any exercise routines and normal activities you had before. Most patients find that it only takes a matter of weeks for their new breasts to feel “natural”, although with a reduction in breast shape, size and weight.

Our Surgeons and Nurses will continue to monitor your recovery period through several post-operative check-ups and are available at any time if you have questions or concerns.

Recovery and Healing

The recovery period after breast reduction surgery varies but generally involves several weeks of healing. Initially, you will experience swelling and discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed medications. It is crucial to wear a supportive bra and avoid strenuous activities during the first few weeks to facilitate healing. Most patients can return to work and light activities within 2-3 weeks, with full recovery taking several months.

Breast Reduction Cost

The cost of breast reduction surgery in Melbourne can vary widely depending on the surgical technique used, the surgeon’s fees, and the facility costs. Some procedures may be covered by Medicare or private health insurance if deemed medically necessary. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will provide a detailed quote and discuss available payment options.

Each reconstructive cosmetic procedure is tailored to meet the needs of every patient when it comes to breast reduction surgery. As such, a no-obligation consultation with one of our Surgeons is essential in determining what you require and determining which procedure will be best suited for your final results.

Our philosophy is simple. We want you to be fully informed, and we want you to understand all your surgical and pricing options, have realistic expectations and have one accurate price quoted once. Consultation and surgeon’s fees may apply.

There is no need for you to obtain a referral from your doctor to see one of our Surgeons. Generally, we can book you in to see one of our Surgeons in 7 to 14 days.

Choosing your Breast Reduction Surgeon

Selecting a qualified and experienced surgeon is crucial for achieving the best outcomes. Look for a surgeon who is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) or Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) and specialises in breast surgery. Understanding the surgeon’s approach to breast reduction, and feeling comfortable with their communication style are essential factors in your decision-making process.

Risks and Complications

As with any surgical procedure, breast reduction surgery carries potential risks, including bleeding, infection, changes in nipple sensation, and asymmetry. Discussing these risks with your surgeon and closely following post-operative instructions is essential to minimize complications.

How do I find out more about Breast Reduction Surgery?

Please contact the Me Clinic team. We have over 35 years of Cosmetic Surgery experience to share with you. We ensure you will be fully informed and understand your options before any surgical procedure.

There is not one single breast reduction surgery method to suit all patients. The method used will depend on individual needs and breast tissue. A consultation with one of our Plastic Surgeons is essential to determine the most appropriate and effective procedure for you. Both types of breast reduction may be eligible for a proportional Medicare rebate. Find out more about our terms and conditions including private health insurance.

An image design of what a before and after of a breast reduction procedure would look like.

Breast reduction surgery in Melbourne offers a solution for women suffering from the physical and emotional discomforts associated with overly large breasts. By understanding the procedure, recovery process, risks, and choosing the right surgeon, you can make an informed decision about whether breast reduction is right for you. Always consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss your specific needs and expectations.

Our Practitioners who Specialise in Breast Reduction Procedures in Melbourne

Mr Amir Tadros

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Dr David Ross

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Mr John Crock

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Surgical Warning: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Read more on the Risks of Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Ideal candidates are those experiencing physical discomfort or other issues typically associated with large breasts. Also ideal candidates are in good overall health, and with realistic expectations about the outcomes.

The ability to breastfeed after breast reduction varies; some techniques preserve more of the milk ducts than others. Discuss your concerns with your Plastic Surgeon during the consultation.

Breast reduction surgery typically takes 2-5 hours, depending on the extent of the reduction and the technique used.

Most patients can return to work and light activities within 2-3 weeks, with a full recovery taking several months.

Scarring is an inevitable part of breast reduction surgery, but with proper care, scars can fade significantly over time. Your surgeon will provide guidance on scar management, which may include silicone sheets, gels, and laser treatments to enhance the healing process and improve the appearance of scars.

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