What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?

A breast reduction surgery is to reduce the size of your breasts and, sometimes, to improve their shape.

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Breast Reduction Surgery wait times in public hospitals

Waiting Periods For Breast Reduction surgery

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The Public health system in Australia has a waiting period for Plastic Surgeries - 90% of Patients waited this length of time for this procedure in the 2019/2020 calendar year.

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Breast Reduction SURGERY DETAILS

Who is Breast Reduction surgery for?

Breast Reduction is for individuals who want to reduce the size of their breast.

What are the benefits?

Your breasts are expected to be smaller and have an improved shape also removing discomfort.

What happens During Surgery?

The operation usually takes about 90 minutes.

A general anesthetic will be administered before the operation commences.

An incision will be made along the areola (the pigmented area encircling the nipple) and vertically below it. Subsequently, excess breast tissue, fat, and skin will be removed.

For individuals with larger breasts, there may also be a need to create an incision along the inframammary fold, resulting in an anchor-shaped scar.

How long will I stay in hospital?

You should be able to go home the next day.

What is my recovery time?

You should be able to return to normal activities after 2 to 3 weeks. You should be able to return to light work after a week. Recommend doing regular light exercises as soon as possible, such as walking to speed up your recovery. The results will improve gradually over time.

Meet the Surgeons

Mr Namal Munasinghe, plastic surgeon for Self Pay Surgery at Mulgrave Private Hospital
Mr Namal Munasinghe

Mr Namal Munasinghe is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, a graduate from University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Namal began and completed Plastics and Reconstructive training in Australia and has worked with many reconstructive and aesthetic surgeons at hospitals in Canberra, Melbourne and Perth, he now calls Melbourne home.


Dr Yvonne Chow, plastic surgeon at Mulgrave Private Hospital Self Pay Surgery
Dr Yvonne Chow

Dr Yvonne Chow is a Plastic Surgeon with special interests in the areas of skin cancers, breast reduction surgery and breast cancer reconstruction surgery.Currently, Dr Chow is appointed to Medical panels, serves as a councillor for the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and is the new Clinical Lead (Plastics) for the Australian Breast Device Registry.


SURGERY - criteria

Do you qualify for This Self Pay Procedure?

You are suitable for this surgery if:

  • You have a Body Mass Index under 30
  • You are over 16 years of age
  • You are not pregnant
  • You do not require complex rehabilitation or have a chronic disease that would require immediate post-operative care in an intensive care unit
  • You do not have sickle cell anaemia, renal failure or have had a cardiac arrest or cardiac intervention (e.g. insertions of stents) in the last six months
Simple ways to Pay

Payment Plans

If you’re looking for ways to pay for your surgery, there are options available with Self Pay Surgery. From using your own superannuation, to getting finance from one of our Pay Later payment providers, check our Payment Plans page for the details.


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