Breast Reduction Sunshine Coast

Excessively large breasts can put strain on the back, shoulders and neck, causing mobility issues and creating discomfort. Plastic surgeon Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk can perform breast reduction surgery to remove excess breast tissue, reducing the size of the breasts and improving quality of life.

Breast reduction surgery model 01-4 2x, Fraser-Kirk Plastic Surgery

How do I know if I need a breast reduction?

You may be a suitable candidate for a breast reduction procedure if you:

  • Experience neck, shoulder and back pain due to the size and weight of your breasts
  • Find that your ability to exercise is limited due to your breast size and weight
  • Have posture issues that are caused by your breasts
  • Have trouble wearing clothing or bras comfortably
  • Are in good overall physical health
  • Are at or close to your ideal weight

Since significant weight loss can reduce the size of the breasts, we may recommend that patients are at or close to their ideal weight before undergoing breast reduction surgery, as weight lost after a breast reduction procedure can affect the results. If you are overweight, you can discuss your options during your consultation and determine if undergoing a breast reduction is right for you.

How is the breast reduction procedure performed?

The specifics of the breast reduction procedure will depend on what each individual patient needs to achieve optimal results. A suitable incision type will be chosen based on the amount of breast tissue that needs to be removed.

Breast reduction incision types:

  • Wise-Pattern/Anchor
    A circular incision around the areola, a vertical incision towards the bottom of the breast and a horizonal incision along the breast crease. This incision type allows the surgeon the most access to all areas of the breast.
  • Vertical/Lollipop
    A circular incision around the areola and a vertical incision towards the bottom of the breast.
  • Peri-Areolar/Benelli
    One circular incision around the areola. This incision type may be suitable for those who only need a slight reduction in size.

What can I expect following my surgery?

Some light bleeding through your dressings is normal and should only last a couple of days.
If a breast becomes swollen, tense or painful please contact Dr Fraser-Kirk.

When you come home from surgery you will have a compression garment in place with some absorbent combine pads in place.
There may be two drains, one from each breast. The drains will remain in place until less than 20ml is collected in a 24hr period.
All dressings are to remain in place and dry until your post-operative appointment.

You should rest. Sleep supported by pillows for 7 days post-operatively. you will leave the hospital with white compression stockings on your legs; these will stay on for 3 days to help maintain circulation and prevent blood clots.
No driving for 7 to 10 days. 6 weeks of rest with no heavy lifting is required.

Light walking can be resumed 2 weeks after surgery. No strenuous exercise for at least 6 weeks.

Pain relief will be prescribed to you to assist with the discomfort. If you run out of these, Panadol and Ibuprofen should be sufficient. It is common to experience some bloating and constipation following your surgery – if required, use coloxyl and Senna.
Aspirin should be avoided.

Once your surgical dressings have been removed, taping of the scars is recommended.
Micropore tape can be used to tape the wound for up to three months post-operatively.
Taping the wound prevents stretching of the scar and promotes scar maturity. Micropore can be purchased from most pharmacies and will need to be changed once weekly. You can get this wet, pat dry after showering.

Please notify Dr Fraser-Kirk if your scar appears lumpy, red or raised. A more suitable dressing may be required.

If you experience pain, widespread redness or offensive discharge from your surgical site please contact Dr Fraser-Kirk. These symptoms can indicate infection and may require antibiotics.

How much does breast reduction surgery cost in Sunshine Coast?

Breast reduction surgery costs are influenced by the details of the procedure, which will be different for each patient as the procedures are highly personalised. For a personalised quote, you will need to book a consultation with Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk, so that your individual needs and procedure goals can be assessed.

The costs of breast reduction procedure are based on anaesthesia fees, hospital fees, and the complexity of the procedure.

Medicare rebate for a breast reduction procedure

If your breast reduction surgery is deemed as medically necessary, as it is the cause of health or mobility issues, you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate.

To receive a Medicare rebate, you will need a referral from your General Practitioner or a specialist.

What are the potential risks and complications?

Selecting a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr Fraser-Kirk to perform your breast reduction procedure will ensure that you minimise your chance of complications occurring as much as possible.

The risks and complications of undergoing a breast reduction procedure can include:

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry
  • Breast sensation changes
  • Nipple sensation changes
  • Breastfeeding difficulties
  • Partial or full loss of nipples or areolae
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Deep vein thrombosis

Notify us if you experience any of the following

  • Heavy bleeding from the incision site that is difficult to control
  • If you have severe or increasing pain not relieved by Panadol
  • Temperature above 38 degrees celsius or chills
  • Redness around the incision site that is spreading
  • Pus or discharge that is foul smelling
  • DO NOT SMOKE. Smoking delays healing, increases risk of infection and complications can result.

Following your recovery instructions will help you minimise your post-surgical risks. During your recovery, it will be important to monitor your health and let your doctor know if you are concerned about any symptoms that you may be experiencing. Most of the side effects and complications listed above can be addressed with the right medical care.

Book a consultation with Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk

Your consultation will enable Dr Fraser Kirk to assess your individual needs, determine your suitability for the procedure, and create a treatment plan. During your consultation, you can also receive a personalised quote, so that you are financially prepared for your procedure. Additionally, you will be provided with preparation instructions that will be important to follow before undergoing your surgery.