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Dr Jane Is Highly Experienced in Performing Breast Reduction Procedures

Women consider breast reduction surgery for a variety of reasons, from reducing physical discomfort to adapting to different lifestyle needs. Dr. Jane, known for her specialised expertise in breast reduction surgery, aligns her treatments with each patient’s specific goals. If you’re contemplating this step, Dr. Jane is a highly experienced plastic surgeon in Melbourne who can guide you through the process. A personalised consultation with her will provide insights into what’s achievable for you, always prioritising your well-being and unique circumstances.

After undergoing a breast reduction procedure with Dr. Jane, most patients can expect a two-to-three-week downtime period, and it generally takes about six weeks before one can return to more vigorous activities. Your recovery will be uniquely yours, and Dr. Jane’s personalised approach aims for the best possible healing and results. Dr Jane will schedule follow-up appointments to review your recovery and ensure you are healing well.

What are the risks?

Dr. Jane is a world-renowned surgeon who prides herself on ensuring her patients stay informed and comfortable throughout their surgery journey. However, as all surgery carries some risks, it’s important to be informed about potential complications that can arise.

Risks associated with breast reduction include but are not limited to:

– Infection
– loss of nipple sensation
– Breast asymmetry
– Scarring

Dr. Jane will discuss these risks with you during your consultation and answer any questions or concerns. She will ensure you feel safe, comfortable and well-informed throughout your surgery, from your initial appointment, through to your follow-up consultation.

Am I a candidate for
breast reduction surgery?

During an initial consultation Dr. Jane will discuss your needs and assess if breast reduction surgery is a good fit for you. She will answer any questions or concerns you may have, so that your decision is fully informed.

Breast reduction surgery may be the right choice if you:

– Are unhappy with the

– Are experiencing neck and/or back pain because of the size of your breasts.

– Are unhappy with the size difference between your breasts

– Can’t sleep comfortably due to the size of your breasts

– Find it difficult and uncomfortable to fit into clothing

– Can’t exercise and enjoy an active lifestyle comfortably

Our Results

Breast Reduction Results

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What can I expect during surgery?

Breast reduction surgery requires approximately two-to-three hours of time to complete and is done under general anesthesia.

“I specialise in short scar ,” Dr Jane explains. “The scar sits neatly around the areola and runs from the areola down to the breast crease.”

This approach involves making a lollipop-shaped incision in the breast with tissue being removed from the bottom and side. This ensures the blood flow to the nipple and areola remain intact. The short-scar technique results in breasts that stay high, are well contoured and have less visible scarring.

How long is the recovery period?

Women who undergo breast reduction surgery can expect an overnight stay in hospital. For most women, two-to-three weeks off work is also necessary after the procedure, with about six weeks of limited activity and no heavy lifting. Dr. Jane will schedule follow-up appointments to check you are comfortable and healing well.

What are the costs of Breast Reduction Surgery?

Many factors impact the cost of your surgery, so it is essential to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jane to learn the exact costs. Factors that affect the costs of your surgery include typical surgical costs, anesthesiologist/anesthesia fees, surgeon’s fees, garment fees, and medication fees.

You are encouraged to check with your health insurance provider to learn if some of the costs of the procedure are covered under your plan.

Why Choose Dr. Jane for Your Breast Reduction Surgery?

Choosing a great surgeon is important if you want to enjoy a smooth, successful procedure. Dr. Jane is a highly sought-after surgeon who understands the needs of her patients and strives to exceed expectations. She is the perfect surgeon for any patient who wants optimal care throughout their entire surgery journey.

If you would like to book a consultation Dr Jane, please contact us today at our Richmond clinic on

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

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If you believe a breast reduction and breast lift could transform your life, download our special breast reduction guide to learn more. Our guide has all the information you need in order to make an informed decision for your body.

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Breast Reduction Surgery Melbourne

Breast reduction surgery, known as reduction mammoplasty, offers relief and solutions to those burdened by the discomfort and physical challenges that can be associated with having larger breasts. This procedure is especially relevant in Melbourne, where individuals seek both aesthetic improvements and relief from the symptoms caused by larger breast sizes.

Individuals with larger breasts may face a variety of challenges, including:

  • Neck, Shoulder, and Back Pain: Carrying the extra weight can significantly strain the upper body, leading to persistent pain in these areas.
  • Poor Posture: The weight may cause a forward lean of the shoulders, encouraging a slouched posture.
  • Skin Irritation: The friction and moisture trapped beneath the breasts can cause irritation, including redness and rashes & ulceration. 
  • Shoulder Indentations: The pressure from bra straps supporting the weight can lead to grooves or indentations on the shoulders.
  • Physical Activity Limitations: The breast size and weight can restrict the ability to participate comfortably in physical activities like running.
  • Emotional Discomfort: The size of the breasts can attract unwanted attention, leading to feelings of self-consciousness or emotional distress.

It’s important to note that not everyone with large breasts will experience these symptoms, and the decision to undergo surgery is personal and varies from one individual to another. For those in Melbourne considering this life-changing procedure, a consultation with a healthcare professional can provide valuable insight and guidance, helping to determine the best course of action tailored to individual needs and concerns.

Potential Outcomes

Breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammoplasty, may provide a variety of benefits for individuals experiencing difficulties due to breasts-related issues:

  • Relief from Physical Discomfort: This surgery may alleviate chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain that sometimes results from the excessive weight of large breasts.
  • Improved Posture: The weight of breasts may negatively affect posture, leading to rounded shoulders and a forward-leaning head stance. Reducing the weight and volume of the breasts through surgery can help in correcting posture.
  • Reduced Skin Irritation and Infections: Large breasts can cause skin irritation, rashes, and infections beneath the breast area due to friction and trapped moisture. Breast reduction surgery lessens these risks by removing excess skin and tissue.
  • Enhanced Ability for Physical Activity: The size of the breasts may impede participation in various physical activities. Post-surgery, individuals often find engaging in sports and exercise easier and more comfortable.
  • Improved Symmetry and Proportions: Besides reducing the size and weight, the surgery also aims to enhance the shape and position of the breasts, creating a more balanced and proportionate appearance.


It’s vital to thoroughly discuss with a qualified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Jane Paterson, to understand the personal objectives, anticipated outcomes, and any potential risks involved in breast reduction surgery.

There are three widely utilised surgical techniques for breast reduction, each with its own approach depending on the surgeon’s experience and the specific requirements of the patient. Dr. Jane Paterson will offer guidance on the most appropriate method tailored to your body and the results you wish to achieve.

Anchor Incision: Commonly referred to as the keyhole incision, this method is so named because its shape resembles a nautical anchor. The incision starts around the areola, extending downwards in the breast’s centre, mirroring the LeJour technique. However, the anchor incision incorporates an additional, longer cut along the inframammary fold at the bottom of the breast.

Peri-Areolar Incision: This technique involves an incision made around the edge of the areola. Over time, its use has diminished as the potential risks often surpass its benefits. Many surgeons now opt for other methods that provide favourable outcomes with a reduced impact on nipple functionality, sensation, and overall breast tissue health.

LeJour Incision or Lollipop Technique: Some surgeons favour the lollipop technique because it is effective in lifting and reducing the breast, especially in cases of moderate sagging (ptosis). It involves removing a doughnut-shaped piece of tissue from around the areola and making a straight incision down to the breast crease, creating a ‘lollipop’ shape rather than the ‘anchor’ shape of other methods.

Detailed Procedure Explained

During a breast reduction procedure, the surgeon aims to remove surplus breast tissue and skin to achieve a more proportionate and comfortable breast size. This may also involve reshaping, repositioning, and lifting the nipples and areolas to ensure they are in harmony with the new breast size. In some instances, liposuction might be employed to remove excess fat from the breasts and torso, further enhancing the breast’s shape and overall body contour.

The quantity of tissue removed can vary widely, from as little as 100 grams to over 5 kilograms, depending on the individual’s specific requirements.

Breast reduction surgery often includes a breast lift (mastopexy) to ensure the breasts are not only smaller but also well-shaped and lifted. The surgery typically lasts between 2 to 3 hours, with the duration influenced by factors such as the initial breast size, the chosen surgical method, the surgeon’s skill level, and the efficiency of the surgical team.

Breast Reduction and Liposuction: Your surgeon might utilise liposuction alongside breast reduction to refine the shape of the breasts and the surrounding areas, achieving a more desirable contour. This technique involves the careful removal of excess fat through suction.

Nipple and Areola Adjustment: As part of the breast reduction process, the surgeon can adjust the size and shape of the nipples and areolas if they have become enlarged or distorted. This adjustment helps to ensure that the nipples and areolas are proportionate to the new breast size.

Pain Management: It’s normal to experience some discomfort following breast reduction surgery. However, your surgeon will recommend effective measures to manage your pain, contributing to a more comfortable recovery period. This may include prescription pain relief medication or advice on over-the-counter options. Adhering to the surgeon’s post-operative care instructions is crucial for managing discomfort and facilitating healing.

Use of Drains: Drains in breast reduction surgery are assessed case-by-case. While the surgeon will try to avoid their use to enhance patient comfort and reduce infection risks, drains may be necessary depending on the surgery’s extent and the patient’s specific needs. If drains are required, the surgeon will discuss this in advance and remove them as soon as it is safe.

Exercise after Breast Reduction Surgery

Following a breast reduction procedure at Dr. Jane Paterson’s clinic, it’s imperative to adhere to the post-surgical care instructions provided, particularly when it comes to resuming physical activities and exercise. The journey towards full recovery and achieving the best possible outcomes requires patience and careful attention to your body’s needs.

Initially, it’s essential to avoid any vigorous activities or exercises that could jeopardise your recovery. Dr. Paterson will offer personalised advice, considering your unique situation to ensure a smooth healing process. Listening to your body and gradually reintroducing physical activities as recommended is key to avoiding undue strain or complications. Before incorporating any form of exercise post-surgery, a consultation with Dr. Paterson is advised to ensure it’s safe to proceed.

The importance of rest cannot be overstated. The surgical process involves significant changes to the breast tissue and surrounding areas, necessitating a period of downtime for your body to heal completely. It’s normal to experience some bruising and swelling in the days following your operation. The recovery experience and pain tolerance can vary from one individual to another, with over-the-counter pain relief typically being adequate. However, should the need arise, Dr. Paterson may prescribe additional pain management solutions to enhance your comfort and facilitate a more restful healing period. Utilising dissolvable stitches, Dr. Paterson aims to reduce the visibility of scarring, although some scarring is inevitable. Our dedicated team will guide you in post-operative care to promote optimal healing.

In the weeks following your breast reduction surgery, prioritising rest and avoiding any activities that could exert excessive strain on your body is crucial. Refrain from stretching excessively, pulling, lifting heavy objects, or engaging in strenuous exercises for at least six weeks post-surgery. This precaution aids in preventing complications and ensures proper healing. Skincare is also a vital component of the recovery process. Adhering to the post-operative care instructions, including gentle skincare practices and using recommended support garments, is essential for supporting your recovery and achieving the best results from your breast reduction surgery.