Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.


What is a breast reduction?

Breast reduction surgery is designed to reduce the size and weight of the breasts and to reshape and uplift the breasts. During your initial consultation, Dr Paterson will gain a better understanding of why you are seeking a breast reduction, the result you want to achieve and what your expectations are of having the procedure. She will also discuss with you what options are available (including the type of breast reduction, scars, the size of the reduction, etc.). Possible complications and the steps which will be taken to minimise these complications, the aftercare and expected postoperative recovery will also be discussed during your consultation with Dr Paterson.

Do I need a breast reduction?

Large breasts can cause stress on the back and neck muscles, resulting in unnecessary discomfort and pain. Women with very large breasts may suffer from symptoms of upper back or neck pain, shoulder grooving from bra straps and rashes underneath the breasts. In addition to the physical symptoms, very large breasts can cause women to be self-conscious, have difficulty wearing clothing, or feel less physically active. Women who suffer from these symptoms often turn to breast reduction to reduce the size and weight of their breasts.

Breast reduction benefits

  • The breasts will look smaller, better-shaped and feel firmer after the surgery
  • There will be less strain on the back and neck, which will result in the reduction of back and neck pain
  • Irritation of the skin underneath the breasts will be reduced
  • You will be able to exercise more effectively

Breast reduction scars

Being a female plastic surgeon, Dr Jane Paterson understands the impact a large scar can have on a woman’s confidence. For this reason, Dr Jane Paterson takes great care to leave the smallest scar possible by using an advanced surgical technique aimed at reducing scar tissue. Short scar breast reduction differs from the traditional technique in that the internal blood supply to the nipple is based high in the breast and the heavy tissue from the lower breast is completely removed. The breast is reconfigured in a natural shape, and then sewn so that the shape of the breast is maintained. This allows less skin to be removed and reduces the scar beneath the breast. As well as less scars, the even greater benefits are a shapelier breast and better long-term maintenance of the result.

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

How do I get a breast reduction?

Breast reduction surgery by Dr Jane Paterson at her Melbourne clinic is a two-to-four-hour procedure which removes excess skin, fat, and breast tissue, while at the same time raising the nipple to an aesthetically pleasing height. If your concern is more focused on the emptiness or sagginess of the breast, then a breast lift may be more suited to you, rather than a breast reduction. It is also possible to combine these treatments to give best results. Dr Jane Paterson will be able to discuss this with you during your consultation to determine which option is best for your individual concerns.

Breast Reduction Melbourne

Dr Paterson believes it’s essential for women considering breast surgery to be fully informed, which is why a personal consultation with Dr Jane Paterson is the best way to decide what is right for your individual circumstances, body shape and expected outcome.

At Dr Jane Paterson’s clinic in Richmond we have patients coming in for consultations and procedures from a huge range of locations such as Collingwood, Abbotsford, Melbourne, Cremorne, Burnley and more.


How safe is breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery has the same risks as any other type of major surgery — bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to the anaesthesia. Breast reduction is a very common procedure.

Is breast reduction worth it?

Women who have breast reduction surgery are generally extremely satisfied with their results. It can make the breasts smaller, firmer, lighter, and more evenly proportioned. It usually relieves the physical discomfort and pain caused by large breasts. Your new breast size should help relieve the pain and physical limitations experienced prior to breast reduction, and you may find that a better proportioned figure will boost your self-confidence.

What to expect after breast reduction surgery?

Immediately after surgery, gauze is placed over the incisions, and the breasts are wrapped in an elastic bandage or supported with a special surgical bra. In some cases, there may be a small tube in each breast to help drain blood and fluid for the first couple of days. Stitches may be removed in 1 to 2 weeks.

Most women have some breast pain for the first few days after surgery and then milder discomfort for a week or longer. Medication can help relieve the pain. Swelling and bruising may last for several weeks. Wearing a surgical bra 24 hours a day can help reduce swelling and support the breasts while they heal.

What’s the recovery time for a breast reduction?

It can take anywhere between two and six weeks to fully recover from breast reduction surgery. You may need to take a week or two off work and shouldn’t drive for at least a week. The final appearance of your breasts may not be obvious for several weeks or even months after the operation.

What does a breast reduction cost?

Call our Richmond clinic today on (03) 9429 3343 to find out about our competitive pricing.

At Dr Jane Paterson’s clinic, we invest in the best result for you, which is why there are no hidden fees.


Dear Jane, Thank-you is not enough for how much you have changed my life. Jane you did an amazing job. The whole experience exceeded my expectations - from start to finish, making me feel so comfortable, reassuring me and taking such great care. I appreciate your gentle hands and what you have done for me.

– Anna B.

Contact Dr Jane Paterson

You can contact Dr Jane Paterson for an appointment using the below details.

We are located inside the Epworth Hospital, 89 Bridge Road in Richmond 3121. Entering through the main hospital entrance on bridge road, turn left and use the lifts by the Hudsons cafe to level 8. We are suite 8.4.

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Entering From Erin Street

Walk through the hospital towards Bridge Road – you will naturally end up on level 2 of the hospital and will walk past the main hospital reception area. You will see a group of three lifts. Use these lifts up to level 8. We are suite 8.4.

Public Car Parking

The public car park entrance is from 89 Bridge Road. From the car park you can use the lifts straight up to level 8. We are suite 8.4

Via Tram

Coming from the city take the 75 tram from Flinders Street or the 48 from Collins Street. Coming from South Yarra & St Kilda catch the north bound 78 or 79 from Chapel Street. Coming from Hawthorn, Camberwell catch any west bound route 75 tram. Coming from Kew and Balwyn take route number 48.

Via Train

West Richmond station is the closest train stop and is accessible via any city loop train on the Epping/South Morang line.