Breast Reduction

A breast lift and breast reduction are surgical procedures that involve the removal of breast tissue and reshaping of the breast. Breast lift surgery is an option for women who although satisfied with the size of their breasts, are unhappy about sagging and loss of firmness. The procedure is called Mastopexy.

Breast reduction surgery is an option for women who are trying to ease the physical symptoms caused by the weight of excessively large breasts. This procedure is called reduction mammaplasty.

Before and After Breast Reduction by Dr David Gillett

Breast Reduction Procedure Animation

After the Surgery

You will awaken after the operation with dressings and a small drainage tube will be in each breast. These drainage tubes will usually be removed the next day and the dressing checked. You will usually go home 3 days after the operation.


You must not get the dressings wet until 24 hours after the drains are removed. You may then shower; pat the dressings dry/use a hairdryer on cool setting.

Pain Management

Quite often discomfort is felt with movement and your anaesthetist will provide you with instructions regarding pain medication and a prescription if necessary.


First Post Operative Appointment
We will see you in the rooms 4 – 7 days post op. Do not be concerned about slight ooze under the dressings, this is quite common. The dressings will be changed at your first post operative appointment in the rooms approximately 1 week after your surgery.


Second Post Operative Appointment
Your next post operative visit will then be scheduled for removal of remaining suture/staples. Nipple sensation is often different, numbness is common but sensation usually returns within six to twelve weeks.

When Can I resume Activities

We recommend you slowly recommence normal exercise after the surgery. We suggest however, no heavy lifting or strenuous exercising for 6 weeks after the surgery. Most people can resume driving approximately 1 week after surgery. You will need to take approximately 1-3 weeks off work, depending on how physical your daily activities at work are.

Report The Following Post Operative Concerns

  • Fever (with a temperature of more than 38 C) or chills.
  • Heavy oozing or bleeding from a wound.
  • Increased swelling around a wound site.
  • Increased pain.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Difficulty in passing urine.
  • Spreading redness around the wound.
  • A foul odour from a wound