A Breast Reduction is performed under General Anaesthetic in hospital. The hospital stay is generally a one night. However, smaller reductions may be performed as day surgery and very large reductions may require 2 nights in hospital.
We recommend two weeks off work (more if your role is very physical). You will wear a garment (like a soft bra) for 6 weeks and have bruising and swelling for two weeks.
There is a Medicare item number for a Breast Reduction (45523). Read more in the FAQ section below.
To explore what a breast reduction may look like on your own body, you can book a $50 Vectra 3D surgery simulation with our Practice Manager Jessica. This simulation is not perfect for all reductions, but is a good chance to talk about rebates, choice of hospital, and review of previous patient case studies.
$11,400 for a privately insured patient seeking a standard reduction or from $12,400 when combined with liposuction which takes additional theatre time (generally for larger body types). This is the total out of pocket cost, including surgeon’s fee, hospital, garment, anaesthetist and after care.
Patients must be able to demonstrate clinical need, including neck, shoulder and back pain and/or chronic skin irritation. It is worth discussing these symptoms with your GP to ensure that the clinical need is documented in your referral for surgery.
For patients without insurance, total out of pocket fees start at $17,000. These fees include the surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist’s fee, hospital stay and garment.
More FAQs about reduction costs are on our blog here.
Yes, with the Medicare Item Number: 45523.
Are you with NIB?
For patients insured with NIB, please note they are advising a number of their patients that they will not guarantee cover until after the operation to ensure it was truly non-cosmetic. NIB patients should simply ensure they confirm that their level of cover includes the item number 45523, as Dr Moncrieff only quotes this number when he believes a patient has the clinical need required for that Medicare number and therefore meet the standards required if you have cover for breast reductions. You may also consider changing funds and this article may assist.
Yes we do. We understand that surgery is a serious investment. To help you understand your payment options you may like to read our dedicated article here.
Breast reduction surgery has come a long way over recent times. Hunter Plastic Surgery specialises in short-scar vertical breast reductions which allow for a volume reduction, reshaping of the breast, nipple/areola reduction and breast lift all in the one operation. This is achieved with only a short vertical scar which is significantly smaller than the conventional anchor or T-Incision technique. The T-Incision technique is reserved only for those with extraordinarily large breasts and great excess of skin.
For more information on breast reduction, please see our narrated 3D Animation above.
As a surgeon and a father of three, I recognise that being able to make the choice to breastfeed is very important for women and their families! That’s because when I perform this surgery, I invest the time to protect the milk ducts, nerves and breast tissue as much as possible.
As a result, many women I operate on go on to successfully breastfeed after a breast reduction or lift surgery.
And while many women think the nipple is removed in a breast reduction, the technique I use does not involve removal. Instead, I reshape the areola and position it with the nerves and milk ducts intact to the new position on the chest wall.
Some patients of mine who have had breast reductions between babies have actually reported that they weren’t able to feed the first time around due to the excessive size of their breasts, but were able to breast feed the second baby after their reduction.
But of course, there are no guarantees! Just as with women who have not had surgery, some women are not able to breast feed at all and others will need the assistance of a lactation consultant to help manage early feeding issues.
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