Reduction Mammoplasty (Breast Reduction) Sydney

About the treatment

Many women experience discomfort or pain due to large, pendulous or disproportionate breasts. Also known as reduction mammoplasty, breast reduction removes excess breast tissue from the breast.

What is Reduction Mammoplasty (Breast Reduction) Surgery?

Reduction Mammoplasty (Breast Reduction) surgery, is a surgical procedure that removes excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to achieve a smaller, lighter, and more proportionate breast size.

Women who experience physical discomfort due to overly large breasts may consider reduction mammoplasty. Common reasons include:

Neck, back, and shoulder pain: The weight of large breasts can strain muscles and lead to chronic pain.
Posture problems: The weight of large breasts can affect posture, leading to hunched shoulders and neck strain.


Whilst reduction mammoplasty (breast reduction) results are visible immediately after the surgery, it can take up to three months for swelling to subside. The operation will not prevent your body from adapting to the ageing process or significant weight fluctuations.

  • Remove breast tissue to reduce breast size
  • Improve physical mobility and make regular daily activities easier
  • Improved posture and treat neck, back and shoulder pain.

What to expect from Reduction Mammoplasty (Breast Reduction Surgery)


In a detailed consultation, Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Ania Smialkowski will take the time to understand your needs and expectations, as well as any concerns you may have about the procedure. After examining your skin type, quality, and quantity of existing tissue, Dr Smialkowski determines how to effectively achieve your breast shape.

The Procedure Overview:

  • Procedure time: 2 – 3 hours
  • Downtime required: 5 – 10 days


Reduction Mammoplasty (breast reduction) recovery is a process that takes time and patience. Here’s a general overview of what to expect in the first 2 weeks:

  • You will likely feel tired and sore, and your breasts may be swollen and bruised.
  • You will need to wear a surgical bra for support and to help reduce swelling.
  • You will need to avoid strenuous activity, lifting heavy objects, and swimming.

Disclaimer: This surgical procedure is performed by Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Ania Smialkowski (FRACS). No before and after image is guaranteed to be the same. Individual results and recovery times may vary. All procedures carry inherent risk. Please contact Shape Clinic on 02 8356 2888 to discuss this with your practitioner before proceeding with treatment. Written and verbal consent for the use of images on our page has been given by all patients photographed. ⁠

Pairing this treatment with Liposuction

Liposuction is a cosmetic technique used to remove excess fat under the skin by suction. It’s often combined with reduction mammoplasty (breast reduction surgery). In cases where breast size is mainly due to fatty tissue, liposuction may be used with excision techniques to remove more substantial amounts of fat. In your consultation, Dr Smialkowski will assess whether liposuction will be necessary for your procedure. This depends on individual condition, breast composition and the amount of reduction required.

Like to know more about your treatment options?

Email us at or contact us on (02) 8356 2888 to book your consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I still breastfeed after surgery?

It depends on the technique used and individual anatomy. Discuss this concern with your surgeon beforehand if breastfeeding is important to you.

Is Reduction Mammoplasty (Breast Reduction) covered by private health insurance?

Coverage varies depending on your specific plan and medical necessity criteria. Consult your insurance provider for details.

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