Breast Reduction Sydney

Large breasts that are out of proportion with the body can cause both pain and embarrassment.

The breasts are an integral part of our appearance. The shape, size and condition of the breasts can dramatically affect our comfort, confidence and how we feel about our body. Unfortunately, many women experience discomfort or pain due to large, pendulous or disproportionate breasts. Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, serves to correct these issues by reshaping the breasts for a smaller, firmer form. By contouring the breasts to fit proportionally and in harmony with the body, this treatment can help restore your comfort, confidence and self-esteem.

Drawing on highly developed surgical techniques, Dr Liew performs breast reduction surgery to remove excess weight from the body for a lighter, well-defined figure. Combining expert artistry and an acute aesthetic eye, Dr Liew strives to free patients of bodily discomfort and emotional stress by transforming heavy or droopy breasts into a shapely and more flattering contour. Breast reduction helps to correct the uneasiness, embarrassment and physical strain caused by excess breast tissue, and ultimately helps to improve posture, enhance physical ability and complement your body.

What is a Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess tissue from the breast and reshape the area into a slimmer and more balanced form. As a highly customisable treatment, Dr Liew will create a procedural plan based on your needs, circumstances and aesthetic goals. The surgery involves removing excess fat and glandular tissue from the breast and manipulating the remaining tissue to create a more flattering and longer-lasting breast shape. This treatment also serves to reduce the size of the areola to match and complement the new form. The result is a smaller, more defined breast aesthetic that will enhance and refine your entire figure.

A Breast Reduction Aims To:

  • Remove breast tissue to reduce breast size and free the body of excess weight.
  • Improve physical comfort and ability.
  • Improved posture.
  • Treat neck, back and shoulder pain.
  • Complement the body with a well-proportioned breast contour.
  • Boost confidence and combat self-image issues.
  • Encourage patients to embrace a greater choice of clothing and a better-fitted bra.

The Consultation

Dr Liew understands the personal and intimate nature of this surgery. He strives to create a warm and welcoming environment where you can feel relaxed, comfortable and open to discussing your concerns and aesthetic goals. In a detailed consultation before your procedure, Dr Liew will take the time to understand your needs and expectations, as well as any concerns you may have about the procedure. He will examine your skin type, the quality and quantity of your existing tissue and will determine how to most effectively achieve your desired breast shape.

After a careful assessment of your body shape and aesthetic potential, Dr Liew will explain the measures and equipment he will employ to address your concerns and refine your upper body. He will also inform you of the recovery process and aftercare details so you can be fully aware of how to properly care for your body and commit to the healing period.

The Procedure

Breast reduction surgery will be slightly different for each patient, depending on their current breast condition and surgical needs. The procedure is usually completed under general anaesthesia, which is safe, effective and will allow you to feel no pain during the process.

Generally, Dr Liew will begin the surgery by making a circular incision around the perimeter of the areola, followed by a vertical incision from the nipple to inframammary fold (where the breast connects to the chest wall). Through these openings, Dr Liew will access the underlying tissue, remove and reposition fat as necessary before manipulating the skin to create a smoother contour.

During your surgery, Dr Liew will also address the areola and adjust it to complement the new breast shape. This may involve elevating the areolae and nipples to suit the position of the breasts. When this is complete, the incisions will be closed with fine sutures to minimise scarring. Breast reduction surgery generally takes from two to three hours, depending on the extent of treatment, fat removal and repositioning required. 

Breast Reduction Results

Results of a breast reduction are visible immediately after the surgery. However, it can take up to three months for swelling to subside. The final results are long-lasting and revision surgery is usually not required. While the operation will not prevent your body from adapting to the ageing process or significant weight fluctuations, it will allow you to enjoy a lighter bodily sensation and a more proportioned figure for years to come.

Breast reduction surgery will help to relieve pain in the upper back, neck and shoulders. After the recovery period is complete, your physical ability may increase, making exercise and regular daily activities less painful and more enjoyable. This treatment will also help to broaden your clothing options, allowing you to feel more comfortable and less self-conscious about your appearance. The procedure will free your body of excess weight and will help to combat self-image issues, boost your confidence and ultimately improve your quality of life.

Breast Reduction Recovery

Drawing on advanced surgical techniques, Dr Liew performs breast reduction surgery with a discrete, shorter vertical incision to minimise scarring. Breast reduction surgery usually requires a downtime period of five to ten days. However, this will vary depending on how your body is adapting to the new shape. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled after the procedure so Dr Liew can remove bandages and stitches and assess your recovery process.

As you are healing, it is important to limit physical activity so to minimise complications and risks, and to allow the body time to adapt and settle. Dr Liew will inform you of all aftercare requirements and will instruct you on how to care for any pain, tenderness or discomfort that may arise after your procedure. It is important to remember that these concerns are temporary, and once recovered, you will enjoy a lighter body and a more relaxed state of mind.

Who is a Suitable Candidate?

Breast reduction is a highly individualised procedure and should be considered based on your personal health concerns, lifestyle and aesthetic goals. In your consultation, Dr Liew will examine your general health and will take the time to understand your concerns and reasons for treatment before assessing your overall suitability. Generally, patients should be physically healthy and have maintained a stable and healthy weight range.

When considering breast reduction surgery, it is also recommended that you wait until full breast development is complete. Additionally, your ability to breastfeed may be affected after surgery, so it is best to wait until after pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding have finished. If you have any concerns about this, Dr Liew will be happy to respond to any questions during your consultation.

Breast reduction surgery is most suitable for those who have encountered various physical and emotional issues due to large or heavy breasts. These concerns may include skin irritation beneath the breast crease, limited physical activity and physical discomfort around the neck, back and shoulders. A breast reduction will also help to correct flattened or elongated breasts that have stretched the skin and caused the areolas to enlarge or the nipples to fall below the breast crease. This treatment is also helpful for women suffering from emotional distress or self-image issues due to large or heavy breasts. Breast reduction surgery can help to resolve tension in the upper body and reduce emotional stress, encouraging you to embrace a more flattering figure and greater self-esteem.

Pairing this Treatment with Liposuction

Liposuction is a cosmetic technique used to remove excess fat under the skin by suction. It is often combined with breast reduction surgery for a more comprehensive treatment of the breast area. In cases where breast size is mainly due to fatty tissue, liposuction may be used in conjunction with excision techniques to remove more substantial amounts of fat. In your consultation, Dr Liew will assess whether liposuction will be necessary for your procedure. This will usually depend on individual condition, breast composition and the amount of reduction required.

Book A Consultation

When considering cosmetic or plastic surgery in Sydney, it is essential to consult an expert and practised professional. Dr Liew is a visionary and perfectionist in the art of plastic surgery, combining elements of harmony, grace and shape to help patients embrace their best-looking and most confident self. Drawing on extraordinary skill and expert artistry, Dr Liew has performed breast reduction surgery to help countless women reclaim their figure and relieve both emotional and physical distress associated with large breasts.

Shape Clinic is an internationally recognised centre in Sydney for plastic and cosmetic surgery, offering first-class facilities and exceptional care for patients seeking to improve their appearance and restore confidence in their beauty. Breast reduction surgery can help you achieve both a more flattering shape and a more relaxed, carefree state of mind. If you are interested in experiencing the benefits of a breast reduction, email us at or call + 61 2 8356 2888 to book a consultation

*This information about breast reduction surgery was reviewed by Dr. Steven Liew. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form here.

Procedure time: 2 – 3 hours

Downtime required: 5 - 10 days

Results duration: Long lasting*

Pair this treatment with: Liposuction to the side of the breasts

*Individual results may vary

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