Breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty)
What is it?
Breast reduction is making breasts smaller by removing breast
tissue and then reshaping the breasts into smaller, more
Is Mr Callan experienced at this procedure?
Mr Callan has over 20 years of experience at this procedure.
He performs breast reduction regularly and keeps up to date
with the latest techniques. As a fully trained plastic surgeon,
Mr Callan performs this procedure to the highest standard
Can I see photographs?
You can see photographs of people who have had this
procedure when you have your consultation. As Mr Callan
performs this procedure frequently, we have a large number of
photographs of those who have your particular breast type and
the size you want to be.
Who has breast reduction?
Women aged 18 and over who want smaller breasts.
Occasionally younger females will be considered if they have
significant problems or breast asymmetry. For some women
large breasts pose problems such as neck and shoulder pain,
finding clothes and bras to fit and the constant feeling o f
appearing conspicuous. Reducing the size of the breasts and
repositioning them to their correct position surgically can help
a woman feel more balanced, as well as reducing her physical
Am I suitable?
You need to be sensible and honest about your reasons for
wanting a breast reduction and happy with your informed
decision. You should also be as healthy as possible. A time of
personal crisis is no time to be making decisions about such
surgery. If you have a family history of breast cancer or your
breasts have sagged significantly after weight loss or breastfeeding,
this will need to be discussed.
What would stop me from having the surgery?
You must not be smoking, outside the BMI range of 18-28 ,
under stress when making your decision, or have a medical
condition that would make surgery unsafe.
How is it done?
Mr Callan performs all his surgery at St John of God Hospital
in Geelong, a fully accredited hospital. An incision is made
around the areola (coloured part around the nipple) and
another vertical incision below that. The excess breast tissue
is removed and the breast is remodelled into an aesthetically
pleasing shape, which depends a bit on your original breast size
Will I have scars?
The only incision lines are around the areola (coloured part
around the nipple) and one vertical incision line below that.
Very rarely there will be a horizontal one in the fold under the
breast but this is not usually visible when standing or sitting up.
These incision lines are always there but as time goes on they
improve to the extent that they are not a great concern for most
women. As a rule, the incision lines are inconspicuous unless
specifically searched for or viewed at certain angles.
What are the benefits?
What you get out of surgery is entirely a personal matter. If the
size of your breasts currently distresses you, smaller breasts
may be the answer. Back, neck and shoulder pain may be
relieved by breast reduction surgery, and the pressure of the
bra straps grooving the shoulders should be alleviated. However
the benefits depend on whether or not you have been properly
assessed. You may need to consider other options prior to
surgery. For instance, it may be that you just want firmer, lifted
breasts or more even breasts.
What are the risks?
All surgery carries some element of risk. You can minimise your
risk by being as healthy as possible and as psychologically
prepared as possible, by selecting an experienced and qualified
surgeon, and by giving yourself a stress free time during which
to recover. The particular risks and complications of this surgery
will be discussed at your first consultation. The most common
of these is that it takes a couple of months for the breasts
to assume their final shape. A few women may lose some
sensation in the breasts or nipples but most do not. Breastfeeding
is possible after breast reduction but some women find
it difficult as they may have insufficient milk. There are othe r
risks common to all surgery and you will be made aware of
How long will I be in hospital?
Breast reduction can be a day procedure but may involve an
overnight stay, depending how you are after the anaesthetic.
Someone will need to take you home from hospital and
should stay with you the first night. Breast reduction is not a
particularly painful procedure but can be a little uncomfortable
for a couple of days. You will be given medication to keep you
How long will I need to recover?
This varies but usually ranges from a few days to a few weeks
depending on what you do. If your activities are sedentary then
you may only need a few days, but if you do heavy work and
lifting you may need up to three weeks. It’s a good idea to take
some time out from more strenuous activities so you don’t
prolong your recovery. The same guidelines apply to exercise,
with mild to moderate exercise allowable early on and full
aerobic activities after three weeks. You can shower within
hours of surgery as dressings are minimal. You must not drive
until you are fully recovered from both the anaesthetic and the
discomfort of surgery. If in doubt, don’t.
Will I wear a bra after surgery?
You will be given instructions on the purchase of a soft bra
prior to surgery. This bra is important in the early postoperative
period to keep discomfort to a minimum. After a couple of
weeks you can wear any bra you want. It is worth mentioning
that despite a reduction - which on average removes 1/3
of existing breast - a woman’s bra size may not necessarily
change post op. Naturally there will be a visible size and weight
difference, however bra size is based on breast base and chest
diameter. The overall volume in the cup will be reduced with
less projection and less weight.
Will I need to be seen after surgery?
Yes. We will keep in close contact with you by telephone for
the first few days and then will see you about 3-4 days after
surgery, then at three weeks and at three months and a year.
You are of course welcome to call or visit any time with any