breast reduction & breast lift (mastopexy)

A woman's breasts help define femininity, differences in size and shape affect well-being both physically and psychologically. It is typical for women with larger than normal breast to experience discomfort in their neck, back, shoulders or breasts due to the breast weight affecting posture. It is often difficult to find clothing and bras that fit. Sporting activities are often difficult and unwarranted social attention can be experienced. Consequently breast reduction surgery is a functional operation with cosmetic benefits. Health insurance policies may partially fund this surgery for the functional benefits gained.

Breast reduction surgery is a common procedure performed in New Zealand. The surgical outcomes are pleasing to the patients when surgery is performed by specialist plastic surgeons, with an interest in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery. Contemporary surgical breast reduction techniques maximise shape and the reduction while minimising scarring. Techniques using liposuction alone are rarely suitable for New Zealand women and are not offered by our surgeons. Liposuction alone deflates breast volume but leaves all the excess skin which commonly results in displeasing droopy breasts with poor shape. If you are considering breast reduction surgery we recommend you consult a specialist plastic and cosmetic surgeon.

Your surgeon will listen to your concerns and goals, assess your individual characteristics and tailor the surgical technique to your needs. General anaesthesia is required and contemporary drugs and techniques are used to minimize potential complications. Overnight stay in hospital is usual and discharge will occur only after an assessment by your surgeon. Post operatively pain is mild to moderate and medication for this will be prescribed. A supportive surgical bra may be supplied. Follow-up is with your surgeon and nurse who will manage your care until all facets of care are complete, these include comfort, wound healing and scar management. Most women are comfortable to return to light work at 7-10 days at which time they can also drive. Full independence and resumption of sporting activities may take 3-4 weeks depending on the individual.

A consultation with your surgeon will help you decide whether this surgery is ideal for you. At this consultation you will receive a medical assessment, discuss the surgical technique, expected outcome, recovery and potential complications. A price guide and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons information brochure can be requested prior to your consultation if desired. We do not show before & after photographs on the website as we prefer to discuss these photographs during a consultation.

To contact us at Face Breast & Body either submit the form on the "contact us" page or phone the team at (03) 3665623. We look forward to hearing from you.

Male Breast Reduction
Male breast reduction surgery removes excess skin, fat and glandular tissue from the chest. Excess skin and poor shape can result following significant weight loss. Excess glandular and fatty tissue is also known as Gynaecomastia, this may require surgical resection to place the chest in proportion with the rest of the body. Gynaecomastia occurs commonly from the teenage years through to middle age and can cause embarrassment to men who have developed a feminine breast shape. Male breast reduction is performed using liposuction and surgery through small incisions to gain a male profile with inconspicuous scarring. General anaesthesia and overnight admission to hospital is necessary. Recovery will allow return to light activities and work in 1-2 weeks.