Breast Reduction and Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Breast Reduction and Breast Lift Adelaide

Reduce, reshape, and lift your breasts with a breast reduction and breast lift (mastopexy) in Adelaide.

There are many reasons a patient may consider a breast reduction and lift. Some women may consider a breast reduction to improve their figure, remove back pain, to prevent the problems associated with large breasts or for breast cancer related reasons.

What is Breast Reduction and Lift (mastopexy)?

A breast reduction is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of large breasts. A combination of these procedures may be recommended for some patients.

Breast reduction and breast lifting (mastopexy) represent very similar procedures. All breast reductions will have a lift component which is inherent to the procedure, but if you are having a breast lift, you do not necessarily need to have a reduction.

Breast reductions will lift the nipple, while breast lifting (mastopexy) does the same thing without an excision of tissue to reduce volume. The main difference between the two however, is after a breast lift, the size of the breasts won’t change. Whereas a breast reduction significantly reduces the size and weight of the breast.

Why Get a Breast Reduction or Lift?

Breast reduction patients are among the most thankful patients in plastic surgery, as the surgery removes or minimises their pain. Patients seeking a breast reduction suffer from chronic issues related to the sheer weight of their breasts. Chronic headaches, chronic neck pain, shoulder pain as well as discomfort from deep grooving bra-straps. Women may also have chronic problems with moist and irritated skin under their breasts.

Large, heavy breasts can pose significant challenges for women, impacting both their personal lives and work. Everyday tasks like finding the right bra or choosing clothing can become daunting, causing discomfort and discouragement among those with a heavier bust who struggle to enjoy various daily activities without pain and inconvenience.



Prior to your procedure you will meet with Dr Lam to discuss the surgery in detail and any questions you may have. During a breast reduction surgery, excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin will be removed to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body. While the skin near the areola is cut away and sewn back together to lift and tighten the breasts.

Both a breast reduction and lift are typically performed under general anaesthesia in a major hospital. The surgery takes between 2-3 hours, and you will be required to stay in hospital for 2-5 nights, with drains post-operatively.

Overall, the recovery will take about 4 weeks. During this period, you will not be able to drive for 2-3 weeks and you require support during your first week at home. It is important to remember throughout your recovery, if something is causing you discomfort, then it is your body’s way of telling you to slow down and take a rest.

A well fitted supportive bra (without underwire) is the most common recommendation after a breast reduction surgery. It is recommended this bra is worn for at least the first several weeks, to increase comfort.

Ask a Question or Book a Consultation

At your first consultation Dr Lam will clarify what your goals are and ask you about your general health. The discussion about surgery will be tailored to your body, chest and breast size, shape, and symmetry.

There are numerous ways to perform a breast lift or reduction. These techniques each have their merits and limitations. Often a combination of techniques can be used to tailor the surgery to your breasts.

There are Medicare item numbers that can help to cover the costs of surgery in some cases. As of November 1st 2019, the Medicare item numbers have changed, please contact us to find out about these changes. It is important that you consult your private health fund to clarify whether you will qualify for a rebate.

Dr Quoc Lam has a particular interest in aesthetic breast surgery and is in a strong position to advise you about a breast lift or reduction procedure. Please click the link if you would like to book a consultation or discuss your treatment options.

Frequently Asked Questions

The main difference between a breast reduction and a breast lift lies in their primary goals and techniques. A breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, is aimed at reducing the size and volume of the breasts by removing excess breast tissue, fat, and skin while also reshaping and lifting the breasts. This procedure is beneficial for individuals who experience physical discomfort or pain due to the weight of their breasts. On the other hand, a breast lift, or mastopexy, is focused on lifting and reshaping the breasts without significantly reducing their size. This procedure is ideal for individuals who are satisfied with the size of their breasts but seek a more lifted appearance.

If your breasts are making you physically uncomfortable—for example, if you have persistent shoulder, neck, or back pain—you might be a good candidate for a breast reduction or lift. Candidates should also have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure and be in good overall health. It’s important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine if these procedures are suitable for you, as they can assess your individual concerns and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan.

Yes, scarring is a common outcome of both breast reduction and breast lift surgeries. The extent and visibility of the scars can vary depending on several factors, including the surgical technique used, individual healing characteristics, and how well you follow post-operative care instructions. Your surgeon will discuss the placement of incisions and the expected scarring during your consultation, and they can provide you with tips on how to minimise the appearance of scars as they heal.