Breast Reduction Surgery

Reduction Mammoplasty
Breast Reduction Surgery

Procedure overview

Breast reduction surgery recovery and aftercare.

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to achieve a more proportionate and comfortable breast size. It is a popular procedure for women with breasts that are too large in proportion to their body, causing physical discomforts such as neck, shoulder, and back pain, skin irritation, and difficulty finding well-fitting clothing.

At FNQ Plastic Surgery, our experienced plastic surgeons use the latest surgical techniques to achieve natural-looking results with minimal scarring. During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss your medical history, lifestyle, and desired breast size and shape. They will tailor a personalised surgical plan that addresses your specific concerns and goals, which may include combining breast reduction with a breast lift to achieve optimal results.

Table of Contents

Procedure FAQs

We understand that having surgery can be a big decision, so we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for each surgical procedure to provide you with more information and help you make an informed decision.

  • How can breast reduction surgery improve your appearance?

    Breast reduction surgery reduces the volume of the breasts. Please note that we offer various types of breast surgery, including breast lifts, if you’re more concerned with position than size. Women often choose this procedure to feel more comfortable and confident as well as to look better in clothes.

  • Who is suitable for this type of breast surgery?

    Women who wish to reduce the size of their breasts are most suitable for this type of breast surgery. It is unsuitable for women who wish to enhance their breasts (breast enlargement surgery) or lift them (mastopexy), although we can combine the latter with reduction surgery.

  • What happens during breast reduction surgery?

    During breast reduction surgery, excess tissue is removed in order to make the breasts smaller. The technique your surgeon chooses will depend on your personal goals and how much your breast size is due to decrease.

    In most cases, both breasts are made smaller, although in the case of asymmetry, one breast can be reduced in order to create a more equal aesthetic. This type of breast surgery takes 2-3 hours, on average, but this will vary depending on the patient.

  • What breast reduction surgery recovery like?

    After your surgery to reduce the size of the breasts, you will notice some swelling and tenderness, which is normal, and painkillers can be prescribed to manage any pain. You might be kept overnight to ensure you’re recovering well.

    Full aftercare information is provided after breast reduction surgery to aid recovery, including how to care for your scars and guidance on when to return to exercising or work. Usually, patients take around 4-6 weeks to recover, but this varies from patient to patient.

    Exercise should be avoided initially, and you should wear the compression garments provided. A follow-up appointment allows your surgeon to make sure you’re healing well.

  • Can I breast feed after breast reduction?

    This is an important topic to discuss with your surgeon. In most cases, it should be assumed that breast reduction surgery will negatively affect the future ability to breastfeed and the ability might be lost due to the surgery. If this is of concern, consideration should be given to deferring the surgery until your family is complete.

  • Do you remove my nipple during a breast reduction?

    Not normally. The nipple usually remains attached to the breast tissue in a breast reduction. In some cases, the nipple might need to be removed and can then be reattached as a free nipple graft.

  • Do you use surgical drains in a breast reduction?

    This varies from surgeon to surgeon. This can be discussed at the consultation. If drains are removed, they are usually removed the next day before you go home.

  • Must I sleep on my back after breast reduction surgery?

    It would certainly be helpful at first. Your surgeon will give you specific advice, but sleeping on your back for at least the first week or two is best.

  • How long do I wear a bra after breast reduction surgery?

    Your surgeon will advise you about this, but the provided post-operative bra is usually best for the first 4-6 weeks. After this time, it may become a little loose as it stretches, and the post-op swelling reduces. At this time, it might be appropriate to switch to a replacement bra, but your surgeon will discuss this with you.

  • How long do the results of breast reduction surgery last?

    The results are long-term, although, if you gain a significant amount of weight or become pregnant, this may change your breast size. Similarly, the ageing process doesn’t stop, and your breasts may change as you get older.

  • Who should you trust to perform breast reduction surgery?

    It’s advised you pick a surgical expert for any plastic surgery breast reduction. Regarding this sort of procedure, it’s best to speak to an expert.

    If you decide to proceed with a breast reduction procedure, a skilled surgeon will talk you through the procedure and discuss your options based on your circumstances.

  • Will Medicare cover my Reduction surgery?

    If you meet the strict criteria for Medicare item number 45523, then you are likely to be covered by Medicare and potentially eligible for health fund subsidy too.

    Item Number 45523 – Reduction mammaplasty (bilateral) with surgical repositioning of the nipple: (a) for patients with macromastia and experiencing pain in the neck or shoulder region and (b) not with insertion of any prosthesis

  • Will my private health insurance cover breast reduction surgery?

    If you have qualified for a Medicare item number and have the right level of health insurance coverage then you are likely to be covered – please call your fund and check. For more information, please contact us today.

Anything we've missed?

If you have any further questions or concerns that we haven’t addressed in our FAQ section, please don’t hesitate to contact us – our team is always here to provide the information and support you need throughout your journey.


The information provided on this website is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.

Surgical procedures carry inherent risks, and the specific risks and potential complications may vary depending on the procedure. It is important to consult with a qualified and experienced surgeon to discuss the risks, benefits, and potential outcomes of any surgical procedure. Individual results may vary.

For more detailed and specific information regarding the risks associated with a particular procedure, please contact our clinic directly to schedule a consultation with our skilled team of healthcare professionals.

Before & afters

See the results of our work

Surgical Costs

Navigating Surgical Costs: Consultations, Insurance, and Financial Options

At FNQ Plastic Surgery, we work with you to navigate the cost of your desired procedure, taking into account the various factors that influence pricing, and offering flexible payment options to accommodate your needs.

Medical Consultations for Non-Cosmetic Procedures (skin cancers, hand surgery etc.)

  • Initial consultation: $280
  • Follow-ups: $85

Cosmetic Consultations (in person or virtual)

  • Initial consultation: $350
  • Follow-ups: $100

Children Consultations under 18 years

  • Initial consultation: $250
  • Follow-ups: $85


All prices include GST. You will be required to make a deposit of $100 to secure your booking. Your appointment will be confirmed and secured once paid. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express via electronic banking details over the phone.

Skin cancer

Payment for skin cancer/ skin lesion surgery is due (7) days prior to your surgery booking date.

Cosmetic surgery

To secure an appointment for cosmetic surgery, you are required to make a deposit as outlined below. The final payment is due to FNQ Plastic Surgery 2 weeks prior to your scheduled date. Please reference your surname and contact us once payment is complete.

Surgeon feeDeposit required

Up to $10,000$1,000
$10,000 – $20,000$2,000
$20,000 +$3,000

Payment options

  • Direct Deposit
  • Bank cheque made payable to FNQ Plastic Surgery (we do not accept personal cheques)
  • Major credit cards accepted – including AMEX
  • Cash

Refund policy

If you cancel or reschedule your procedure less than (7) days prior to your surgery date, you will be responsible to pay thirty percent (30%) of the total costs of the procedure (non-refundable and cannot be applied to a future procedure).

Average prices paid for cosmetic and plastic surgery are different across Australia. Prices and Hospital Costs vary for plastic surgery as every patient has slightly different anatomy and varying surgical needs. Your Price for surgery depends mostly on which surgeon, which hospital, the type of prosthesis and how long the surgery will take. It will also vary based on eligibility for Medicare and whether you are insured or uninsured.

A fully personalised quote for your plastic surgery procedure is available when you come for a confidential consultation.

Your quote as part of a fully informed financial consent will outline your specific:

  • Surgeon Fee
  • Hospital Costs based on theatre time and length of hospital stay
  • Anaesthetists Fee
  • Assistants Fee (if applicable)
  • Prosthesis, Implant fee and post-operative garment fee (if applicable)
  • Any Medicare codes that may be applicable to your surgery

Many patients want to know if Medicare will cover plastic surgery. Medicare will cover what is deemed essential reconstructive surgery and procedures that have associated Medicare item numbers listed in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Dr Sorensen and his team can help you understand if Medicare may cover your procedure. However, if you wish to look up a particular type of surgery and its item numbers, refer to the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

Medicare will not cover cosmetic surgery procedures – like a cosmetic breast augmentation.

If you meet the strict criteria, you may be eligible for a Medicare item number Breast Surgery, Tummy Surgery, and post weight loss Excess Skin removal, amongst many other procedures.

You can undertake your surgery as a self-funded (uninsured) patient, or you may be covered by your Private Health Fund. There are many private health funds, some more generous than others.

Your Private Health Fund may partly contribute to the cost of your surgery. If you have a valid medical referral and meet the specific criteria for a Medicare Item Number.

You must also have the right LEVEL of insurance cover – Gold, Silver or Bronze – for the type of surgery you want. You may have to delay surgery after initially joining a health fund – typically, a 12-month waiting period needs to be served before you can have surgery.
If you have private health insurance, it is your responsibility to check your level of cover for this procedure. If you are not covered for the procedure, you will be responsible for hospital fees. Below are listed questions you should ask your health fund:

  • Am I covered for the Cairns Private Hospital or Cairns Day Surgery?
  • Am I covered for the item number(s) listed on my quote?
  • Will I be covered if this surgery is combined with a cosmetic procedure that does not have an item number?
  • Do I have an excess to pay when I go to hospital? if so, how much is it?

Nearly all plastic surgeons now charge a GAP fee on top of what Medicare and Private Health Funds are willing to contribute for your surgery. Medicare rebates have been fixed and have not increased for years. This has resulted in few, if any, NO GAP Plastic surgeons willing to charge the standard Medicare fee and health fund rebate.

You may be able to get early access to your Superannuation Fund to pay for your life-changing surgery.

This will most likely apply to Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Breast Reduction, Body Contouring, Arm lift, Nose Surgery or Skin Reduction after significant weight loss or Bariatric Surgery.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) will assess your Early Super Fund Access application for medical procedures that treat life-threatening illnesses or chronic pain. The final decision, however, will be made by your own Super Fund, as some funds will not allow withdrawal. Find out more by visiting the ATO website or contacting Supercare.

Financing for cosmetic & plastic surgery

Flexible Financing Solutions for Your Procedure

At FNQ Plastic Surgery, we’re dedicated to making your desired procedure more accessible. That’s why we’re proud to partner with leading Australian financial service Total Lifestyle Credit (TLC) to offer flexible financing solutions tailored to your needs.

TLC Logo

TLC provides personal loans designed for financing medical and lifestyle expenses. With competitive interest rates, flexible repayment terms, and a simple application process, TLC can help you easily finance your procedure. Visit TLC’s website for more information.

DISCLAIMER – Our Practice is NOT a credit provider. We do NOT receive any rebates or commissions from ANY banks or credit suppliers. All finance and credit providers are independent external companies. We provide NO financial advice. You will need to consider your own financial circumstances when deciding if finance is suitable for you.

At the heart of our practice is a deep commitment to patient care, ensuring each individual receives the utmost attention, safety, and satisfaction.

We strive to provide the best care possible for our patients. That’s why we offer a comprehensive range of resources on our Patient Care page, including information on patient registration, consultation and treatment, disclaimer information, and other vital resources. Please click the button below to access our Patient Care page and learn how we can assist you throughout your journey.

Enquire now

Please upload relevant photos of what you are trying to achieve or your current situation. This may help you get an earlier consult appointment or surgery.

Please only include pictures of your face if relevant to your enquiry.