Breast Reduction

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Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction is often perceived as a simple operation, but considerable skill is required to achieve a natural breast shape.

Breast Reduction surgery requires a general anaesthetic, with the operation taking about 3 hours. It is usually performed as a short-stay procedure.

There are many different techniques described for Breast Reduction, with nearly all techniques leaving the nipple-areola complex attached to the breast tissue. The majority of surgeons in Australia use the Wise pattern / inverted-T (inferior pedicle) technique, which was described by Robbins, a Melbourne Plastic Surgeon.

This technique leaves a scar around the areola, vertically down from the areola and horizontally long the breast crease. The excess skin, fat and breast tissue are removed, and the nipple-areola complex is moved to a higher position based on an inferiorly-based pedicle.

Most Breast Reductions remove 600-800g of breast tissue on each side, but >1kg on each side is occasionally needed.

Dr. Sellars can also use a vertical pattern type of reduction, which minimises the scars under the breast. This technique however, has a higher need for revisional surgery and works best smaller reductions in the younger patient. Dr Sellars will discuss whether this type of procedure is suitable for you at your consultation.

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Information about Breast Reduction

A full breast history and examination is essential prior to Breast Reduction surgery.

A preoperative mammogram is obtained in older patients and patients with significant breast history.

Pre-operative consultation with the patient and partner (or parents) on at least two separate occasions is essential to ensure realistic expectations of the surgery. This involves showing photos of other patients who have undergone the surgery, giving reading material on the surgery.

It is important to discuss the factors affecting the surgery, including the patient’s age and skin elasticity, and the size and shape of the patient’s breasts. The size and position of the nipple and areola, and an estimate of final cup size is discussed, although an exact cup size cannot be guaranteed.

Before & After

Meet Dr Graham Sellars

Amongst the many things you may look for when choosing a Plastic Surgeon – reputation, experience, cost, compatibility – none can be more important than how well qualified the surgeon is to carry out the procedure you are considering. Always look for the title "Specialist Plastic Surgeon" to ensure your surgeon is fully qualified.

In addition to the establishment and operation of his own practice since 2002, Dr Sellars is one of the supervisors of Plastic Surgery training at the Sydney Adventist Hospital and has served on the hospital’s Medical Advisory Committee. He was Chairman of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons from 2011 to 2013 and participates in the training of future Plastic Surgeons in Australia.

After graduating from the University of NSW in 1992, Dr Sellars’ initial surgical training was at the Royal North Shore Hospital...

Why Dr Graham Sellars


You know you are in the safest hands with a Plastic Surgeon who is experienced, conservative and highly respected, with over 21 years in private practice. Dr Sellars is a fully qualified Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon FRACS (Plast)..



We have a very long list of clients and patients delighted with our service and care. Take a look at just a few before and after photos in the gallery to see other’s journey to a new look.



Of course safety is our top priority and our entire team has decades of training and experience. Be assured your plastic surgery journey with us will not be rushed or pressured.



02 9480 8577

The San Clinic, Suite 507
185 Fox Valley Road,
Wahroonga NSW 2076

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