Breast Reduction Surgery | Melbourne Specialist Surgeon Mr Geoff Barnett
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Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction Surgery in Melbourne

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What is a Breast Reduction?

Breast Reduction Surgery or a ‘Boob Reduction’ is performed in Melbourne by Dr Geoffrey Barnett, Specialist Plastic Surgeon. Heavy, large breasts that weigh you down, cause neck or shoulder pain and impact your posture, can be a disabling condition for many women.  Both physical discomfort, and social anxiety that has become internalised, can affect the quality of life of a woman with proportionately large, heavy or sagging breasts.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

If you suffer from any of these symptoms you may be a good candidate for a Breast Reduction Surgery :

  • breast pain
  • shoulder and neck pain
  • back pain
  • recurring skin infections below the breasts in the skin creases
  • harassment and embarrassment in social situations
  • fashion and clothing limitations
  • fear or reluctance to wear swimsuits in summer

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What are the Benefits of a Breast Reduction Procedure?

Many women who have large, heavy “overly-abundant” breast tissue are not happy or comfortable with having very large breasts or nipples.

Dr Barnett has helped countless women have healthier, easier to carry and posture-friendly breast proportions through breast reduction surgery procedures (including liposuction for additional reshaping).

Even your nipple size or shape can be adjusted during surgery, which can leave a more aesthetically pleasing, more centred and more typical nipple-size-to-breast-size ratio and body harmonisation. Physique Balancing is also possible through breast reduction surgery.

Complaints about “too big breasts” are significantly improved through breast reduction procedures.

At the time of your operation, your breast ‘contents’ along with the skin envelope holding your breast tissues are reshaped and tightened and uplifted, giving you a new, smaller and balanced breast shape that can also provide a more aesthetic appearance.

Many women report that they love being able to exercise more freely, wear more clothing options more confidently, and feel less self-conscious wearing swimsuits after having their breast reduction procedures.

Photo Gallery: Before and After Breast Reduction by Dr Geoff Barnett, Specialist Plastic Surgeon (Melbourne)

More images are available in our Clinic when you come in for a consultation.

Patient 1 –  Reduction Mammoplasty – Before & After Photos


Pre Surgery Photo: Reduction Mammoplasty


Post Surgery:  Reduction Mammoplasty (AFTER photo)

Patient 2 – Breast Reduction Mammoplasty

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Pre Surgery:  Reduction Mammoplasty (BEFORE Photos)

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Post Surgery: Reduction Mammoplasty (AFTER Photos)

Patient 3 – Breast Reduction Mammoplasty

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Pre Surgery: Reduction Mammoplasty (BEFORE Photos)

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Post Surgery: Reduction Mammoplasty (BEFORE Photos)

Breast Reduction Surgery Procedure

Many women choose to have a Breast Reduction surgery using the Le Jour Incision Method (lollipop) or Anchor Method

Breast reduction techniques can vary from patient to patient, and if you have a preference, these can be discussed with Mr Geoff Barnett, a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with extensive breast surgery experience, prior to your surgery.

Recovery after Breast Reduction Surgery

The length of your recovery period will depend on your procedure and other health and lifestyle factors. Recovery times can vary from person to person.

The general rule, however, is that you should allow 10-14 days for initial recovery following your Breast Reduction Surgery. Scar maturation often takes longer, up to a year or more. You will be required to wear a firmly-fitted support garment after surgery for the period of time a surgeon advises.

Naturally there will be a little bruising and swelling for few days after surgery. Often to our patients’ surprise, discomfort after a Breast Reduction Surgery is uncommon but we still prescribe painkillers to optimise your comfort. Dissolving stitches are used under the skin-these don’t leave markings and do not have to be removed.

Risks and Complications of Breast Reduction Surgery

Like all surgical procedures, Breast Reduction Surgery has risks and complications. Your Surgeon will make you aware of potential complications during your consultation and how these can be avoided, including:

  • Skin or wound infection
  • Changes to nipple sensation including loss of feeling/sensation changes to the breasts
  • Potential disruption of nipple functions that may impede breastfeeding
  • Breast asymmetry or uneven nipples
  • Scars or skin markings, dimples or inverted nipples
  • Other risks of surgery in general such as having anaesthesia, circulatory risks and bleeding
  • Unfavourable scarring
  • Blood clots
  • Poor wound healing
  • Breast contour and shape irregularities

How much is a Breast Reduction in Melbourne?- Prices and cost

All Surgery is customised and your surgeon will give you a price for surgery depending on the type of procedure you are having, the hospital you attend and the length of your stay.

After your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed quote. This will include the Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the hospital fees.

We can also provide information on Breast Reduction Payment Plan, Finance, Private Health Insurance and different methods of payment.

Consultation with Dr Geoffrey Barnett


Dr Geoffrey Barnett is highly sought by patients throughout Victoria for his surgical skills in face and neck surgery, breast augmentation using implants, and body contouring techniques including excess skin reduction procedures for post-weight loss patients or patients who lost weight via Bariatric surgery.

He also works closely with Dermal Clinicians and Cosmetic Injecting Clinicians for anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers, as well as skin rejuvenation using lasers and peels for a full-body, face and skin rejuvenation option.

If you’re wanting an experienced Surgeon who is caring, empathetic and easy to talk to – then look no further than Dr Barnett, one of Melbourne’s most established Specialists for plastic and cosmetic surgery of the breast, face, nose or body.

If you are considering breast enlargement surgery using breast implants, a breast lift, breast reduction, reconstruction or armpit-incision breast augmentation procedure, you’ve come to the right place – the main website of a very experienced, caring, patient-focused Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Breast Surgery Specialist with full qualifications such as FRACS, ISAPS, ASPS and others.  Dr Geoff Barnett is based in Hawthorn, Melbourne (convenient to many Inner Eastern and Bayside suburbs, including Toorak, Kew, Camberwell, Bentleigh, Brighton and surrounds).  Dr Barnett attracts plastic surgery and breast surgery patients from all over Victoria. He is highly experienced and well-respected for his honesty and patient care ethics including stellar post-op healing patient care and scar minimisation techniques.

Dr Geoff Barnett is also known for his skilled plastic surgery approach for Trans-axillary Breast Implant surgery (Asian Breast Enlargement Surgery), which is an armpit incision option for patients who have potential keloid scarring concerns (due to having more melanin in their skin).

IF you prefer to ask about these procedures instead of browse our Cosmetic Plastic Surgery pages for the top-requested Breast Surgeries, you can also phone a Patient Care Coordinator on (03) 8849 1467 during clinic hours. OR click the button at the lower end of this page to send an enquiry via email.

We look forward to assisting you with restoring, reconstructing, reducing, enlarging or firming and uplifting your breasts so that you can feel more body confident in social situations, intimate relationships, even when you’re clothes shopping or searching for a great swimsuit or new bras.

What to do next?

Our Patient coordinators can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 8am-6pm, Monday – Friday.

Phone (03) 8849 1444Email us or Book a FREE 15-minute Phone Chat with our Patient Liaison Coordinator.

Medical Disclaimer
This web site is not intended as a substitute for your own independent health professional’s advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider within your country or place of residency with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Additionally, this information is of a general nature and surgery results vary from patient to patient.
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