Breast Reduction auckland

“Every detail creates the full picture of a woman.” Giordani Gold

Large breasts may cause a woman to feel self-conscious or make buying clothes difficult, but also their weight can present a physical burden causing neck and back pain together with shoulder soreness because of tight bra straps. Breast reduction surgery aims to make the breasts smaller, more shapely and better supported. Patients post breast reduction are often the most satisfied patient group of all due to the frequent major improvements in both the aesthetic and the physical aspects.

Breast Reduction SURGERY – FACTS

Length of surgery2-3  hours
AnaesthesiaGeneral anaesthetic
Hospital stay1 night
Risks/complications of surgery

Frequent: Bruising, swelling, temporary numbness, change in nipple sensation

Infrequent: Infection, bleeding (haematoma), delayed wound healing, nipple necrosis, asymmetry, poor scarring


5-10 days until socialising with close friends and family
2-3 weeks until return to work and normal social engagements
4-6 weeks until swelling and bruising disappears
6 weeks sports bra day and night. Wired bra after 2 months
4 weeks travel abroad
6-8 weeks until return to gym and other strenuous activities
3-6 months until final result

Driving2 weeks
Sleeping positionSleep on your back
Follow up1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months
Duration of resultsLong-lasting unless pregnancy and weight gain/loss


Breast Reduction

Any plastic surgery procedure is a very personal choice and understandably there are a number of questions that arise. This information sheet is a general guide for patients considering breast reduction under the care of Dr Mackenzie. It should provide the answers to some questions that you may have.

Breast reduction introduction

Having large, heavy breasts makes many women uncomfortable both physically and psychologically. The excess weight of large breasts may cause back and neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities, numbness in stretched tissues, difficulty finding clothing, unbalance with activities. Many teenaged girls and women are also extremely self conscious about the size of their breasts. The majority of patients that have a breast reduction report a significant improvement in their quality of life. Patients report feeling as if they have more energy, are less tired and have an immediate improvement in their posture.

The breast reduction procedure removes fat, glandular tissue and skin to create smaller, better shaped lifted breasts. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. The extent of the scars depends on the size and shape of your breasts. Scars are usually placed around the nipple-areola and extend downwards to meet a scar in the inframammary crease.

Breast reduction is one of the most successful and immediately satisfying of aesthetic procedures because it allows patients to enjoy a more active life and greater self-esteem.

What is the goal of breast reduction?

Breast reduction is designed to make the breasts more shapely, better supported and smaller. Other common goals of breast reduction include:

  • Improvement of symptoms such as neck and shoulder pain, shoulder grooves
  • Maintenance of the ability to lactate
  • Overall silhouette will be more balanced and attractive
  • Stretched areolas and/or large nipples can be reduced during the same procedure
  • Swimsuits, sports bras, and form-fitting clothes will look and feel better

Is breast reduction funded in NZ?

If you meet the specific guidelines of your private health insurer you may be able to get full or partial coverage for breast reduction surgery. As Dr Mackenzie is the Affiliated Provider for Southern Cross, you may receive up to $5,000 towards the operation.

How much does breast reduction cost in NZ?

The cost of breast reduction, including surgeon’s fees, anaesthetic and hospital fees, is approximately $24,000-26,000.