Breast Reduction in Sydney by Dr. Cope

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Breast reduction surgery can open up new worlds to women and exciting opportunities they were unable to previously embrace. Large breasts can make women feel extremely self-conscious and restrict their activities, particularly in relation to sport. Women with very large, pendulous breasts can also experience a variety of medical problems caused by their excessive weight. The most common of these include back and neck pain, posture problems, skin irritation and rashes under the breasts and bra straps leaving indentations in their shoulders. Occasionally, overly large breasts can lead to skeletal deformities and breathing problems.

Breast reduction surgery removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making smaller, lighter, and better-shaped breasts which are in proportion with the rest of the body. It is usually performed after the breasts are fully developed, although Dr Cope will occasionally operate on younger patients if it is necessary.

Preparation for breast reduction at our Sydney clinic

It is important to conduct a full breast history and examination prior to breast reduction surgery. A preoperative mammogram is done for older patients and patients with significant breast history.

Dr Cope insists on two preoperative consultations with you and your partner or parents to make sure you have realistic expectations. This involves showing you photos of other patients who have undergone similar surgery, providing reading material on the surgery, and ideally having you talk to a patient who has had the surgery before.

Dr Cope will also engage you in a detailed discussion of the variables affecting breast reduction surgery, which includes age and skin elasticity, and the size and shape of your 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 predicted.

The procedure

Breast reduction surgery requires a general anaesthetic, with the operation taking 2-3 hours, and it is usually performed as a day-stay or overnight-stay procedure. Though it is often assumed that breast reduction surgery is a simple operation, considerable skill and experience is required to achieve a natural breast shape. Dr Cope has the expertise to create beautiful breasts that are in harmony with the rest of your body.


Dr Cope recommends that following surgery, it is important to restrict yourself to light activities, with no lifting or heavy duties for 10-14 days. *Most patients are able to drive again and return to work within two weeks of the surgery. Heavy activities and sport should be avoided for one month following breast reduction surgery.

*The breasts tend to settle in the months after the breast reduction surgery, with the final breast shape occurring 3-6 months postoperatively.

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