Bulent Yaprak - Plastic Surgeon

Breast Reduction Surgery - Free Yourself from Heavy, Full Breasts and Take a Load off Your Chest.

Breast Rduction surgery New Zealand

Breast Reduction Surgery:

This is a  surgery that people find has a dramatic affect on their lives.  It literally takes the weight off to body enabling better movement and mobility.  

  • Feel more comfortable – The constant pull of heavy breasts may make bra straps leave painful indentations in a woman’s shoulders.
  • Large, heavy breasts can cause back and neck pain, skin irritation, and posture problems. 
  • Improve posture.
  • Reduce skin irritations from breast flap folds.
  • Reduce the limitations that large, heavy breasts place on participation in sports or other activities. Some physical activities may be sore or awkward for women who have large breasts.
  • Alter your appearance. Large breasts, especially when they are out of proportion to your height and weight, can be embarrassing. It also may be hard to find clothes that fit well.
  • In women with a strong history of breast cancer or miltiple lumps in large breasts, this proedure provides the surgeon with an opportunity to carefully examine breast tissue.  While this may not completely rule out cancer, if the tissue is normal, the process can be reassuring for the woman. 

Surgery Explained:

Breast reduction surgery removes some of the tissue and skin from the breasts to reshape and reduce the size of the breasts. It can also make the area of dark skin surrounding the nipple (areola) smaller.

To remove tissue and skin from the breast, the surgeon first makes one or more cuts in the breast. After the excess tissue and skin have been removed, the skin is closed with stitches. Sometimes the nipple and areola have to be removed and repositioned.

Mr Yaprak may also recommend a breast ‘lift’ at the same time as a reduction. Reducing large breasts may involve some degree of ptosis (drooping), this can be corrected in the process of reduction if necessary.


As with any surgical procedure, breast reduction surgery can result in some scarring. This is usually a ‘fine-line’ scar running around the nipple-areolar complex and extending in a vertical line down the lower part of the breast. There can also be a short horizontal scar in the inframammary fold (the natural lower boundary of the breast, where the breast and the chest meet). The length of this usually depends on the technique used and the size of the breast pre-operatively.

For smaller breasts, a ‘short-scar’ technique is usually performed. This involves making a lollipop-shaped incision in the breast, with a ring around the nipple and a line extending part of the way down the underside of the breast. Some tissue is then removed from the sides and bottom of the breast, leaving tissue beneath the nipple and areola intact.

Keloid scars can occur and patients need to be aware of this. There can be some sensory change in the breast, although this is true of only a small percentage of patients. In addition, breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery is generally unpredictable.

Drains are often used in breast reduction cases.


Post Operatively:

Most patients are encouraged to be up and about as soon as possible, doing household chores. After a week, I encourage them to resume their normal physical activities, provided these don’t involve any jarring motions, for example, no jogging, horse riding, mountain biking, etc. that would involve jarring of the upper torso.  Patients may, however, commence hiking, walking or doing exercises that work on areas other than the upper torso.

Follow-up takes place a week after the operation, when dressings are changed, sutures are trimmed and all is checked.

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