What are the reasons people get breast reduction surgery?

  • Brast reduction and lift

Breast reduction surgery, also called a mammoplasty, is a clinical procedure that removes fat and tissue from one’s breasts to reduce their size and appearance, and provide better comfort for the patient.

For many women, choosing a female plastic surgeon is something they feel more comfortable with, ensuring patience, understanding, and a unique female perspective.

Our surgeon, Dr Isolde Hertess, has more than 20 years of experience helping women to feel more confident, comfortable, and happier in their own bodies.

What are good reasons to get surgery for breast reduction?

There are many reasons why both men and women decide to undergo breast reduction surgery.

Many of these patients will have more than one reason for opting for a breast reduction, and these reasons generally either fit under functional or cosmetic reasons.

Cosmetic reasons refer to your appearance, such as not fitting into certain clothing. Another major reason is women who have asymmetric breasts who wish to restore more balance to the bustline.

Many men who get breast reduction surgery do so for cosmetic reasons, as they don’t feel comfortable having a protruding chest and have found they cannot shift stubborn fat through diet and exercise alone.

Functional reasons refer to the lifestyle effects of having excessively large breasts, such as back pain.

Our plastic surgery clinic in Cairns outlines some of these functional reasons below.

You find it a hassle to do basic tasks

Do you find it difficult to bend down or do household chores because of your bust getting in the way?

Breast reduction surgery may help you realise how much easier it is to do menial tasks in your everyday life. This is because breast reduction creates more room and less weight for you to carry around.

It’s challenging to exercise

Weight lifting, push-ups, pull-ups, and other gym exercises can be made more difficult and uncomfortable due to the weight and size of your upper body.

Larger breasts can also cause discomfort during running, while sports bras may not be providing the support you need.


The constant friction between the skin of your breast and your chest can lead to bruising, chafing, and rashes in those contact areas.

General chafing may be reduced or diminished temporarily, but this type of chafing will stick around with you every day, and can lead to discomfort and embarrassment.

Hand pain

People with large breasts often feel tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers due to the additional strain on their neck and nerve connections.

This sensation is similar to that of hitting your funny bone, and can cause duress and discomfort. A breast reduction or even a breast reduction and lift can help alleviate this issue.

Upper body pain

In addition to all of the unique reasons above, you can also experience general upper body pain, including back pain, neck pain, and other joint aches from the loaded weight on your chest.

You may also experience irritation or pain from your bra straps holding up such a heavy weight.

Your posture

With large breasts, you’ll often find that you have an incorrect posture due to additional weight affecting the way you sit and stand.

This can have long term effects and further exacerbate your back pain.

Nipple desensitisation

The pull and strain of the skin on your breasts can make your nipples less sensitive.

Nipples can also be less sensitive because of the minimal concentration of nerves compared to smaller breasts.

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Can men get breast reduction surgery?

Gynecomastia is the term for men who have a protruding chest, often derogatorily referred to as man boobs.

This is more common than you’d expect as 50%-65% of boys and men worldwide experience gynecomastia. This can happen due to a number of factors, including:

  • Medication
  • Genetics
  • Weight gain
  • Hormonal imbalance

The stigma behind “man boobs”, as they’re colloquially known, can provoke men to opt for breast reduction surgery… despite it being extremely common and normal!

Why does weight loss happen after a breast reduction surgery?

Your breasts take up a significant portion of your body’s mass.

Since your plastic surgeon will remove fat from your body during breast reduction surgery, this will result in a small reduction to your overall weight.

What happens if you lose a lot of weight after a breast reduction?

Like all types of surgeries, you need to take breast reduction recovery week by week in order to let your body and your scarring heal properly.

Once your body is ready to start exercising with your more practical body, you’ll find it much easier to run, lift weights, and go to the gym!

You may continue to lose more weight during this time, and exercising may make you lose even more fat – including from your breasts.

Ensure you lose weight in a sustainable and realistic fashion; this will help reduce the likelihood of developing sagging or loose skin.

Where can I get breast reduction surgery?

Our respected Queensland plastic surgery clinic is located in the centre of the sunny town of Cairns, Australia.

In addition to breast reduction surgery, we provide a range of breast and body procedures, including:

  • Breast implants or breast augmentation
  • Breast lift
  • Skin cancer checks
  • Nipple surgery
  • Tummy tuck
  • Mummy makeover

Contact our team today to book a private conversation. Call us on (07) 4031 5755 or fill in this form and our friendly team will get back to you soon.

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