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Breast Reduction Surgery Cost New Zealand

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure that reduces the size of the breasts by removing excess fat, glandular tissue and skin. The procedure can be performed under general or local anesthesia, depending on your preference and the extent of the surgery.

Under a general anaesthetic, large or heavy breasts can be reduced in size by removing excess skin, fat and glandular tissue. The nipple is then lifted and breast tissue reshaped to form smaller, less droopy breasts. Breast reduction surgery is usually needed when the size of the breasts are too large for the body frame, or the breasts are uneven in size. Liposuction may be used to reduce the breast or fatty excess on the side of the chest. Enquire about breast reduction surgery in Tauranga today.

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BREAST REDUCTION

Breast reduction surgery involves the removal of excess skin and tissue to help reduce the painful physical symptoms of excessively large breasts. Mr Brandon Adams performs breast reduction surgery in Tauranga and Rotorua.

Under a general anaesthetic, large or heavy breasts can be reduced in size by removing excess skin, fat and glandular tissue. The nipple is then lifted and breast tissue reshaped to form smaller, less droopy breasts. Breast reduction surgery is usually needed when the size of the breasts are too large for the body frame, or the breasts are uneven in size. Liposuction may be used to reduce the breast or fatty excess on the side of the chest. Enquire about breast reduction surgery in Tauranga today.

Breast reduction surgery may be recommended if you have large breasts that cause physical discomfort and/or psychological distress.

Your doctor may suggest a breast reduction if you have one or more of these problems:

  • back pain
  • neck pain or shoulder pain
  • persistent skin irritation or rashes around your breasts
  • shoulder grooving (where your bra strap rubs against your shoulder)
  • soreness from wearing certain types of bras or clothing

HOW LONG DOES  THE OPERATION TAKE?

3 hours

HOW MUCH WILL THIS PROCEDURE COST?

PRIVATE HOSPITAL

The estimated costs of having 
Breast reduction
with Mr Adams at Grace hospital is approximately

$18,000 to $20,000

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* In addition to surgical fees, these figures include an estimate of hospital and anaesthetic costs.

WHAT DO I GET WHEN I PAY FOR PLASTIC SURGERY?

QUALITY

Plastic and reconstructive surgery is a specialised branch of medicine which requires many years of training. Following medical school Mr Adams undertook an additional 9 years of training and was awarded a Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He then undertook 18 months training in Aesthetic (Cosmetic) surgery and complex reconstructive surgery with leading experts.

IMPLANTS AND GARMENTS

If your surgery requires implants or a special post operative garment then these will have a cost associated with them.

FOLLOW UP

Your follow up for 6 weeks, including any wound care and appointments are included in your surgeons’ fees. Costs for revision surgery are not included.

SAFETY

To perform safe surgery a high quality operating facility is required. Extensive surgery requires overnight hospital stays with skilled nurses.

Private hospitals charge for time used in the operating theatre, recovery time and day stay or overnight hospital stays. In addition they charge for all equipment used such as sutures, dressings, disposable instruments and drapes.

Mr Adams only operates at private hosptials with highly trained nursing staff who care for you after your operation in recovery and on the ward if you stay overnight.

SKILLED ANAESTHESIA

Any surgery requring a general anaesthetic (going to sleep for surgery) or sedation requires a skilled anaesthetist. Anaesthetists are skilled doctors who require at least 7 years training after medical school to achive the highest standards of skill and safely.

Your comfort and safety is the result of team work between all of the doctors and nurses who will care for you. If you have complex medical conditions you may need additional assessments prior to surgery.

WHAT IF I NEED REVISION SURGERY OR HAVE A COMPLICATION?

Most of the time surgery goes well and wounds heal without problems. However, no surgical treatment is completely risk free – if you are having elective or cosmetic surgery it is especially important that you understand this. The general complications of surgery which occur with some regularity include:

  • InfectionDelayed healing
  • BruisingProblematic or unsightly scars
  • InfectionInjury to nerves, blood vessels, or surrounding structures
  • PainDistortion of surrounding skin or other structures
  • Allergic reactionsPoor cosmetic result
  • Complications of sedation or general anaestheticFurther surgery or other treatments

If there is a complication that requires further surgery – you or your insurer will be responsible for any further costs.

FINANCIAL CONSENT

The estimates of cost provided are estimates only and are not based on what is needed by any particular patient. If surgery is unexpectedly complex it may take longer then hospital and anaesthetic costs will increase. If a complication occurs and requires surgery there will be costs associated with repeat surgery. Mr Adams does not control the hospital or anaesthetic costs

Women face tough battle for breast reduction surgery

Invercargill woman Khellsey-Anna Atley, 22, held a fundraising event to raise money for her breast reduction surgery. (First published May 2019)

More public funding is needed for expensive – and life-changing – breast reduction surgery, advocates say.

Christchurch student Erika Johnstone, 25, wants reduction surgery for her F-cup breasts, but cannot get it through the public health system.

Johnstone would be refused breast reduction surgery because her body mass index, or BMI, is too high. In New Zealand, publicly-funded breast reduction surgery is offered only to people with a BMI below 32.

“It’s a double-edged sword because I want to lose weight so I can qualify for the surgery, but then it’s really hard to exercise because I’m in constant pain with my back,” she said.

Private breast reduction surgery can cost between $8000 and $21,600, and Johnstone’s health insurance does not cover it, so she is trying to raise $15,000 to pay for it herself.

“It’s really frustrating because it’s something that impacts a lot of women’s lives,” she said.

Christchurch plastic surgeon Jesse Kenton-Smith said there were a “huge number” of women who would benefit from breast reduction surgery, but who could not afford the operation.

“In a resource-limited system, the bar for breast reductions must be set extremely high.”

Auckland plastic surgeon Katarzyna Mackenzie said more resources were needed.

Christchurch student Erika Johnstone, 25, wants reduction surgery for her F-cup breasts but cannot get it from the public health system.
SUPPLIEDChristchurch student Erika Johnstone, 25, wants reduction surgery for her F-cup breasts but cannot get it from the public health system.

This year she has performed an average of four breast reductions a month, with most of her patients paying for the procedure themselves.

“There needs to be funding for public hospitals to accommodate women who cannot afford treatment in the private sector,” she said.

Stacey Johnson, a 21-year-old Tākaka resident, was under the BMI threshold when she sought medical advice for her HH-cup breasts.

But she was told her breasts were not causing enough “physical or mental discomfort” to qualify for a publicly-funded operation.

She unsuccessfully applied to ACC three times for help to pay for the operation privately. ACC only funds breast reductions for injuries caused by a medical treatment, or as treatment for an injury.

Takaka resident Stacey Johnson, 21, was told her HH-cup breasts were not causing enough “discomfort” to qualify for publicly-funded reduction surgery.
SUPPLIEDTakaka resident Stacey Johnson, 21, was told her HH-cup breasts were not causing enough “discomfort” to qualify for publicly-funded reduction surgery.

ACC received 203 breast reduction claims in the last five years and approved 81.2 per cent, amounting to $815,000.

Johnson eventually saved the $8000 she needed to have the surgery done privately in Hamilton in May. The reduction significantly improved her quality of life, she said.

“I can find clothes that fit properly, go running, but most of all, my back has stopped constantly hurting.”

She said it was a “failure of our health system” that so many women were forced to pay for a surgery that “undoubtedly’’ improved their quality of life.

In Christchurch, it is becoming harder to get public surgery.

Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) figures show the number of people accepted for referral for breast reduction surgery at Christchurch Hospital dropped by almost two-thirds in the last three years, down from 98 accepted referrals in 2018 to 31 last year.

After years of taunts about the size of her chest with no clear solution in sight, Sarah Baker was out of hope. Now she’s taking matters into her own hands. (First published September 2018)

CDHB secondary care planning and funding team leader Ralph La Salle said the number of accepted referrals had decreased because the department was doing more cancer surgeries.

Christchurch Hospital aimed to complete 15 to 20 breast reductions a year, he said.

Those who are able to get into the public system face lengthy wait times, sometimes up to 600 days between referral and the surgery actually happening. The average waiting time in 2020 was 426 days.

The issue was not as stark in Wellington and Auckland. The average waiting time was 214 days in the Capital and Coast District Health Board area, and 121 days in Counties Manukau, which also handles referrals for the Auckland District Health Board.

Counties Manukau Health acting chief executive Dr Peter Watson said the board did not have the capacity to treat all breast reduction referrals.

“We need to manage access for patients who have the highest need and potential to benefit from the surgery.”

Government Funded Breast Reduction Nz

In New Zealand, publicly-funded breast reduction surgery is offered only to people with a BMI below 32.

Breast Reduction Surgery Wellington

Most women ask for a breast reduction because the sheer physical size and weight of their breasts causes significant physical discomfort. This may include back pain, neck pain, headaches (from neck muscle strain), bra straps digging into their shoulders and fat atrophy beneath the bra straps. It may be difficult to exercise and to fit certain types of clothing. There may be skin irritation in the folds beneath the breast. Posture may be affected. Breasts may become particularly large during the menstrual cycle and when breast feeding.

Additionally the breasts may be a source of social embarrassment and unwanted attention. Many women will dress to hide the size of their breasts.

Mr Davis has done many hundreds of breast reductions and finds this surgery very rewarding because of the immediate improvements in quality of life. Most people find it is easier to take a deep breath and the relief from tightly bound bras can be profound.

Mr Davis does Breast reduction for a fixed cost. Most standard cases have been done for a total cost of $20,725. Cases that require additonal equipment such as liposuction equipment would cost more. For the current fixed cost please either email us or phone us on 0800 268 526

The quoted cost for surgery covers everything including anaesthetist fees, theatre fees, consumables, staying overnight in hospital after surgery, any additional consultations after the first consultation and all the follow up for dressings and checks in the first year after surgery. This cost includes GST.

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