Gynaecomastia is the medical term for reducing man boobs or male breast reduction surgery due to enlarged or over developed breasts in men or teenage boys.
There are a number of reasons this imbalance can occur. It could be due to abnormal hormone secreting tumours, or a congenital imbalance of hormones. Medications can also create an imbalance such as anabolic steroids, particular diuretics, digoxin (a cardiac drug), and some prostate/hair-loss reduction medication. Before offering options for your concerns it is important to investigate the underlying causes first, rather than to simply treat this as a cosmetic problem.
On the other hand, if after appropriate investigations have been performed there is no evidence of glandular tissue and only fat is present, then it can be treated simply as a cosmetic problem.
This condition is not generally a serious problem. As a result some men do experience pain and discomfort. It can lead to embarrassment, limit lifestyle activities and clothing choices.
It can occur in one or both breasts.
To find out more, you are welcome to come in for a free consultation to discus your concerns and options with one of our experienced surgeons.
Gynaecomastia and male breast reduction surgery
Determining the symptoms will determine the preferred treatment option for you.
- Fatty tissue – which is soft.
- Glandular tissue – which is firm and dense
Once determined, either liposuction, or excision will be the preferred option.
When your condition is predominantly fatty tissue, then liposuction is the preferred option.
In this procedure, very small incisions are made, through which a cannula is inserted, local anaesthetic is infused and then the fat is sucked out. This is usually performed using local anaesthetic with sedation, however, if can be done with a general anaesthetic.
Excision placement for male breast reduction surgery
Male breast enlargement caused by excess glandular tissue or excess skin will need to be excised. This male breast reduction procedure will leave a scar, typically around the edge of the nipple.
How long does the gynaecomastia procedure take?
Male breast reduction surgery will take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. It is usually performed with local anaesthetic and sedation to ensure patient comfort.
How will I feel afterwards?
After your male breast reduction procedure you maybe a little sore and swollen. You are able to return to work within 3-5 days.
More strenuous activity after about 2-3 weeks.
Full recovery about 4 – 6 weeks
When will I see results from gynaecomastia?
You will start to see results from your procedure after a week.
Full results could take 6 months before the swelling completely goes down.
How much does a gynaecomastia cost?
The cost of a male breast reduction has many variables and find out if this is an option for you, you are welcome to come in for a free consultation.
So, to give an indication gynaecomastia prices start at $4,800.
This fee is inclusive and there are no extra fees to pay, covering your
- Pre-operative consultations
- Theatre fees
- Anaesthetist fees – if applicable
- Post-operative consultations
Usually at 1 week, 3 weeks and 6 weeks
- Weekly massage to help healing and reduce swelling
What are the risks related to gynaecomastia?
The decision to have gynaecomastia is personal and optional.
As a result, it is important for you to decide whether the potential risks outweigh the benefit of the procedure and will be discussed with you.
The risks are rare and can include
- Not removing enough tissue or fatty deposits
- Poor wound healing
- Reaction to tapes or dressings
When can I return to work after a gynaecomastia procedure?
Everyone is individual, however, depending on the type of work you do, you can usually return to work after about 2-3 days if it is not too strenuous.
Contact us if you have any queries especially regarding Gynaecomastia, reducing man boobs, or male breast reduction surgery. You are welcome to call 9824 6134 or send an email to our patient advisor, Julie. She will respond to your requests in a discreet and caring manner. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting with you at your convenience at Aesthetica, Armadale, Melbourne.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.
Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.