Male Breast Reduction in Melbourne
Male Breast Reduction in Melbourne, VIC
What is Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
Male Breast Reduction Surgery is a plastic surgery procedure usually performed to remove any fat or glandular tissue from enlarged male breasts or gynecomastia. Gynecomastia surgery, more commonly known as reduction mammaplasty, is done to give the chest enhanced contour lines and make it appear more masculine.
Often, if your breast is very large, it can sag, thereby stretching and displacing the nipple and the dark skin around it called the areola. During gyno surgery, the nipple and areola can be repositioned and re-sized to further improve the appearance of the chest.
Am I a Good Candidate for Reduction Mammoplasty Surgery?
If you have gynecomastia, which is defined as having excess fat tissue, glandular tissue, and sometimes even skin, in one or both of the breasts, you might consider gyno surgery. However, before considering the surgical option for gynecomastia, you should try to treat it with medical therapy. You can only be considered for the surgery if that fails.
An ideal candidate is someone who is physically stable and healthy, a non-smoker, and doesn’t have any chronic medical conditions that may pose a threat to life by undergoing surgery. You should also have realistic expectations and goals from this surgery.
If the appearance of your breasts bothers you, book a consultation with Dr Briggs now, and find out if you meet the criteria to undergo surgery.
Benefits of Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Gynecomastia Surgery is an effective procedure in removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin and giving you the perfect masculine and toned chest. It can significantly improve your mental health since gynecomastia can improve your confidence and comfort.
If there is too much excess fat, it can also affect your posture and back. Having breast reduction surgery can improve your posture and relieve any back pain you may be experiencing due to gynecomastia. This is especially important since back pain and extra weight on the chest can prevent you from doing physical activities easily.
Male Breast Reduction has several psychological, physical, and medical benefits if done properly by a skilled specialist plastic surgeon.
Your Male Breast Reduction Surgery Journey Starts with Your Consultation
This is the first phase of your journey towards a well-contoured and flat chest. During this stage of your journey, you will meet with Dr Briggs, who will then assess if you are a suitable candidate for surgery.
He will explain the procedure and the associated risks and complications that may occur during or after the surgery. It is important for you to understand them properly before going any further.
It is also important for you to be completely candid about your expectations from the surgery so that your surgeon can ensure those results are achieved.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Gynecomastia surgery is a procedure that can take anywhere between one to two hours depending on which technique is used and how much fat and glandular tissue needs to be removed. The aim of the surgery is to achieve a flatter, firmer, and more masculine-looking chest.
The plan and technique for the procedure differ depending on the components of the enlarged breast; if it is filled with fatty tissue or glandular tissue.
- Depending on the severity, Dr Briggs might perform the surgery either with intravenous sedation and local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia.
- He may remove excess fatty tissue using a scalpel in what is called the transverse excision technique or using liposuction cannula. More often than not, a combination of these two techniques is used to achieve the best results.
- Liposuction is the method of choice if the breasts are mostly composed of fatty tissue that needs to be removed.
- The Transverse Excision technique is preferred when there is more glandular tissue and excess skin that needs to be removed. Dr Briggs makes incisions across the breast to remove the excess glandular tissue and the length and number of incisions depend on extent of the issue.
- The Transverse Excision technique, unlike liposuction, allows the surgeon to also reposition the nipple and resize it if needed.
- After the procedure, Dr Briggs closes the incisions from the scalpel or the liposuction cannula using either dissolvable sutures or normal sutures, that will need to be removed later.
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Recovery from Male Breast Reduction Surgery
The gynecomastia surgery recovery period is usually determined by the amount of swelling and bruising of the chest. During this period, you will be required to wear an elastic compression garment to control the swelling. It is also recommended you take a few days off work as there might be mild pain and discomfort.
A thin drainage tube may also be placed in your chest after the surgery to remove any excess fluid or blood. You should ask your surgeon specific details on how to care for the drain site and the site of the incision. It is very important to follow Dr Briggs precautions to achieve the best results and not complicate the healing process.
You should also refrain from any physical activity that may exert pressure on your chest and delay the healing process. You will also face difficulty driving as it may be painful to wear the seat belt.
Male Breast Surgery does not provide quick results, in fact, it can take up to six months to see the final results of the surgery.
Risks and Complications of Gynecomastia Surgery
Every surgery has certain risks and complications. As it is a predominantly cosmetic procedure, it is important for you to discuss these in detail with your plastic surgeon before making the decision to undergo this surgery.
Some Risks of Gynaecomastia Surgery
- Bleeding with hematoma
- Complications associated with anesthesia
- Fluid accumulation or seroma
- Blood clots & Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Persistent pain
- Complicated/poor wound healing
- Breast asymmetry
- Temporary or permeant loss of sensation
- Unfavourable scarring
Why Choose Dr Patrick Briggs?
Dr Briggs is a highly skilled and well-trained Specialist Plastic Surgeon with experience in all fields of cosmetic surgery. He has worked in the field of cosmetic and plastic surgery for over 20 years and is specialized in breast procedures.
He performs surgeries with extreme precision and up-to-date approaches. Book a consultation now to begin your journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
Gynaecomastia is a surgical procedure and leaves behind scars that can usually be hidden in the natural contours and creases of the chest. Some scars may be hidden in the armpit to leave the chest scarless, flat, and firm.
Sometimes, minimal scars around the areola may be visible but they should have no effect on your ability to go shirtless whenever you want to. They may also fade over time.
The healing period differs depending on your body’s wound healing abilities but in general, takes around one to two weeks. Mild bruising and discomfort may persist even after the first two weeks and the final results of the surgery may be visible around six months after the surgery.
There are several reasons for gynaecomastia to develop ranging from hereditary causes to hormonal causes. Obesity or the consumption of certain medications also play a role in the development of gynaecomastia.
Gynaecomastia can develop in males of any age group from adolescence to old age. Adolescents and men in their old age may often develop physiological gynaecomastia that will resolve spontaneously.
The aim of gynaecomastia surgery is to remove excess fat and leave behind permanent results with a flat and firm chest that is guaranteed to give you a confidence boost.
However, excessive weight gain and use of steroids may result in the recurrence of gynaecomastia. It is important to know that surgery does not treat the underlying cause of gynaecomastia. For example, if gynaecomastia develops due to hormonal imbalance, recurrence is possible unless the underlying disease is treated.
The male breast reduction surgery is performed using general or local anesthesia and is associated with mild pain, just like any other surgical procedure. The soreness and pain last for the first couple of days and can be treated with analgesics. There may also be mild swelling and bruising, after the surgery, that can be controlled by wearing an elastic compression garment.
Just like any other surgical procedure, this surgery has risks associated with it. The most common complication of the procedure is fluid accumulation which can be drained using a needle or a drainage tube.
Male breast reduction surgery can be performed on any man who has gynaecomastia and meets the criteria for a reduction mammoplasty. However, most plastic surgeons recommend that only those who are above 18 years of age to have the surgery to ensure the best results.
Gynaecomastia, especially that associated with obesity, can be reduced significantly but not completely with a weight loss plan. Losing the excess weight may reduce the appearance of the male breasts but the results are not similar to the reduction mammoplasty as the chest will not be well contoured and flat. Some excess saggy skin may still be present.
Moreover, drastic weight loss may be associated with excess skin that will still need to be removed or trimmed surgically. Excess saggy skin is rarely resolved with exercising – you can’t exercise skin!
About Dr Patrick Briggs FRCS (Plast) - Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results and is vastly experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. With world-wide expertise Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.
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