What Is Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
Male Breast Reduction Surgery, or Gynecomastia Surgery, is a surgical procedure with a goal of reducing the breast size in men.
Gynecomastia or enlarged male breast is a common phenomenon. In fact, every third man under the age of 40 and every second over the age of 50 experiences some degree of breast enlargement.
Gynecomastia is a major aesthetic and psychological problem for men. It can cause emotional discomfort and impact a patient’s self-confidence. Some men may even avoid certain physical and sexual activities to cover up their condition.
Several different factors can cause this condition including;
- Hormonal changes
- Chronic kidney or liver disease
- Even, the use of certain medications can cause gynecomastia
- But, the most common cause is obesity.
However, a medical exam should be performed to determine whether the breast enlargement is caused by fat alone (pseudo gynecomastia) or a glandular component (gynecomastia).
An increase in male breast size can occur on one or both sides of the chest area. The symptoms are mostly subjective and include; an increase in the diameter of the breast of 2cm and more, difficulties in moving, increased sensitivity of the nipples, and chest tightness.
Am I A Good Candidate For Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
In order to assess whether you are a good candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery, it is necessary to perform a general examination and consultation. Healthy patients with realistic expectations and a good understanding of all the benefits and possible risks are usually good candidates for Male Breast Reduction Surgery.
If you are:
- Embarrassed by your “man boobs”
- Find yourself avoiding tight shirts because of the size of your breast
- Having confidence issues because of the the size of your breasts
- In good overall health
- 18+ years old
- Non-smoker or a smoker willing to quit
- Someone looking to improve overall body proportions
You might make a good candidate for Male Breast Reduction Surgery.
Several surgeons may offer this procedure, but it’s best to choose a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon who has the training and credentials to perform the procedure skillfully. A surgeon like Dr Patrick Briggs.
Benefits of Male Breast Reduction Surgery
The goal of Gynecomastia Surgery is to achieve a more masculine look by reducing the breast size that creates discomfort.
Surgery can help reduce the appearance of Man Boobs significantly. It also produces a flatter, firmer-looking chest by reducing breast size and the puffy look of the nipple area.
Most patients report a big increase in confidence as a result of a more masculine look, as well as, an improvement in the ability to exercise and perform more challenging daily activities.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery Before and After Photos
Visit the clinic to see the real patient photo gallery of Before and After Male Breast Reduction Surgery photographs representing typical results our patients get. Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly.
Male Breast Reduction -Surgical Procedure
Male breast reduction surgery can take between one and four hours, depending on the patient and the method the surgeon uses.
Some patients will have to stay in the hospital overnight, but most are able to go home a few hours after their procedure.
It is important to determine the cause of enlarged breasts to choose the correct method for your surgery. Less complex cases with a predominance of fat tissue can be completely corrected by liposuction. This is commonly the first method of choice in the treatment of gynecomastia.
During this procedure, a cannula (thin tube) is put through two small incisions to remove excess fat tissue.
For patients who have predominantly excess glandular tissue, it is necessary to surgically remove it to achieve a masculine look. This operation is performed through a small incision in the lower half of the nipple.
Sometimes it is necessary to combine both these methods to get the best results.
Depending on the surgical area and the cause of enlarged breasts, surgery can be performed under local and general anaesthesia.
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Recovery after Surgery
Recovery is smooth and relatively quick. Most patients return to their physical activities as little as 2 to 4 weeks after the surgery.
However, the first week after surgery you should avoid exercising, swimming, and other intense physical activities.
In the second week of your recovery, you will have a follow-up examination and removal of the sutures will occur.
Furthermore, patients will need to wear compression garments for 4-5 weeks post-surgery. This is to help reduce swelling and other possible complications.
It should be noted that bruising and swelling are present during the early recovery stages but will gradually disappear.
You might also feel some pain in the days following surgery. But this can be easily managed with a prescription for pain relief that you will be given by your surgeon.
Minimising Scars after Male Breast Reduction
It is important to remember that all surgical procedures leave scars, including ‘so-called’ scarless methods.
Experienced plastic surgeons are extremely careful about scar placement and minimisation, with surgical scars generally fading over time with most scars being barely visible after 12 months.
We will arrange weekly post-op appointments with our specialist nursing team after your procedure to ensure everything is healing well and to monitor your progress.
You will see your surgeon and/or nurse and/or dermal team about six to eight weeks later for a scar consultation and organise scar minimisation treatments.
The Coco Ruby dermal team conducts a series of follow-up scar treatments using a customised selection of Skin Needling, Healite II LED and massaging with oils, Fraxel Laser, V-Laser, Silicone strips & gels and Steroids can also help minimise scars. Ask the Coco Ruby Team!
Note – The length of your recovery period will depend on your procedure and your health and lifestyle factors. Recovery times can vary from person to person.
Please avoid subjecting your incision to abrasion or excessive stresses during the recovery period.
Can Man Boobs grow back after Gynecomastia Surgery?
- Anabolic steroids, some medications, and weight gain can cause Gynecomastia to reoccur in patients that have undergone Male Breast Reduction Surgery.
Can Gynecomastia disappear with exercise?
- Unfortunately no. Many patients with great physique experience gynecomastia.
How can I find out if my gynecomastia is caused by fat or breast tissue?
- The best way to find out what is causing your gynecomastia is to have a professional medical check-up.
- However, enlarged breast due to the increase of fat tissue is usually softer to touch.
How long do I have to wear a compression garment?
- The longer – the better.
- Usually, patients wear it for 4-5 weeks.
I heard a lot about Gynexin, a pill that reduces gynecomastia. Does it work?
- Unfortunately, there is no viable evidence that shows any progress in gynecomastia patients who were taking these kinds of supplements.
Can Male Breast Reduction be performed at the same time as the Areola Reduction?
- Technically yes but it depends on the patients’ condition and surgical expertise.
Will I have to wear drains after Male Breast Reduction Surgery.
- Depending on the surgical method, your Specialist Plastic Surgeon may recommend or the usage of drains.
- However, your surgeon will discuss this with you before your surgery.
- In other words, if you are going to have drains you will know before the surgery takes place.
Gynecomastia Surgery Cost
Every patient is different, therefore the prices vary. You will be given a price quote after your first consultation.
Furthermore, we try to be as transparent as possible with our patients. So, your Male Breast Reduction Surgery quote will include a cost breakdown, clearly outlining your surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist’s fee, perhaps a surgical assistant fee, and the hospital fees.
Funding Male Breast Reduction
– Medicare, Payment Plans and Super
Some Male Breast Reduction procedures may be eligible for Medicare.
Purely cosmetic Male Breast Reduction procedures are usually NOT covered by medicare or private health insurance so you must fund the cost of the surgery yourself.
Many patients ask about payment options and medical finance – You can learn more about payment options for funding your Male Breast Reduction procedure on our Funding Surgery page here.
Your super fund may also be able to help pay for your procedure in certain circumstances – visit the Super for Surgery page to find out about early release of super on compassionate grounds.
How to find the best Male Breast Reduction surgeon in Melbourne
Your surgical results will depend on the surgeon you choose. Since male breast reduction is a major procedure, you’ll need a top male breast reduction plastic surgeon. A reputable male breast reduction surgeon has the following qualities:
- A Specialist Plastic Surgeon who is a Member of ASPS5 star online reviews from patients.
- Extensive experience in different types of male breast reduction procedures.
- Patient Before and After Photos .
- Empathy and caring with recovery and aftercare.
- A great support team with long term follow up.
Complications and Risks of Gynecomastia
Like any other surgical procedure, Male Breast Reduction Surgery comes with certain risks and complications. Patients are presented with all the risks as well as the mandatory adherence to the given instructions by your Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
Some of the possible complications are:
- Bad reaction to anesthesia
- Breast asymmetry
- Infection and bleeding
- Changes in the skin senses
- Unsatisfactory results that may require additional procedures
The results of Male Breast Reduction Surgery are permanent, assuming your weight is stable. However, if Gynecomastia is caused by the use of drugs or anabolic steroids, further use can lead to a pre-operation state.
To reduce the chance of a revision and additional surgery, you should:
- Maintain a normal weight
- Keep a healthy diet
- Stay physically active
- Have a good posture
Commonly combined /associated surgery
A Male Breast Reduction can be performed on its own or in combination with other surgical procedures such as liposuction. Male Breast Reduction can also be performed with a procedure on another part of the body – for example breast and tummy surgery is commonly combined as a Mummy Makeover.
As a guide it is best not to exceed a total of 4-6 hours of surgery and also to work on associated parts of the breast, body or face. See the BLOG on Combining Different Surgeries.
Further Reading – Medical References
Why Choose Us?
Our leading specialist Plastic Surgeons perform Male Breast Reduction or Gynecomasty plastic surgery for adults over the age of 18. Our Melbourne based, fully-qualified Plastic Surgeons primarily operate at accredited major hospitals in Melbourne.
Several of our experienced Plastic Surgeons in Melbourne, Victoria are experts in performing male breast reduction, including Dr. Patrick Briggs and Dr. Richard Sackelariou. They have made this surgery part of their surgical interest areas (having a surgical procedure focus on body contouring) in their Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery practices for men and women. Female breast reduction is a much more complex procedure than male breast reduction.
They use only experienced anesthetists and a top team of surgical support staff.
We are an Australia wide Specialist Plastic Surgeons Group, with the appropriate qualifications and members of recognized associations.
Look for members of FRCS, ASPS, ASAPS, or ISAPS as some of the Qualifications of your
Otoplasty is a highly-specialized field, so the choice of the right surgeon with Otoplasty expertise can deeply impact the results you are looking for.
Your Male Breast Reduction Surgery Journey
During the consultation, our Specialist Plastic Surgeon will talk to you about your health issues, allergic reactions, previous surgeries, medication, etc. You will undergo a thorough health check-up and basic laboratory tests to assess potential underlying illnesses causing the issue.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery is performed under general anesthesia. In the case of smaller areas or pseud-gynecomastia, it is possible to perform surgery under local anesthesia.
The surgery duration depends on the size and technique used for the reduction.
Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will provide you with recovery instructions regarding taking antibiotics, analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and a check-up appointment.
It is important to follow your doctors instructions to ease the recovery period and improve the results of the surgery.
Dr Patrick Briggs
Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.
Not only does he offer high-quality results he also offers natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.
How can we help?
Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation
- If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
- You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.