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Male Breast Reduction (Gynaecomastia) Surgery

Gynaecomastia Surgery, often referred to as Male Breast Reduction Surgery, is a medical procedure for treating Gynaecomastia, a condition characterised by the enlargement of male breast tissue. This condition can be caused by various factors, including hormonal imbalances, certain medications, obesity, or genetics.

Why consider Gynaecomastia?

Changed Chest Contour


Physical Discomfort

Permanent Results

Am I a Suitable Candidate for Gynaecomastia Surgery

Gynaecomastia Surgery or Male Breast Reduction Surgery may be appropriate for individuals who are experiencing enlarged breast tissue and are looking to achieve a flatter, more masculine chest contour. Suitable candidates for Gynaecomastia Surgery typically share the following characteristics;

  • Diagnosed with Gynaecomastia
  • Good overall health
  • Stable weight
  • Realistic expectations
  • Stable hormones
  • 18+ years old
  • Non-smoker or a smoker willing to quit
  • Understands the risks and potential complications

Keep in mind that Gynaecomastia surgery can address both the excess glandular tissue and fatty tissue in the chest and the specific surgical approach will be determined by the type and severity of the condition. Consulting with a qualified Surgeon is crucial to ensure the most appropriate treatment plan for your situation.

What are the Potential Outcomes of Gynaecomastia Surgery?

Gynaecomastia Surgery, or male breast reduction surgery, offers several potential outcomes to individuals who have been experiencing enlarged breast tissue. The outcomes of Gynaecomastia surgery include:

  • Changed Chest Contour: The primary goal of Gynaecomastia surgery is to reduce excess breast tissue and create a flatter and more masculine chest contour.
  • Comfort: In some cases, Gynaecomastia Surgery may improve physical comfort by eliminating any discomfort or pain associated with enlarged breast tissue.
  • Customised Treatment: Gynecomastia can vary in severity, and male breast reduction can be tailored to the specific needs of the patient, ranging from liposuction for mild cases to excision techniques for more severe cases.
  • Permanent Results: When performed by a skilled Surgeon, Gynaecomastia Surgery typically provides permanent results. The reduction of breast tissue is generally permanent, though maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential.

It is important to note that the specific outcomes of Gynaecomastia Surgery can vary depending on the individual’s unique circumstances, the surgical technique used, and the goals of the procedure. To determine the potential outcomes for your specific situation and ensure a desired result, it is essential to consult with a qualified Plastic Surgeon or Specialist in male breast reduction. They will assess your needs, discuss potential outcomes and create a customised treatment plan based on your goals and preferences.

What to Expect During Gynaecomastia Surgery

Although every surgery is tailored to the patients needs, the steps are generally as follows;

  • Anesthesia
    • Gynaecomastia Surgery is typically performed under general anaesthetic
  • Incisions and Technique
    • The surgical technique used will depend on the type and severity of your Gynaecomastia. Liposuction may be used for cases primarily involving fatty tissue, while surgical excision is necessary for the removal of excess glandular tissue.
      • Liposuction involves small incisions made near the treatment area to insert a thin tube (cannula) to suction out excess fat.
      • Surgical excision may require larger incisions, which are typically made around the areola or in other inconspicuous locations.
      • Excess glandular tissue may be removed directly, and skin may be tightened as needed.
  • Tissue Removal and Contouring
    • The surgeon will remove the excess breast tissue.
  • Closing Incisions
    • After the desired results are achieved, the incisions are closed with sutures.
    • In many cases, absorbable sutures are used, which do not need to be removed.
  • Recovery Room
    • After the surgery, you will spend some time in a recovery area where medical staff will monitor your condition as you wake up from the anaesthetic.

Your surgeon will provide you with detailed information about the procedure and guide you through the entire process, from pre-operative preparations to post-operative care.

DISCLAIMER: The outcomes shown are only relevant for these patients and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.

Risks and Complications

Gynaecomastia Surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries potential risks and complications. It is important to be aware of these and discuss them with your surgeon during the consultation. Common risks and complications associated with Gynaecomastia Surgery may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Haematoma
  • Seroma
  • Scarring
  • Changes in nipple sensation
  • Asymmetry
  • Anaesthetic risks
  • Wound healing issues
  • Breast tissue regrowth
  • Unsatisfactory results
  • Need for revision surgery

For detailed information about the risks and potential complications of surgery please visit the risks of surgery page.


Expect significant swelling and bruising around the chest area. This is normal and should subside over the following weeks. You may also experience some discomfort. Your Surgeon will provide you with instructions on wearing compression garments or bandages to reduce swelling and provide support to the chest area. These garments help to shape the chest and promote proper healing and need to be worn for 5-6 weeks post surgery.

You will receive a prescription for pain medication to manage any discomfort or pain. It is essential to rest and take it easy during the initial recovery period. Keep your head elevated while lying down to help reduce swelling. Avoid lying flat, especially for the first few days after surgery.

You should avoid exercising, swimming, and other intense physical activities in the first few weeks post surgery. Smoking and alcohol should be avoided pre and post surgery as they can hinder the healing process.

Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your surgeon. During these appointments, your surgeon will monitor your progress, address any concerns, remove any dressings or sutures and make any necessary adjustments. Your Surgeon will provide instructions on caring for the surgical incisions and minimising scarring.

During the recovery period it is essential to follow your surgeon’s specific post-operative care instructions, as they may vary depending on the surgical technique used and your individual needs. If you have any concerns or unusual symptoms during your recovery, don’t hesitate to contact your surgeon for guidance and reassurance.

What is the Cost of Gynaecomastia Surgery?

The cost of Gynaecomastia Surgery can vary widely depending on several factors, including the Surgeon’s expertise, geographic location, the complexity of the procedure, and any associated costs. 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, anesthetist’s fee, surgical assistant fee, the hospital fees and other costs

Not all Surgeons have the same experience or intensive training and testing qualifications. Be sure you learn the differences between a Plastic Surgeon, a General Surgeon, a Cosmetic Surgeon or other types of Surgeon.

If the surgery is considered medically necessary there may be a rebate from Medicare and your Private Health Fund although this will not cover the total cost and patients will still have out of pocket costs. Your Surgeon will be able to advise on this at the time of your consultation.

It is important to note that we do not encourage patients to take on debt to pay for cosmetic surgery. Additionally, we do not offer or recommend financing schemes to patients, such as loans or commercial payment plans.

Why Choose Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery?

Choosing a Specialist Plastic Surgeon means you are choosing an accredited recognised plastic surgeon that performs surgery in an accredited hospital. Look for members of FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) memberships. ASPS (Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) ASAPS (Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) or ISAPS (International Society Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) as some of the Qualifications of your Plastic Surgeon

Our Surgeons,  Dr Gary Kode and Dr Broughton Snell are all highly experienced, fully qualified specialist plastic surgeons with current FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) memberships, with experience in Gynaecomastia Surgery.

How to Book your Initial Consultation

  • Email us below or Call on (03) 8849 1400 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment OR
  • A Referral from your General Practitioner (GP) or from your Medical Specialist is required (as of 1st July 2023).
  • A consultation with one of our surgeons is $300.00

Download the 2023 Male Breast Reduction (Gynaecomastia) Guide

This complete guide to Male Breast Reduction (Gynaecomastia) surgery covers everything you need to know about this procedure, including:

  • Your surgery explained
  • How to assess if you are a suitable candidate.
  • Planning for your surgery
  • Answers to most frequently asked questions.
  • Before and after gallery
  • Visit the Gynaecomastia Surgery Information page.

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Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001124843 Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001190266 Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon MED0001052799 Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001405964 Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday - Friday.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.

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