Male Breast Reduction Surgery for Gynaecomastia: Plastic Surgery
Gynaecomastia surgery medical definition: Gynaecomastia surgery is a form of male breast reduction surgery. It aims to help men attain a flatter-looking, firmer chest contour. It involves liposuction and/or excisions to reduce excess skin or protruding tissues or fat deposits that have accumulated in the chest or breast area of men. Causes of gynaecomastia are varied and may include hormonal changes, obesity, substance use, androgen or testosterone imbalances, medication side effects and illnesses.
Causes of Gynaecomastia may include:
- hormonal changes that often occur with adolescence
- genetics (ethnicity or abnormality)
- increased levels of estrogen
- decreased or lacking testosterone
- androgen imbalances
- chronic kidney or liver disease
- HIV infection
- Chronic illnesses
- Over-use of certain drugs (like cannabis/marijuana, Anabolic steroids or alcohol)
- obesity and weight fluctuation
It’s important to aim to understand the causes of GYNAECOMASTIA before you schedule surgery.
- Your Surgeon may arrange some tests to assess potential underlying illnesses if these are suspected of influencing the appearance of your chest or nipple area.
- Some men have more than two nipples (3 nipples or more) and this can also be surgically adjusted if required or desired.
Get a guide book to read more about this procedure including surgery recovery, scars and different methods for reducing puffy-looking male breast tissues.
Whilst nearly any man can develop Gynaecomastia, the most common incidences of “man boobs” tend to develop most noticeably during:
- periods of adolescence
- situations of weight gain or substance use
- medication side effects
- health problems or chromosomal variances
- hormonal changes that are common in the middle to later years of life
You can be SUPER fit and still have puffy looking breasts or nipples. If you want to find out if you are a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery. Or you would like to rule out different links to your moobs. Find out your options with a confidential consultation with a Plastic Surgeon.
More men are seeking Male Breast Reduction plastic surgery to get a flatter, more masculine looking upper body.
Are you a good candidate for Gynaecomastia Surgery?
- Are you embarrassed by your “man boobs”?
- Do you wish you could wear tight fitting shirts again or the latest slimline shirt fashions?
- Are you afraid to take your shirt off in front of someone you’re wanting to impress?
- Do you hate summer because you’re uncomfortable going shirtless or topless?
Gynaecomastia Surgery Procedures – Liposuction and Excision Methods Explained
The often dreaded “man boobs” condition is related to over-developed or enlarged, fatty breast tissues in men.
Gynaecomastia affects a number of men at different stages of their lifetimes. Some can experience it during their adolescence. Others can experience it in their 30’s, 40’s or 50’s with related weight gain or hormonal fluctuations. This usually leaves them with a more ‘feminine’ chest appearance.
Male Breast Reduction surgery is often the answer for male breasts that protrude. They can look enlarged to the point the individual feels uncomfortable.
If your male breasts visibly protrude through your clothing, you may want to consider Male Breast Reduction Surgery.
What types of Surgeons or Doctors perform Male Breast Surgery for Gynaecomastia?
Several surgeons may offer this procedure, but it’s best to choose a FRACS qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon who has adequate training and credentials.
Look for FRACS membership as a Specialist (versus a GP or skin disease doctor) and look for ISAPS, ASPS or ASAPS memberships.
Good Surgeons often have hospital operating privileges in actual hospitals and are able to use general anaesthetic; less trained/less credentialled surgeons tend to ONLY operate in clinic back rooms with awake surgery methods (twilight anaesthetic) which can be an unwelcome prospect for patients as well as potentially risky should something not go to plan or should sterilisation not be properly monitored.
Hospitals and Plastic Surgeons for Male Breast Reduction
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Dr Sackelariou – FRACS Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Dr Barnett – FRACS Specialist Plastic Surgeon
What is recovery like after plastic surgery for reduction of male breasts?
- Allow for about 1 to 2 weeks off of normal duties (2 weeks is typical) and you may be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks or months to help you get good results.
- No heavy lifting or heavy exercising for several weeks as your Surgeon will advise.
- Read the Surgery guide
Why do Men sometimes want Male Breast Reduction Surgery (Plastic Surgery or Liposuction to flatten the chest area)?
Many men who have “man boobs” may get embarrassed by them. If this sounds like you, you’re likely sick and tired of having ‘man boobs’. You may be ready to explore your male breast reduction options.
- Sometimes called moobs, the condition of Gynecomastia leaves males with enlarged or protruding breasts (the condition is also spelled Gynaecomastia)
- Undesired male breast protrusions can be a disturbing condition for many males. This is especially true if they are in their teen years when body image is everything
- Older men who have suffered weight changes or hormonal deficiencies may also find they have larger male breasts. Many men over 40 or 50 complain about their ‘man boobs’ or ‘moobs’ and feel self-conscious about them.
- Having enlarged male breasts can impact how comfortable you feel in clothing.
- Our Male Breast Reduction specialist Plastic Surgeons see primarily two age groups and three types of males seeking treatment for ‘male boobs’:
- males in their teenage years who are embarrassed by the condition.
- men in their late forties or early-to-late fifties who want help restoring their lost chest firmness.
- men who have lost weight and have excess skin or fatty tissues in the chest area.
- body contouring patients who have experienced former obesity and significant weight loss.
Social Discomfort is a primary motivation for having breast reduction surgery
Gynaecomastia isn’t typically physically dangerous unless it’s a symptom of an underlying medical problem (some are listed below). But having enlarged “male breasts” is often linked with emotional and social discomfort.
- Having man boobs can leave a man feeling very self-conscious about his body. It can also significantly impair a man’s self-confidence and clothing choices.
- We live in a very warm climate. Being able to take your shirt off during summer could be important to you.
Some males may avoid certain physical activities, relationships or even physical intimacy because of their chest.
Male breast reduction is slowly becoming a popular surgery performed in Australia. Our love of pies, beer and other fat producing products can contribute towards the development of ‘moobs’. But even healthy, super fit men are troubled by ‘man boobs’. This can happen at different times in your life. It can also be caused by OTHER things than simply being overweight. There are hormonal change contributors and medication side effects or even supplements you take at the gym!
What causes man boobs?
Man boobs can result from a number of intertwined factors. It may be challenging to discover which ones are relevant to your condition. So make sure you speak with your Surgeon about suspected links or causes.
Gynaecomastia (Male Breasts that are enlarged) is characterised by:
- Excess localised fat in the chest region near the nipples
- Surplus glandular tissue development
- An overflow of breast skin
Is Gynaecomastia one-sided or both sides
- Enlarged male breast tissues can be present in one breast (unilaterally) or both breasts (bilaterally)
- The condition is often more noticeable in people who are carrying excess weight
- But protruding breast tissue in males can occur even in otherwise-slim and super-fit individuals
- You should do some research on gym supplements if you have a concern they may be one of the contributing factors as there are numerous supplements people take and don’t always recognise the potential side effects (search MAYO clinic site for contributing factors for Gynaecomastia).
If you have excess fat and skin of the breast or have concerns about the size and shape of your nipple-areolar complex, you may feel the condition has left you with a feminising effect of your chest appearance.
Surgery can help you get a flatter, firmer-looking chest and reduce the puffiness look of the nipple area.
Does the condition of Gynaecomastia resolve on its own?
Sometimes the condition will resolve on its own. It’s important to understand your options if you have persistently enlarged male breasts. If other approaches have failed to yield results, then surgery may be an option for you to consider. It has risks as any surgery does but it has relatively low downtime compared to most other body contouring surgeries, and scars can typically be minimised by a really great Surgeon (as long as you follow all post-surgery instructions carefully).
Surgery can help reduce the appearance of Man Boobs (Moobs) and protruding breast tissue (Gynaecomastia)
There are several available techniques to help overcome the condition of excess or protruding male breast tissue.
Many male patients have been very happy with the results of combination liposuction procedures along with direct excision of any sub-areolar glandular elements, with or without areola reduction, to help them achieve a more-masculine looking chest and reduce their enlarged male breasts.
Want to end your “man-boobs” body embarrassment and feel freer to wear slimmer-fitting clothing on top?
Our leading Melbourne Plastic Surgeons can help!*
Several of our experienced Plastic Surgeons in Melbourne, Victoria are experts in performing male breast reduction, including Dr Geoff Barnett 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. A female breast reduction is a much more complex procedure than male breast reduction.
Many men enjoy the freedom of being topless during summer after surgery. Other aspects of your life can also improve after breast reduction surgery. This is because CONFIDENCE is contagious and powerful. There are no guarantees it will improve your life and results vary from patient to patient, but it can often improve your chest appearance and leave you feeling more body-confident or ‘chest proud.’
Our Plastic Surgeons operate at many Accredited Major Hospitals in Australia. They choose to use only experienced Anaesthetists and a top team of Surgical Support staff. Choose our leading Surgeons for patient care excellence and surgical expertise.
All male Plastic Surgery enquiries and consultations are confidential.
Surgery is a serious solution to any physical concern and should not be taken lightly. Whilst performed in accredited hospitals using the best-practice methods of safety and Anaesthesia, the operation is considered safe for suitable patients in good health. But all surgery has risks and variances in results between patients. Your Surgeon will discuss these during your consultation. You can also read more under our FAQ pages.
Complementary Procedures for Men who want to improve or harmonise their appearance
Please ask your Plastic Surgeon (or a patient care Coordinator) about the procedures you are considering.
Whilst combined surgery is not overly common, it may be for post-weight loss patients wanting body contouring. Consider the procedures you are wanting to explore, attend a consultation and provide your medical history. You will need to take into account your Surgeon’s assessment of what procedure(s) will help you get the best results.
NEXT STEPS on your Surgical Journey to a Flatter-Looking Chest
Visit our FAQ pages, learn more about your procedure, and arrange to come to our clinic to view BEFORE & AFTER photo galleries or to hear about patient experience stories.
How to Book your Initial Consultation for Surgery for Gynaecomastia
- Email us or Call on (03) 8849 1444 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment
- A referral from a GP is helpful but NOT essential. You can have a consultation without a GP Referral
- Schedule a confidential consultation with your selected Specialist Plastic Surgeon by paying the $200 booking fee.
What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation
- You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
Want more information?
- Request more information about the procedure – call or contact us
- Book a Complimentary Nurse Consultation (FREE)
- Organise a phone call with Patient Coordinator (FREE)
- Attend our Regular Practice Events and hear from our Specialist Surgeons and their top support team (FREE)
- Organise a Skype call consultation with a Surgeon (available for Interstate patients)
- Speak with a past patient that has had the procedure – call or contact us
- Browse our Frequently Asked Questions including how to choose a Surgeon for your procedure
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