Gynecomastia – Male Breast Reduction
Gynaecomastia, also known as ‘man boobs’, is a common problem experienced by men across Australia. This condition occurs when female like breast tissue develops, causing enlarged and fatty tissue over the pectorals. This can occur in men of any age or weight, and is usually caused by an imbalance of hormones that cause the breasts to develop.
As this in an increase in the size of male breast tissue and not just fat, gynecomastia cannot be solved through exercise, diet or other forms of weight loss. However, we recommend patients attempt to lose weight prior to considering surgery, as some cases are “psuedo-gynecomastia” – a relatively common condition where males have excess subcutaneous body fat in the chest region without actual enlarged breast glands, often associated with being overweight.
By losing weight, it is possible to determine if the gynecomastia must be removed via surgery, or if there are non-surgical options to minimise the condition.
The Benefits of Male Breast Reduction Surgery
At Sculpt we are able to effectively eliminate the appearance of gynecomastia in men. By utilising a typical breast reduction, not dissimilar to the reductions we perform on women, our surgeons are able to flatten the chest for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Some men report having pain and irritation from gynecomastia, along with general tenderness and some nipple discharge. Listed below are some of the benefits of having male breast reduction surgery.
- Improved aesthetics
- Reduced pain and tenderness
- Boost confidence
- Balanced and symmetrical chest
Sculpt Surgery offers gynecomastia consultations at our Nedlands, Belmont and Joondalup clinics. Here our expert surgeons will discuss your surgery options, expectations and potential risks, as well as provide more information on the recovery process.
As male breast reduction is an elective medical procedure, you will need to be physically fit and active, have a balanced diet, be of sound emotional / mental health, and have realistic expectations in order to be considered suitable.
Recovery from Male Breast Reduction
Most people tolerate this procedure very well, and will be able to go home after the surgery without any prolonged post-surgical hospital admission or monitoring.
We recommend you take 1 to 2 weeks off work to recover, or longer if your job involves heavy physical activity. Your surgeon will be able to give you a personalised estimate that fits your lifestyle.
It is critical to not use the chest muscles for physical activity for at least 2 weeks after the surgery. Light exercise is generally okay after this period, however every patient is different and you should adhere to the advice of your surgeon.
If you would like to find out more about our breast reduction procedure please do not hesitate to book an appointment at our Perth cosmetic clinic by contacting us.