Male Breast (gynaecomastia)

Gynaecomastia Adelaide

Gynaecomastia surgery in Adelaide

Snap Shot

  • There are many cause of gynaecomastia, many of which are benign
  • Surgery is often performed as a day surgery procedure under general anaesthesia. For larger reductions, patients may stay 1 – 2 nights in hospital
  • Your recovery will take 2 – 4 weeks and you would be required to wear a garment for 8 weeks in total

Often embarrassingly referred to as “Man Boobs”, gynaecomastia is surprisingly common. It most frequently presents in young men during puberty. This condition is benign and often resolves in early adulthood. However, in some cases, the changes are dramatic and persistent warranting consideration of a plastic surgical solution.

There are other causes of gynaecomastia including obesity, decreasing testosterone levels in older men, the use of performance-enhancing drugs, marijuana as well as a number of less common medical conditions and medications.

Gynaecomastia can be embarrassing and can affect body image and confidence. The psychosocial effects can be mild or deeply negative and far-reaching, especially for a young developing man trying to establish identity. In part, it stems from the fear of being persecuted by peers and in part from being embarrassed by the appearance, which in some cases can be dramatic and quite asymmetric.

Gynaecomastia treatment is based on the cause. For many, no cause is found and a surgical remedy needs to be considered.  Surgery can range from liposuction alone or in conjunction with removal of skin and breast tissue. The technique will depend on the volume of breast present, the position of the nipple, the amount of actual breast tissue and the symmetry of the breasts.

Surgery is undertaken in a major hospital as a day case or short stay under a general anaesthesia. You will be required to purchase some post-operative firm fitting garments that help with the healing and shaping process.

Many of the techniques will leave a scar and changes in sensation to the nipple, while other surgical risks such as bleeding or infection are rare. Dr Lam suggests that you take 1 -2 weeks off work and approximately 4-6 weeks off intensive exercise. Dr Lam will review you in the post-operative period to guide you through wound and scar management strategies.

Gynaecomastia is a condition that qualifies for a Medicare rebate and private health insurance cover. As of November 1st 2018, the Medicare item numbers have changed, please contact us to find out about these changes. It is important that you consult your private health fund to clarify whether you will qualify for a rebate.

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss in more detail the possibility of surgery for gynaecomastia, please contact Dr Quoc Lam at Cranford House Plastic Surgery.