Male Breast Reduction
Technically known as Gynaecomastia, enlarged male breasts is a condition that is quite common and can be treated effectively by surgery. Dr Patrick Briggs offers male breast reduction procedures that offer you peace of mind and improve your physical appearance. Contact us today for a discrete consultation.
All men have some breast tissue. A few, unfortunately, have an excessive amount and in some cases, male breast sizes are the equivalent of a woman’s C-cup. Occasionally this is due to a hormone imbalance. In most instances, there are no detectable abnormalities on blood tests or clinical examination.
Whether it’s due to an abnormality or not, this condition causes men a great deal of embarrassment. Many adults and school-going boys forego swimming and sunbathing to avoid taking their shirts off. Older boys may even play truant rather than subject themselves to physical education classes if they are required to shower afterwards.
No amount of exercise or diet will solve this problem. However, Gynaecomastia surgery removes excess tissue and can permanently restore a male chest to its natural appearance.
Your surgeon will ask you about your general medical history and any previous surgeries. He’ll enquire about any long-term medication you might be taking, including vitamins and supplements. For example, some body builders take anabolic steroids, which can lead to male breasts. Before planning your procedure, we need to determine your current level of fitness and discuss your goals.
The Gynaecomastia treatment plan will be explained to you and you will be advised of the surgical procedure. We will describe the scars post-surgery, and what you can expect after the treatment.
Male breast reductions are carried out under general anaesthesia and can be done as a day op, or you can opt for one night in a Perth hospital.
The procedure may be done in one of two ways:
- The surgeon may make a half moon incision around or below the areola, and cut away the unwanted breast tissue.
- Alternatively, he may choose to eliminate the excess tissue using specially designed Lipoplasty equipment. This technique allows him to break up and draw off excess breast tissue through a fine cannula under a high vacuum. Because this strategy requires only a small wound toward the armpit or under the nipple, there is virtually no scarring. The advent of ultrasound assisted liposuction, has brought about substantial improvements in our ability to contour the male breast.
Sometimes the two techniques are combined. In all cases, surgery continues until the area is flat and normal in appearance.
Bleeding after male breast reductions is rare, however, as a precaution a drainage tube may be used, which is then removed the morning after your surgery.
As you recover, there are some things you should expect:
- Bruising and swelling are normal after man boob surgery, and may last a week or more. Due to swelling, hardness or lumpiness within the tissues, this can persist for a month or longer.
- You will experience some discomfort; however, you will be given prescription painkillers to make you more comfortable. If you do not find your pain medication effective enough, please call the surgeon’s office. Do not take aspirin as it can promote bleeding.
- You can be confident that your breast tissue will never grow back, however, the swelling may take as much as six to nine months to settle.
- Depending on your occupation and the method used by your surgeon you may return to work after one or two weeks. Lifting must be avoided for about 14 days.
- You will need to avoid swimming and sports, particularly contact sports, for at least a month. Less strenuous exercise, such as walking, is recommended.
- Infection after male breast surgery is uncommon. Should it occur, your surgeon will prescribe a course of antibiotics.
In some cases, where only liposuction was used, a second operation is required to remove tissue that could not be removed by suction, but this is quite rare. This situation may not manifest itself until all the swelling from your first procedure has settled.
If you feel that you need to address your Gynaecomastia, please contact Dr Patrick Briggs. Our consultations are discrete.