Gynecomastia is a condition that can affect men of all ages. Men experiencing gynecomastia tend to develop enlarged breasts with the presence of excess glandular tissue. Often referred to as 'man boobs,' they can cause significant physical discomfort and feelings of being self-conscious.
You will need to wait up to six weeks after your gynecomastia procedure for your results to begin appearing. We will take post-operative photos at the six-week mark to assess your surgical progress, however, it may take up to three to six months for your final results to appear. For optimal results, ensure that you carefully follow your surgeon’s pre-operative and post-operative instructions.
After your male breast reduction, you will be able to enjoy an increased sense of self-confidence, thanks to your firmer, more masculine chest.
What is Gynecomastia or “Man Boobs”?
Often referred to as man boobs, gynecomastia is a condition characterised by the swelling of breast tissue in both boys and men. Hormonal imbalance is typically the primary reason behind gynecomastia. When the hormone estrogen overtakes testosterone in the male body, unwanted breast enlargement can occur. Gynecomastia generally affects both breasts evenly; however, some men can develop an asymmetrical distribution of fat and gland. This can cause one breast to be subtly or considerably larger than the other.
In the majority of men, gynecomastia is a harmless cosmetic condition. In fact, this temporary hormonal imbalance may resolve on its own without requiring any treatment. You should see a medical professional right away, however, if you develop breast enlargement in combination with inflammation, discharge or pain. Fortunately, you have many gynecomastia treatment options available in Adelaide.
Vaser Liposuction offers a permanent solution for gynecomastia.
At Cosmos Clinic, we’ve had an excellent success and safety record in treating gynecomastia using Vaser Liposuction. We perform hundreds of male breast reduction surgeries with Vaser every year, helping men regain their self-esteem and more positive body image. Once any serious health conditions have been ruled out, Vaser Liposuction is a less invasive cosmetic surgery technique that can improve the appearance of excess fat in the male breast area.
Many male patients are happy to learn that the results of gynecomastia surgery are long-lasting. With this technique, we can remove all the glandular tissue and excess fat, ensuring that the excess breast tissue is gone permanently.
What happens during gynecomastia surgery?
Many surgeons consider the male chest to be a complex area to perform traditional liposuction, comparing it to breaking a “brick of fat” into tiny pieces. At Cosmos Clinic Adelaide, we use Vaser liposuction, which makes it easier to extract male breast tissue and fat cells. Our Vaser liposuction technique is designed to separate the fat cells from the fibrous tissue, changing that brick consistency to that of melted butter.
Once you have been sedated, your surgeon will inject a saline solution mixed with a local anaesthetic into the chest, which aims to keep you numb and comfortable during the process. A small incision will be made in the chest, through which the Vaser ultrasound probe is inserted to break up the fatty tissue. As the fat is broken up, your surgeon will use a cannula to suction both fat cells and glandular tissue out of the chest. After surgery, some of the saline and anaesthetic fluid will remain in the body to numb any post-procedural pain and be absorbed within a few days.
Once you have had gynecomastia surgery, it will be much harder to put on fat in the chest, and the removed glandular tissue and fat cells will never return.
Benefits of a Male Breast Reduction
Achieve a more masculine chest: A male breast reduction uses liposuction techniques to remove glandular tissue and excess fat from the chest, creating a more masculine appearance. After surgery, you will have a flatter, firmer chest.
Fit into your clothes better: Many men with gynecomastia attempt to hide their man boobs by wearing unflattering oversized clothing. Following surgery, you should feel comfortable showing off your new chest contour with more flattering clothing and may even have the confidence to take your shirt off at the gym or beach.
Relieve skin irritation, chafing and rashes: Men with gynecomastia often experience rashes, chafing and skin irritation when exercising, as their excess folds of skin rub together. Reducing this unwanted fat and tissue can alleviate this discomfort and make it easier to enjoy an active lifestyle.
Increase your self-confidence: It’s common for men with gynecomastia to feel self-conscious about their appearance, sometimes to the point that they feel depressed, anxious and go out of their way to avoid social activities and events. Gynecomastia correction can resolve such feelings and restore your self-esteem.
What can I expect during my gynecomastia surgery recovery?
Male breast reduction requires minimal downtime, with most patients returning home on the same day as their procedure. Some swelling and bruising are to be expected, and any pain can be relieved with medication prescribed by your surgeon. Overall, the recovery period is relatively easy, and most patients can return to work within two to three days.
After surgery, you will need to wear a compression garment for three to six weeks to reduce swelling and improve skin retraction. We may also suggest that you visit the clinic for post-op lymphatic massages performed by our onsite physiotherapist or nurse. Typically, we recommend two to four treatments over a two week period.
Why choose Cosmos Clinic?
Over the last ten years, the Cosmos Clinic team have performed over 15,000 liposuction procedures. In fact, we were the first practice in New South Wales to own a Vaser Liposuction machine, which we use Australia-wide to treat man boobs. We now own more Vaser systems than anywhere else in the world!
If you aren’t an Adelaide local, Cosmos Clinic treats numerous interstate and international patients annually. As such, we have set procedures in place for patients travelling to our clinics for surgery. If you are considering travelling to Adelaide for gynecomastia surgery, please send us images of your chest and let us know where you’re located so that our team can include all the appropriate information for you in your personalised quote.
*Results may vary from patient to patient. **All photos are of patients from Cosmos Clinic, and all ‘after’ images are taken 6 weeks post operation.
How much does gynecomastia surgery cost in Adelaide?
At Cosmos Clinic, we understand that cost plays a huge role in our patient’s decision to undergo cosmetic surgery. However, gynecomastia surgery does not fit into a one price fits all strategy, meaning that costs will vary from patient to patient. The cost of your male breast reduction can be divided into the fees charged by your Cosmos Clinic surgeon, your anaesthetist and the hospital you have surgery in.
Surgeon’s fee: This is the fee your surgeon charges to perform the surgery and will depend on their experience and the complexity of your individual procedure.
Anaesthetist fee: This is the fee charged by your anaesthetist to administer your anaesthesia and can vary depending on their experience and the type of anaesthesia used.
Hospital fees: Your hospital fee will include both the time spent in the operating theatre and the time required to recover from anaesthesia.
At Cosmos Clinic Adelaide, our male breast reductions start at $5,500, however, your final cost can vary depending on the above factors. For the most accurate quote, please get in touch to organise a consultation with our surgeons.
What causes man boobs?
Men and women both have fat cells and breast tissue in the chest, which can swell and become breasts. Men can develop gynecomastia as a result of many factors, such as:
Obesity and weight changes
Certain diseases, such as chronic kidney or liver disease
Over-use of recreational drugs, such as anabolic steroids, marijuana and alcohol
Although men can develop gynecomastia at any stage of life, it is most common during adolescence and middle age. Man boobs are relatively common, although it is still a sensitive issue for many men. If you are deeply dissatisfied with the appearance of your chest, it may be time to consider a male breast reduction.
What is the difference between liposuction and surgical excision?
Gynecomastia surgery may involve liposuction, surgical excision or a combination of the two. At Cosmos Clinic, all of our gyno surgeries are performed using liposuction techniques.
Liposuction is best suited to patients whose man boobs are the result of excess fatty tissue. During your procedure, your surgeon will inject fluid into the breast tissue before making a small incision to insert a cannula. The cannula is then moved back and forth to dislodge the excess fat, which is then suctioned out of the body.
In cases where excess skin needs to be removed, or the areola and nipple need to be repositioned or removed, we can refer you to a surgeon who performs surgical excision. This procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and requires an incision around the nipple.
While the majority of men are suitable for liposuction, our surgeons will suggest the best approach for you during a consultation.
What is Vaser Liposuction?
At Cosmos Clinic Adelaide, we use Vaser for all of our liposuction procedures. VASER (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance) is the latest innovation in surgical liposuction and uses sound wave energy to dissolve and liquefy fat cells.
Regardless of technique, liposuction always follows the same process: fat deposits are broken up and suctioned out of the body using anaesthesia, saline solution and a cannula. Unlike other liposuction methods, Vaser uses ultrasound waves to generate heat, which efficiently breaks up fat cells for easy removal from the body.
Due to this, Vaser is regarded as more gentle and less invasive than traditional liposuction techniques. Since Vaser can remove fat without damaging the underlying tissue, it is ideal for sculpting the chest muscles. In addition, Vaser reduces swelling and improves healing times, meaning that you can show off your new chest contour sooner.
Am I a suitable candidate for a male breast reduction?
You may be a male breast reduction candidate if you fit the following criteria:
You are bothered or self-conscious by your enlarged breast tissue or “man boobs”
You have realistic expectations about what gynecomastia surgery can achieve
You are in good physical and mental health
You experience physical discomforts due to the size of your chest
Alternative medical treatments have been ineffective in treating your gynecomastia
You do not smoke or use recreational drugs
To best determine whether you are a suitable candidate for gyno surgery, we suggest meeting with our surgeons for a consultation at Cosmos Clinic Adelaide.
Do I need to be a certain age to have gyno surgery?
Many teenagers develop gynecomastia as a result of the hormonal fluctuations that occur during adolescence. However, we typically suggest that patients wait until turning 18 before considering surgery, as male breasts often go away on their own after puberty. In cases where gynecomastia is severe and seriously impacting a patient’s quality of life and self-confidence, having surgery at a younger age may be an option.
How do I know if my gynecomastia is caused by breast tissue or fat?
To know for certain, you will need to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis. As a general rule, breast tissue is firmer and denser in insistency than fat, although you may have both breast and fat tissue. Regardless, Vaser liposuction can remove both excess fat and glandular tissue to restore a more masculine appearance to the chest.
Is gynecomastia surgery suitable for massive weight loss patients?
Undergoing a massive weight loss journey is a massive accomplishment, however, it does change the body in many ways. Many men who have lost large amounts of weight find that they are left with stubborn pockets of fat that just don’t seem to budge, with the chest being a common problem area.
These fat deposits may leave you feeling unhappy with your weight loss efforts and negatively affect your self-esteem. If this is the case, gyno surgery can recontour the chest and help you achieve a firmer, more masculine appearance.
How do I prepare for my gyno surgery?
When you come in for a consultation at Cosmos Clinic, your surgeon will give you specific pre-operative instructions. If you smoke, you will need to quit at least two weeks prior to surgery, as smoking can delay healing and increase surgical complications. Additionally, your surgeon may suggest that you avoid taking certain medications and supplements that can cause excessive bleeding during surgery and recovery. We also recommend taking steps before surgery to prepare for recovery, such as purchasing some comfortable clothing, filling any prescriptions and preparing some healthy meals. You should also arrange for someone to pick you up from the hospital and help with tasks at home for a few days.
Is gynecomastia surgery painful?
Your male breast reduction will be performed under sedation and local anaesthesia, meaning that you should not experience any pain during the procedure. Any pain or discomfort felt during your recovery can be relieved with medication prescribed by your surgeon.
How long does the procedure take?
The amount of time spent in surgery will depend on the amount of fat and glandular tissue removed by your surgeon. As a general rule, you can expect your gyno surgery to take between one and three hours to complete.
What are the risks and side effects associated with a male breast reduction?
While Vaser is considered less risky than traditional liposuction, all invasive surgery comes with risks. Despite that, serious complications following gynecomastia surgery are rare, and we’ve performed thousands of male breast reductions at Cosmos Clinic without incident. Some of the potential side effects to be aware of include:
Pain and aching
Bruising and bleeding
Asymmetry of the chest
Changes in breast and nipple sensation
Fluid accumulation under the skin
When will I see my male breast reduction results?
While you may see an improvement in your chest contour immediately after surgery, you will need to wait for post-operative swelling to subside before your final results appear. This can take up to three to six months, meaning that your results will gradually improve over time.
How noticeable are gynecomastia scars?
While scarring may be an inevitable part of any invasive surgery, significant scarring after a male breast reduction is rare. This because liposuction incisions are only small and can be hidden in the natural contours of the chest.
Will my results be permanent?
Male breast reduction results are usually permanent, however, future weight gain, hormonal imbalances, or use of recreational drugs can cause new breast tissue to grow. With this in mind, you should aim to treat any underlying conditions causing your gynecomastia before opting for liposuction.
What can I do to maintain my gynecomastia results?
To ensure your gynecomastia results last for years to come, you should reach a sustainable goal weight before having surgery. This is because new weight loss can leave you with unflattering excess skin, while weight gain may cause your man boobs to return. You can maintain your weight (and your results) by leading a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a balanced diet. We also suggest that you avoid taking recreational drugs after surgery, as this can also cause gynecomastia to recur.