Gynecomastia is a condition that causes breast tissue enlargement in boys and men. People jokingly call them 'man boobs' although excess glandular tissue can be a source of embarrassment, depression and anxiety for men of all ages. It's estimated that approximately half of boys going through puberty and up to two-thirds of men over 50 will experience some degree of gynecomastia.
Breast enlargement in men can happen when the balance between testosterone and oestrogen in your body is thrown off. All boys are born with a small amount of breast tissue that’s similar to women. Normally a dominant secretion of testosterone in a man’s body keeps the breast tissue in check. When men’s bodies make less testosterone, the presence of oestrogen can cause male breast tissue to swell. Gynecomastia normally affects both breasts equally although one side can sometimes become larger than the other.
If your hormonal imbalance doesn’t resolve on its own, and your breast enlargement is accompanied by swelling, inflammation, discharge or pain, see a doctor right away. Fortunately, you have many gynecomastia treatment options available in the Canberra area.
Vaser Liposuction removes ‘man boobs’
Vaser treatment for gynecomastia is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure that targets breast tissue with ultrasonic (sound) energy. At Cosmos Clinic, this technique has been extremely successful at eradicating anywhere from90 -100% of glandular tissue and excess chest fat. In fact, this treatment offers male patients a one-stop, permanent solution for ‘man boobs.’
We can also combine male breast reduction surgery with high def Vaser, a procedure that can give your entire chest and abdomen area a more defined and sculpted appearance. Each year, we help hundreds of men regain their self-esteem by enhancing their masculine physique.
*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.
What causes gynaecomastia?
Many factors can trigger a hormonal imbalance that causes male breast to grow. The following are some conditions that can disrupt your hormone levels:
Pharmaceutical medications: anti-androgens, attention deficit drugs, anabolic steroids, androgens, HIV medications, anti-depressants, certain antibiotics, cancer medications, heart treatment, alcohol and certain street drugs.
Other health conditions: obesity, aging, hypogonadism, hypothyroidism, tumours, kidney and liver failure.
What can I expect from male breast reduction surgery in Adelaide?
Gynaecomastia surgery is performed under light sedation in our state-of-the art private hospital. After prepping the treatment site, a saline solution is injected to numb the area, followed by a small incision to allow a cannula (blunt tip instrument) to be inserted. Once the cannula enters the body, it emits ultrasound energy which liquefies fat cells before being removed. Your cosmetic surgeon then carefully and precisely sculpts your chest for a more defined appearance.
Are there any side-effects with gynecomastia surgery?
A big advantage of Vaser Liposuction is that it’s extremely safe. Since it’s performed under light sedation and not general anaesthetic, patients are less likely to develop complications. It’s also much less invasive than traditional liposuction, reducing the incidence of bruising, swelling and having an uneven or lumpy result.
I live in Sydney, do you have a location in my area?
Yes, we have Cosmos Clinics located throughout Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Canberra.
How soon can I go back to work?
Vaser Liposuction is an outpatient procedure with minimal downtime. You’ll be provided with pain medication and compression garment, and sent home the same day. You’ll be able to return to work within a couple of days. You’ll be able to resume your exercise regime after about a week.
What is the cost of Vaser male breast reduction?
Vaser Liposuction for man boobs can vary from patient to patient. The starting cost of male breast reduction is $3000 and it goes up from there. During your initial consultation we’ll provide you with an exact quote and full treatment information.
Am I a good candidate for male breast surgery?
Vaser Liposuction can offer you permanent male breast reduction. If you exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet, but still find yourself developing excess male breast tissue, then we encourage you to book a consultation with one of our gynecomastia specialists.