Gynecomastia is medical condition that’s characterised by an excessive amount of breast gland tissue in males. It’s very common in adult men, adolescent boys going through puberty, and even newborns have been known to develop enlarged breast tissue. It’s caused primarily by an imbalance of the hormone testosterone, which is lower in relation to estrogen.
In most cases gynecomastia affects both breasts evenly; however, sometimes it can create an asymmetry (one side larger than the other). For the most part, gynecomastia is a benign hormone condition that clears up on its own. If you’re a man experiencing gynecomastia you should seek medical treatment if your Gynecomastia persists longer than one year, or if you develop swelling, discharge, pain or tenderness in the breast area.
Why choose Gynecomastia surgery, Gold Coast?
Typical cosmetic treatment for Gynecomastia is liposuction. With the male chest, however, it can be challenging to separate fat cells from the tough fibrous breast tissue. Vaser liposuction gets around this problem by using ultrasound energy to liquefy stubborn fat tissue first before permanently extracting it with suction.
This minimally-invasive procedure is performed under light sedation and in combination with local anaesthesia. Patients can normally go home the same day. There’s also less downtime, bruising and swelling than with traditional liposuction.
Am I a good candidate for Gynecomastia surgery?
You’re an ideal candidate for Gynecomastia surgery if you meet the following criteria:
You are bothered by your enlarged breast tissue or “man-boobs.”
You have stubborn fat in your breasts that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise.
You’re in good health and don’t suffer from a life-threatening medical condition.
You have realistic expectations about the outcome of your procedure.
You are within 30% of your ideal body weight.
You have good muscle and skin tone.
How is the treatment performed?
Vaser liposuction involves making tiny incisions (usually in a location that is not highly visible, such as under an arm), then injecting a tumescent solution which contains a local anaesthetic. This is followed by inserting a thin ultrasound-emitting probe to break down the fat cells in the chest area first followed by their removal with liposuction. Ultrasound energy has an added benefit of stimulating the contraction of collagen fibers and the production of firmer, healthier skin.
What to expect after the procedure
It’s normal to experience some swelling, bruising and soreness after your Gynecomastia surgery. The recovery period is relatively quick, only 2-3 days. You’ll be required to wear a compressions garment for 3-6 weeks post-surgery to promote healing, skin retraction and reduce swelling/bruising. Lymphatic massage may be recommended for the next 2-4 weeks to assist with the healing process.
How much does the procedure cost?
Vaser Liposuction for Gynecomastia starts from $5,500
Initial consultation is between $150 – $220
What are the causes of Gynecomastia?
These include but are not limited to the following:
Obesity or being overweight
Testicular or prostate cancer
Anabolic steroid drug use
Liver or kidney disease
How do I prepare for my Gynecomastia male breast reduction surgery?
Your doctor will discuss with you all the pre- and post-operative instructions. Here are some facts and things to avoid before your surgery:
Stop taking NSID’s (pain meds such as Ibuprofen) several days before surgery. These are blood thinners that can promote excessive bleeding, bruising and swelling.
Refrain from drinking alcohol for at least a week prior to surgery.
Smoking should be avoided a week before and several weeks post-surgery.
You will need someone to take you home after as you may be drowsy from the sedation.
How can I tell if my Gynecomastia is caused by fat or breast tissue?
To know for sure, your doctor will need to examine you for a proper diagnosis. As a general rule, breast tissue has a firmer and denser consistency than fat. If the breast is particularly large, you may have both breast and fat tissue. In any case, Vaser liposuction can remove excess fat and gland, restoring a more masculine appearance to the area.
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*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.