Gynaecomastia, sometimes referred to as “man boobs”, is a medical condition characterised by the excess growth of male breast tissue, usually in combination with increased fatty tissue in the chest area of men.
Men have fat cells and breast tissue in their chests, just like women. Excess breast tissue, or “man boobs”, can develop due to multiple factors, including:
Significant weight gain and weight loss fluctuations
Overuse of recreational drugs, alcohol, and performance enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids
Certain prescription medications
Chronic medical conditions such as, liver or kidney disease
While men of any age can develop gynaecomastia, it is more common in adolescent teens through to middle-aged men. If you are concerned with the appearance of your chest area, the first step is to organise a consultation at our Gold Coast clinic to discuss your concerns further.
Am I a candidate for gynaecomastia surgery?
The following indicators are just a guide and do not guarantee suitability:
You are bothered by excess breast tissue or enlarged “man boobs”.
You have stubborn excess fat in your chest area that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise.
Your nipples and areola appear puffy with a spongey, bouncy feel when pressed.
You have good quality skin tone and elasticity.
You have realistic expectations about the outcome and results that can be achieved.
To determine if you’re a candidate for liposuction male breast reduction surgery, please contact our Gold Coast clinic to book your initial consultations.
How much does male breast reduction surgery cost?
We know that cost is a significant factor in the decision to undergo a male breast reduction with Vaser Liposuction. The price of cosmetic surgery varies, and an exact price will be discussed and given to you during the initial consultations. Our gynaecomastia procedures are performed using Vaser Liposuction, and the cost starts from $5,500 for the base price, with additional areas of liposuction charged at a reduced rate starting from a minimum $2,000. A quote for your individual needs will always be provided to you during your initial consultations. The total cost of surgery can also include the following fees:
Surgery fee: Your doctor’s fee can vary depending on factors including, the number of areas being treated and the complexity of your procedure.
Anaesthetic fee: The anaesthetist’s fee is calculated depending on the type of anaesthesia being used and the time spent in theatre.
Hospital fees: If applicable, it will be discussed with you during your initial consultations if an additional hospital fee is relevant to you.
What is Vaser Liposuction?
At Cosmos Aesthetics Gold Coast located in Southport QLD, all our liposuction procedures including gynaecomastia surgery are performed using Vaser Liposuction.
Vaser Liposuction utilises heat generating ultrasound energy waves, to efficiently break apart and liquefy fat cells, making extraction and removal easier. The unwanted fatty tissue is suctioned out of the body through a cannula, using a combination of a local anaesthetic tumescent numbing solution made with saline and IV sedation. General anaesthesia is also available for suitable patients that require deeper IV sedation. Individual results using Vaser liposuction will vary so it’s important to speak to our doctors to set realistic expectations.
How do I prepare for male breast reduction surgery?
During your gynaecomastia consultations, the doctor will give you detailed pre and post-operative information to prepare for your surgical procedure, as well as tailored instructions specific to your personalise needs and individual circumstances. A comprehensive list of instructions is provided, including fasting instructions, what to expect during recovery, and the clothes to wear on the day of surgery. You will be discharged wearing your compression garments and a responsible adult must collect you for from the hospital and stay with you overnight and all the following day.
How long does liposuction for “man boobs” take?
The time spent in theatre for gynaecomastia surgery is largely dependent on the amount of fat and glandular tissue your doctor needs to remove, combined with the specific individual requirements which vary patient to patient. In most cases, a male breast reduction procedure can take between one to three hours, depending on the unique needs of the patient, and if any other areas on the body are also being treated.
How painful is the procedure?
A male breast reduction at Cosmos Aesthetics is performed using Vaser Liposuction under IV sedation with local anaesthetic numbing solution. However, general anaesthetic may also be used, depending on needs of the individual. If this applies to you, any additional anaesthetist fees will be discussed at your initial consultations.
After surgery, a compression garment will be fitted to reduce swelling, support skin retraction, and aid with healing. During the recovery period from cosmetic surgery, you may be prescribed medications by your doctor that can help to alleviate any pain or discomfort caused by the procedure.
When will I notice the results from gynaecomastia surgery?
Most patients can see an improvement in the treated chest area immediately after gynaecomastia surgery. However, there will be post-operative swelling which fluctuates over the weeks post-surgery. To reduce swelling and support optimal healing, the compression garment must be worn as directed throughout the recovery period. Your results will improve gradually and become more noticeable over the next three to six months, as residual swelling continues to subside following your surgery procedure.
Will I have noticeable scars after surgery?
Scarring is an inevitable part of any invasive procedure, but it is rare to experience significant post-surgery scarring from the small incision sites. To minimise the risk of obvious scarring from male breast reduction surgery, scar management instructions will be given to you by your doctor. Depending on the individual, most scars fade over time.
What can I do to maintain my male breast reduction results?
To get the most out of your gynaecomastia results, you should reach a maintainable healthy weight for your height and age before your surgical procedure. Weight loss after cosmetic surgery may result in loose excess skin, and weight gain may cause your “man boobs” to recur. Healthy lifestyle choices, such as regular exercise and diet, can help to maintain your results however other factors may influence the appearance of your chest long-term. We also advise against taking recreational drugs and performance enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids after your male breast reduction, these can cause an enlargement of the glandular tissue in your chest area to return. Further liposuction and cosmetic procedures may be needed to correct reoccurrence, or you may require corrective plastic surgery under general anaesthesia with a plastic surgeon.
What are the risks and side effects of liposuction gynaecomastia surgery?
Every invasive procedure has risks and potential complications which must be considered. Potential side effects experienced after male breast reduction surgery can include the following:
Bruising and bleeding
Pain and tenderness
Noticeable and persistent swelling
Asymmetry of the chest
Poor scarring and a changed appearance of the nipples
Fibrosis scar tissue and skin irregularities
Changes to breast and areola sensitivity including numbness and pins and needles
Possible need for further revisions or reconstructive surgery
Is this procedure an option after weight loss?
Losing a significant amount of weight is an incredible achievement. However, men who have experienced massive weight loss, are often left with unwanted fat deposits, including in their chest area.
Pockets of residual fat leftover post weight loss can be challenging, but for suitable candidates, a male breast reduction using Vaser Liposuction can address this common concern.
What is the right age to undergo gynaecomastia surgery?
Excess breast tissue can develop in male teens due to natural hormonal fluctuations that occur during adolescence. As male breasts often resolve without intervention following puberty, we often recommend patients wait until they are 18 or older before undergoing gynaecomastia surgery. However, every case is different and will depend on individual circumstances. During the initial consultations, a Cosmos Aesthetics doctor will discuss your result goals and help set realistic expectations.
What is the difference between liposuction and surgical excision?
Gynaecomastia can be treated using liposuction, surgical excision, or a combination of both. We perform all of our male breast reductions at our Gold Coast clinic with liposuction.
Liposuction is an effective choice when gynaecomastia is the result of unwanted fatty tissue. Your doctor will make a small incision and use an ultrasound probe to dislodge the excess fat, before suctioning it out with a cannula. If there is excess skin to remove, or your areola needs to be reduced, we will refer you for plastic surgery of a surgical excision performed under general anaesthetic by a plastic surgeon.
Although most men achieve their desired results with liposuction, our doctors will recommend the best surgical procedure choice for you.
How can I tell if my gynaecomastia is caused by fat or breast tissue?
A doctor will examine your breast area in person, but as a general rule, breast tissue has a firmer, denser consistency than fat, with a combination of both breast tissue and fatty tissue being the most common.
Organise your consultations at our Gold Coast clinic
For an accurate diagnosis, we encourage all interested patients from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and QLD, to book your initial consultations at our Gold Coast clinic. A referral from your GP is also required prior to your first consultation at Cosmos Aesthetics.
For patients living in other areas of Australia or overseas, Cosmos Aesthetic clinics are also conveniently located in Sydney NSW, Canberra ACT, and Adelaide SA.
Please contact your clinic of choice for help on how to get started with your liposuction enquiries today!
*Results may vary from patient to patient. **All photos are of patients from Cosmos Aesthetics, and all ‘after’ images are taken 6 weeks post operation.