Gynecomastia is a 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.
Following surgery, it may take up to six weeks for your results to begin to appear. After six weeks, we will take post-operative photos to assess your surgical progress, although it may take between three and six months for your final results to become fully apparent. To achieve the best possible results, you will need to carefully follow your doctor’s pre-operative and post-operative instructions.
Following surgery, you can expect a firmer, more masculine chest, which can do wonders in restoring confidence and body image.
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. Gynecomastia is usually the result of an imbalance of sex hormones.
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 you develop swelling, discharge, pain, or tenderness in the breast area.
Vaser Liposuction offers a permanent solution for gynecomastia.
If gynecomastia is causing you embarrassment and affecting your self-esteem, you may want to consider Vaser Liposuction. One major benefit of gynecomastia surgery with Vaser Liposuction is that it can successfully remove all glandular tissue. For most men, both the gland nor the excess fat are unlikely to come back, even in cases of weight gain to other areas.
The gynecomastia procedure
Male breasts are regarded as a complex area of the body to perform traditional liposuction, with some describing it as trying to break a “brick of fat” into tiny pieces. At Cosmos Clinic Gold Coast, we use Vaser Liposuction in all of our male breast reduction procedures, making it easier to extract fat cells and male breast tissue. Our Vaser technology works to change that brick consistency to that of melted butter by separating the fat cells from the fibrous tissue.
You will be sedated during your gynecomastia procedure. Once sedated, your doctor will inject a saline solution mixed with a local anaesthetic into the treated area, which works to keep you numb and comfortable during the procedure. Through a small incision made in the chest, your doctor will insert the Vaser ultrasound probe, which works to break up the fatty tissue. As it’s broken apart, your doctor will use a cannula to vacuum both fat cells and glandular tissue out of the chest. Some of the saline anaesthetic mix will remain in the body after surgery to numb any post-procedural pain, however, this will be absorbed within a few days.
Following surgery, neither the removed gland nor fat will ever return. It will also be much harder to put fat back on in the chest once your gynecomastia has been treated.
What to expect during male breast reduction recovery
Gynecomastia correction surgery requires minimal downtime, and most patients return home on the same day as their procedure. While it’s normal to experience some swelling and bruising, you can relieve any pain with prescribed medication. Ultimately, the recovery period is relatively quick, with most patients returning to work within two to three days.
You’ll be required to wear a compression garment for three to six weeks after surgery to reduce swelling and improve skin retraction. We may also recommend coming into the clinic for post-op lymphatic massages, which our onsite physiotherapist or nurse will perform. This is usually two to four treatments over two weeks.
Benefits of Gynecomastia surgery
Achieve a more masculine chest: Gyno surgery using liposuction techniques removes excess fat and glandular tissue to create a more masculine chest. Following surgery, you can enjoy a flatter and firmer appearance.
Increase your self-confidence: Many men with gynecomastia are self-conscious about their appearance, often to the point that they are depressed, anxious and go out of their way to avoid social activities and events. Male breast reduction can resolve these negative feelings and restore self-confidence.
Fit into your clothes better: Oftentimes, men with gynecomastia wear unflattering baggy clothing in an attempt to hide their man boobs. After surgery, you’ll have the confidence to show off your new chest contour with better fitting clothing and may even be comfortable taking off your shirt at the gym or beach.
Relieve skin irritation, chafing and rashes: Men with gynecomastia frequently experience skin irritation, rashes and chafing when exercising due to their excess folds of skin rubbing together. Removing unwanted fat and tissue can relieve this irritation and make it easier to enjoy an active lifestyle.
Why choose Cosmos Clinic, Gold Coast?
In the last ten years, the team at Cosmos Clinic have performed over 20,000 liposuction and fat transfer procedures. We were the first practice in New South Wales to own a Vaser Liposuction machine, which we use Australia-wide to treat gynecomastia. In fact, we even own more Vaser systems than anywhere else in the world.
If you aren’t from the Gold Coast, we actually treat numerous interstate and international patients at Cosmos Clinic each year. Given this, we have set procedures in place for patients travelling to our clinics for surgery. If you are a travelling patient considering male breast reduction, please send us images of your chest and let us know which Cosmos Clinic you’d like surgery at and 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.
Am I a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery?
You may be the 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 don’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
You do not smoke or use recreational drugs
The best way to determine whether you are a candidate for gyno surgery is to meet with our doctors for a consultation at Cosmos Clinic Gold Coast.
How much does the procedure cost?
At Cosmos Clinic, we know that cost is a huge factor in our patient’s decision to have a male breast reduction. Unfortunately, this procedure does not fit into a one price fits all strategy. Instead, the cost of cosmetic surgery varies from patient to patient and can be broken up into the fees charged by your doctor, your anaesthetist and the hospital itself.
Doctor’s fee: The fee charged by your Cosmos Clinic doctor will vary from patient to patient, depending on their experience and the complexity of your procedure.
Anaesthetist’s fee: The fee your anaesthetist charges will depend on their qualifications and experience.
Hospital fees: Your hospital fee will comprise of the time spent in the operating theatre and the time required to recover from anaesthesia.
At Cosmos Clinic Gold Coast, our gynecomastia procedures start at $5,500, although your final cost will depend on the above factors. To receive a more accurate quote, please get in touch to organise a consultation with our doctors.
What are the causes of gynecomastia?
Similar to women, men also have fat cells and breast tissue in the chest, which can swell and become breasts. Man boobs can develop due to multiple factors, such as:
Obesity and weight fluctuations
Certain diseases, such as chronic liver or kidney disease
Over-use of recreational drugs, such as alcohol, marijuana and anabolic steroids
While men of any age can develop gynecomastia, it is more common in adolescent teens and middle-aged men. Gynecomastia is actually relatively common, however, it is still a sensitive issue for many men. If you are deeply unhappy with the appearance of your chest, it may be time to consider gyno surgery.
What is the difference between liposuction and surgical excision?
Gynecomastia can be treated using liposuction, surgical excision or a combination of both. At Cosmos Clinic, we perform all of our male breast reductions using liposuction techniques.
Liposuction is the best choice when gynecomastia is the result of excess fatty tissue. During the procedure, your doctor will inject fluid into the breast tissue before inserting a cannula through a small incision. The cannula is moved back and forth to dislodge the excess fat, which is then removed from the body via vacuum suction.
However, if excess skin needs to be removed or the areola and nipple need to be reduced or repositioned, we may refer you to a doctor who performs surgical excision. This procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and usually requires an incision around the nipple.
Although most men see fantastic results with liposuction, our doctors will suggest the best approach for you during a consultation.
What is Vaser Liposuction?
At Cosmos Clinic Gold Coast, all of our liposuction procedures (including gynecomastia correction) are performed using Vaser liposuction. VASER, or Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance, is the latest innovation in surgical liposuction. This technique uses sound wave energy to dissolve and liquefy fat cells, making them easier to remove from the body with less disruption than traditional liposuction.
No matter the technique, liposuction always follows the same premise: fat deposits are broken up and vacuumed out of the body using anaesthesia, saline solution and a cannula. Vaser differs from other liposuction methods in that it uses ultrasound energy waves to generate heat, which works to efficiently break apart fat cells for easy removal from the body and tightens the skin.1
How do I prepare for my gynecomastia male breast reduction surgery?
During your gynecomastia consultation, you will be given specific pre-operative instructions by your doctor. If you are a smoker, you must stop at least two weeks before surgery, as smoking can slow healing times and increase surgical complications. In addition, your doctor may advise that you avoid taking certain medications and supplements that could cause excessive bleeding during and after surgery. We also suggest that you take steps before surgery to prepare for recovery. This may include purchasing some comfortable clothing, preparing some healthy meals, filling any prescriptions and arranging for someone to pick you up from the hospital and help with tasks at home.
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 your breasts are 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.
Is this procedure suitable for massive weight loss patients?
While losing a significant amount of weight is a massive feat, it does change the body in many ways. Unfortunately, men who have experienced massive weight loss are often left with unwanted fat deposits that just don’t seem to shift, with the chest being a common problem area.
Such pockets of fat may cause you to be dissatisfied with your weight loss efforts and negatively impact your self-image. In these cases, a male breast reduction can help recontour the chest to achieve a firmer, more masculine appearance.
What is the right age to undergo gynecomastia surgery?
Many boys develop gynecomastia in their teens due to the hormonal fluctuations that occur during adolescence. Despite that, we usually recommend that patients wait until they have turned 18 to undergo surgery, as male breasts often resolve on their own after puberty. However, in cases where gynecomastia is severe and seriously affecting a patient’s confidence and quality of life, having surgery earlier may be an option.
How long does gyno surgery take?
The time spent in the operating theatre is dependent on the amount of fat and glandular tissue that your doctor needs to remove. Usually, you can expect your male breast reduction to take between one and three hours to complete.
How painful is the procedure?
A male breast reduction at Cosmos Clinic is performed under sedation and local anaesthesia, so you should not feel any pain during the procedure. If you experience any pain or discomfort during your recovery, you can alleviate this with medication prescribed by your doctor.
When will I notice my gynecomastia surgery results?
You will likely notice an improvement in your chest contour immediately after surgery. However, there will be some post-operative swelling, and your full results will not appear until this subsides. Your results will improve gradually over the next three to six months, after which all swelling should have fully subsided.
Will I have noticeable scars after surgery?
Scarring is an inevitable part of any invasive procedure. Despite this, it is rare to experience significant scarring after gynecomastia surgery. This is because your liposuction incisions are only small, and your doctor will endeavour to hide them in the natural contours of your chest.
Are results permanent?
Your gynecomastia results should be permanent, although future weight gain, hormonal imbalances or use of recreational drugs may trigger new growth of breast tissue. Given this, you should address any underlying conditions causing your gynecomastia before considering surgery.
What can I do to maintain my male breast reduction results?
To get the most out of your gynecomastia results, you should reach a sustainable goal weight before your procedure. Additional weight loss may mar your results with excess skin, while future weight gain may cause your male breasts to recur. You can maintain your weight (and your results) by living a healthy lifestyle, with a balanced diet and plenty of exercise. We also advise against taking recreational drugs after your male breast reduction, as this can also cause the breasts to swell once more.
What are the risks and side effects associated with gynecomastia surgery?
While Vaser liposuction carries less risk than traditional liposuction, every invasive procedure comes with potential complications. However, serious complications following this procedure are rare, and we’ve performed thousands of gyno surgeries at Cosmos Clinic without incident. Some of the potential side effects you may experience after your male breast reduction include:
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Cosmos Clinic Canberra will be reopening for all appointments, cosmetic medical and surgical procedures on Friday 15th October.
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