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Gynaecomastia

Although most patients choosing to have elective plastic and cosmetic surgery are women, there are some medical procedures that are tailored just for men. Enlarged breasts caused by fatty deposits (gynaecomastia) affect around half of all men, and unless the condition is acknowledged, men are forced to avoid tailored clothing and many outdoor activities. Gynaecomastia leads to negative self-perception and a potential reluctance for intimacy, so the sooner it is acknowledged and confronted the better.

Gynaecomastia can be caused by weight fluctuations, medical conditions, drugs and other influences. Fortunately, converts to progressive procedures include men, and the growing tendency for male breast reduction is encouraging.

Who is a candidate for gynaecomastia surgery?

Any man who is suffering from enlarged breasts will benefit from gynaecomastia surgery. The condition is extremely common, and even men who don’t undergo surgery notice fatty deposit fluctuations during weight gain and loss. The condition may commence during childhood or appear later in life, with gradual fatty build-up ultimately becoming noticeable even under clothing, and surgical intervention is often recommended.

Gynaecomastia surgery is performed on men who have reached their target weight with diet and exercise. It isn’t recommended for people who are obese, smokers, heavy drinkers or steroid users. The surgery is most beneficial for men who retain responsive, elastic skin, providing the best chance for the physique to return to a more healthy and strong condition.

The benefits of gynaecomastia surgery

A male breast reduction achieves physical symmetry along with a host of other interrelated benefits. Successful surgical outcomes include a return to outdoor fun free from negative body-image perception.

Breast/chest reduction benefits include:

  • Improved intimacy and confidence
  • A return to healthy, outdoor activities and exercise
  • Shirtless liberation
  • A new, stylish and form-fitting wardrobe
  • Shapeless, unflattering clothing can be discarded

How is gynaecomastia surgery performed?

The aim of a male breast/chest reduction is usually to reduce size and enhance contour. Small incisions are required, either under the armpit or at the nipple outer edge (areola). Excess fatty tissue is then easily removed via the incisions, and in some cases, liposuction can be combined with gynaecomastia for additional fat removal.

Although surgery remains a daunting prospect for many people, progressive techniques and technology afford the opportunity for many procedures, including gynaecomastia surgery, to be performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and is completed within a couple of hours, with a same day return home for ongoing recovery.

Gynaecomastia surgery post-operative care

After gynaecomastia surgery, patients are required to wear a support garment designed to contour the chest and minimise swelling. Natural healing mechanisms include bruising, and some pain can be expected, but painkillers can be prescribed if required. There may also be some numbness in the chest for several months as blood vessels and connective tissue re-establish and strengthen.

In most cases, a return to work is possible within a week, while regular activities and exercise can be re-introduced as healing progresses. For best recovery outcomes, moderate exercise and weight control should become long-term habits worth maintaining. Dr Choy and his team help patients take the first steps toward greater health and vitality, allowing both men and women to share the benefits of elective plastic and cosmetic surgery.