Gynaecomastia is the development in males of excess breast tissue (also known as ‘man boobs’). It is thought to affect up to 30% of the Australian males and is often not related to any underlying medical condition. Gynaecomastia surgery can contour the chest area to provide a more toned, athletic chest and increased self-confidence. The results of the procedure are significant and permanent.
Male Breast Surgery
Gynaecomastia surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and is usually done as a day case. View male breast reduction gallery here
Surgery involves removal of excess fat and glandular tissue from the breasts, and in severe cases excess skin may also need to be removed. The surgery is usually a combination of liposuction to remove the excess fat and contour the chest wall, and a small incision around the lower part of the areola to resect the glandular breast tissue.
For the extremely enlarged and droopy male breast, a more significant breast reduction may be indicated. Extended male breast reduction involves removal of considerable breast tissue, fat and skin. This procedure may require larger incisions and create more conspicuous scars, as for female breast reductions.
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You may experience some mild discomfort over the first week, for which simple analgesia will be prescribed. There will be some mild swelling of the chest area as well as some bruising and this will resolve within two to three weeks. A compression garment is worn under the clothes for six weeks to facilitate the best chest contour and minimise swelling.
Recovery from gynaecomastia surgery is generally quick and easy, and many patients can return to their normal activities after a few days. Strenuous exercise of the upper body and arms should be avoided for six weeks.
The final results of male breast reduction surgery can take up to six months to be fully apparent.
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Dr Rohit Kumar is an Australian trained and fully certified cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon.
Dr Kumar completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree in 1995 at the University of Queensland. He subsequently went on to successfully complete a Masters Degree in the field of Burns Surgery in 2004 – MMedSci (Burns)
His advanced surgical training commenced in the specialty of General Surgery in which he trained for four years. This gave him a solid foundation of technical knowledge and surgical perspective upon which he then built his considerable skills, once he commenced his advanced training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The Australasian training scheme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is one of the most thorough and rigorous in the world and upon successful completion of this training, over a period of ten years, Dr Kumar was awarded his Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – FRACS (Plas).
He thus brings over 15 years of surgical experience to his practice having been involved in over ten thousand procedures in that time.
If you are considering gynaecomastia surgery, then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks, complications and side effects of this surgery.
While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid these complications and side effects, complications may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with your surgeon.
Potential complications and risks associated with gynaecomastia surgery include:
The Risks include…
- Slightly asymmetrical breasts or nipples. Both in height and projection.
- Temporary numbness
- Recurrence of breast growth after surgery
- Another procedure may be needed to remove excess skin
- Permanent pigment changes around the nipple
- Keloids and hypertrophic scars
- Irregularities of the nipple and areolar complex