Male Breast Surgery (Gynaecomastia)

Gynaecomastia is the term that describes excessive enlargement of the male breast. It may be produced by either the proliferation of glandular breast tissue or the accumulation of fat in the chest area, or a combination of both. Differentiating between fat and true glandular breast tissue is important as the treatment for gynaecomastia using male breast reduction surgery can differ at our Sydney practice. True glandular breast tissue needs to be surgically removed; however, if the breast formation is due to fat, liposuction may be applicable in the circumstance. Another major factor in deciding what treatment is appropriate is the amount of skin that is present. Large amounts of excess skin may require surgical removal, but of course this puts scars on a male chest, which is not aesthetically satisfactory in a large proportion of cases as the scars cannot be hidden. Dr. Darrell Perkins is an experienced surgeon who can determine which type of treatment will be most suited for your needs during an initial consultation. He uses the most advanced techniques to help ensure that male patients achieve the look they desire with minimal scarring and a quick and successful recovery.

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Causes of Gynaecomastia

Gynaecomastia is a very common condition and will affect four out of ten men. The condition is probably caused by a variety factors at different stages in life. The most common age for gynaecomastia to present itself is in the peri-pubertal male. During this time, gynaecomastia very rarely represents abnormal hormones. Instead, it is usually caused by an imbalance between the changing ratios of male and female hormones. Gynaecomastia may occur in one or both breasts and is often very tender in this circumstance. In older patients the gynaecomastia may be due to slight metabolism changes, although these are rarely of any pathological significance. In the older age group, gynaecomastia tends to be more an accumulation of fat than the true dense glandular tissue of the youthful. Another common cause of gynaecomastia is the use of anabolic steroids. It is the hormonal metabolites of these steroids that cause the excessive female hormones and the breast tissue production. Other causes for gynaecomastia include liver disease, medications taken for other health problems, marijuana, and very rarely tumours that may affect hormone production. Fortunately, gynaecomastia can be treated with male breast reduction surgery at our Sydney practice.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery Procedure

Gynaecomastia treatment at our Sydney practice depends on the cause of the condition and age the patient is. In general terms of treatment, if the tissue being removed is true glandular breast tissue, it will be surgically removed through an incision. If the breast formation is actually an accumulation of fat, advanced liposuction techniques may be applicable, although male breast reduction surgery can still be used. Our experienced surgeon can help male patients determine which type of male breast surgery procedure is correct for their needs during a consultation. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment with Dr. Perkins.

Recovery after Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Gynaecomastia treatment through male breast reduction surgery at our Sydney practice, whether by an open surgical technique or through liposuction, is usually performed under general anaesthesia. A drain may be required in some surgical cases, and ordinarily a compression garment for the chest will be required for one to three weeks after the operation. It is ideal to limit physical activity, especially in the first week, to minimise swelling and bruising and to hasten recovery from the surgery. Because male breast reduction surgery is superficial to the muscle, recovery to physical activity is usually quite quick. If an open procedure is performed, scars are visible on half the margin of the nipple/areolar complex. These scars usually heal well and are difficult to see after recovery. If liposuction is performed, it is done through several small incisions that are approximately three to four mm in length. These scars will heal rather well, and after recovery, should be barely noticeable.

Cost of Gynaecomastia Treatment

Surgery to correct gynaecomastia caused by glandular tissue or fat would ordinarily attract Medicare item numbers. Because of this, a proportion of the surgical costs would be rebated if the patient is in a Health Fund. For more information regarding costs for treatment, please contact our practice today.

Learn More about Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Male breast reduction surgery can give men suffering from gynaecomastia in the Sydney area a naturally manly appearance. Dr. Perkins is an experienced Plastic Surgeon who can help you achieve the look you desire. Please contact our plastic surgery practice to schedule an initial consultation with our esteemed surgeon.