Male Breast Reduction

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Male breast reduction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and glandular tissue, which is caused by a condition known as gynaecomastia. By undergoing treatments, patients can restore a more proportional chest that’s firmer, flatter and has improved contours.

Gynaecomastia affects 40-60% of all men and can result in loss of confidence, particularly in intimate situations. A/Prof Magnusson has helped hundreds of men reverse the effects of this common medical condition using advanced techniques and his in-depth knowledge of breast surgery.

Male Breast Reduction:

Undertaking cosmetic surgery (also known as aesthetic plastic surgery) is an intensely personal and private decision that can have very positive effects. Success comes from helping individual patients clarify their goals and then creating a bespoke plan to achieve them. With a combination of communication, experience and knowledge, A/Prof Mark Magnusson has helped many patients across Brisbane, Toowoomba and Gold Coast. Let A/Prof Magnusson help you with your aesthetic journey.

Male breast reduction procedure

Surgical treatments such as this can be classified as conservative or surgical. Conservative medical treatments will often address issues such as obesity. Gynaecomastia is common during adolescence, and for most men, it will resolve on its own. In the case where a patient is still an adolescent, A/Prof Magnusson may recommend waiting a couple of years before going ahead with surgery.

Surgical procedures that reduce the size of the breasts can involve surgical excision of the breast tissue, liposuction of the fatty tissue and less commonly, a reduction in the amount of skin in more severe cases.

The average male breast reduction takes about two hours to complete and will require a general anaesthetic. During the procedure, a small incision is made in the underarm area or under the nipple. A/Prof Magnusson aims to make the incision as small as possible in an area that keeps the resulting scar concealed. Through this incision, excess fat and glandular tissue are excised. The incisions are then covered with a dressing and wrapped to hold the skin in place. Since this procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, an overnight stay in hospital won’t be required.

In some instances, drains may need to be placed under the skin to remove any excess blood and fluid following surgery. The drains will be removed two to three days after your procedure.

Male breast reduction candidates

The ideal candidate for male breast reduction will need to be in good health and have breast tissue that is fully developed. Since this is not a weight-loss surgery, it’s not recommended for overweight men. If gynaecomastia has been caused by specific medication or supplements, you will need to cut them out prior to surgery. Patients are also encouraged to stop smoking at least two months before their procedure to aid in the healing process. During your consultation, A/Prof Magnusson will also ensure you have realistic expectations about what can be achieved, which is essential for any type of surgical procedure. 

Gynaecomastia results

Male breast reduction patients notice an improvement in the chest and breast contour and size immediately. In the weeks following surgery, the appearance of your chest will continue to improve as swelling subsides and your pectoral muscles become more visible under the skin. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover.

The benefits of a male breast reduction include a flatter, firmer, and well-proportioned chest with little downtime, allowing most patients to return to work within just one week following surgery.

frequently asked questions

How much does a male breast reduction cost?

The cost of male breast reduction surgery can differ based on the exact effects that each patient is experiencing. For some, patients experiencing pseudo gynaecomastia, where only excess fat is present, won’t require a procedure that’s as extensive. Surgeon, hospital and anaesthetist fees will also need to be taken into consideration before a final cost can be determined. Medicare and private health insurers will more than likely cover a portion of the costs – A/Prof Magnusson will take you through the details of this process.

What can I expect during my recovery?

Following your surgery, you will need someone to drive you home. Patients can expect pain and swelling during their recovery but this can easily be managed with the prescribed pain medication. The compression garment will need to be worn for at least 6 weeks to reduce swelling – sleeping propped up on your back for the first week will also help with this. Most patients can return to work within a few days but taking a week to recover at home is ideal, especially if your job is more physically demanding. Any strenuous exercise should also be avoided for several weeks until the chest area has healed completely. While a loss of sensation is not uncommon, the effects are hardly ever permanent and will gradually subside over several months. It’s essential that patients maintain a healthy lifestyle following their procedure if they want to retain their results. Steroid usage is discouraged after surgery and regular check-ups with a GP will help rule out any medical conditions that could result in breast tissue growth.

Will there be scarring after male breast reduction?

Scarring is an inevitable effect of surgery, including male breast reduction. While most of the incisions will be concealed by the natural contours of the chest, some scarring might still be visible. There are steps that you can take after surgery to decrease the visibility of scarring, including the use of silicone gel strips and protecting the incisions from the sun.

Is it possible for man boobs to return after surgery?

Even though surgery aims to provide permanent results, there is still a chance that breast tissue can grow back following male breast reduction. One of the reasons why gynaecomastia may return is because all of the glandular tissue wasn’t removed. Another is if excess fatty tissue forms again after surgery, resulting in pseudo gynaecomastia. Fortunately, this can be treated using liposuction and won’t require large incisions again. If the gynaecomastia was caused by an underlying medical condition and it isn’t treated prior to surgery, it could have the same effect later on again. Steroid usage can also cause gynaecomastia to return after a male breast reduction procedure, which is why patients are discouraged from using it to gain muscle.

Can weight loss cure gynaecomastia?

Losing weight will definitely improve the appearance of your chest but since gynaecomastia is linked to excess breast tissue, diet and exercise will only get you so far. Even if you manage to reduce the excess fatty tissue in the chest area, any excess breast tissue will still need to be surgically removed.

Are there any risks associated with male breast reduction surgery?

Any type of surgical procedure carries some degree of risk. Risks associated with male breast reduction include infection, excess bleeding, pigmentation and asymmetry. Any infections should be treated immediately with an antibiotic. In the case of asymmetry, it’s very rare for men and women to have a perfectly symmetrical chest area, regardless of whether they’ve undergone surgery or not, so this should not be a cause for concern. A/Prof Magnusson will take you through all of the potential risks associated with male breast reduction during your consultation.

Am I a Suitable Candidate for Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

Men with overdeveloped breasts can be suitable candidates for surgery if they’re of good overall health and have realistic expectations about what the procedure can accomplish. There really aren’t any age limits associated with male breast reduction, which can help men of all ages feel more confident about their physique.