Gynaecomastia, commonly known as “Man Boobs,” is a medical term used to describe enlargement of male breast tissue and fat just under the nipple in male adolescents and men.
Gynaecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)
It is a prevalent issue that can affect males of different ages, and for some, can be a cause of discomfort, embarrassment and anxiety. Gynaecomastia in adolescence is common, but tends to resolve after 1-2 years. Gynaecomastia in adulthood can result from various factors such as hormone imbalances, obesity, certain medications, steroid use and various medical conditions. Speaking to a medical professional to establish the cause of this condition is vital before considering male breast reduction surgery.
During your consultation Dr Alaina Taylor will take an extensive medical history and conduct a physical examination to ascertain the potential cause of your condition and evaluate its degree. The severity of your gynaecomastia will determine the surgical plan. You will need to disclose your medical history, including any pre-existing conditions you may have and your current and past medications. During your consult, the information you disclose is vital in creating a treatment plan tailored to your needs and goals.
Gynaecomastia surgery can take up to approximately three hours depending on the degree and technique required for correction. The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital facility either as a day surgery procedure or requires overnight stay. During your consultation with Dr Taylor, she will have determined whether your excess fat and glandular tissue needs to be removed via liposuction, excision, or a combination of both. Incisions are generally placed around the nipple-areola complex. Once the desired outcome has been achieved, sutures are used to close the incisions, and dressings are applied to the surgical sites. In some cases, drains may be inserted to collect excess fluid or blood for several days after your surgery.
Following the procedure, some pain and swelling are expected. Pain medication can be prescribed to help ease the discomfort, and a compression garment will also need to be worn for at least six weeks to reduce the swelling. You will need to take one to two weeks off work and avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous physical activities for six to eight weeks.
Risks and Complications
All surgery causes side effects such as bruising, swelling, some oozing or small amount of bleeding from wounds, new scars, infection and wound healing problems. There are risks associated with general anaesthesia.
With any procedure you choose to undergo, potential risks and complications can occur, and it is vital to understand them before deciding on surgery.
Possible risks and complications associated with male breast reduction surgery include:
- Poor scarring
- Excessive bleeding
- Fluid accumulation
- Changes to nipple and skin sensation including nipple loss
- Small lumps due to fat necrosis
- Need for secondary surgery
It is important that you follow Dr Taylor’s aftercare instructions to ensure minimal scarring occurs where possible and you achieve the most optimal results. Dr Taylor will go into more depth about the associated risks and complications during your consultation.