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Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Male Breast Reduction Surgery – Gynecomastia or Gyno in Melbourne

Male Breasts, Moobs or Gynecomastia may be a psychological embarrassment for some males.  They feel unable to show their body whether it be in close fitting clothing or when naked. This restricts their ability to carry our physical activities including gym and swimming. The most common procedure is to reduce the breasts using liposuction alone however on occasions excision of breast tissue and/or skin reduction is required. Male Breast Reduction Surgery could help.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery for Gynaecomastia

Gynaecomastia: Male Breast Reduction Surgery for ‘Man Boobs’ or Moobs

Are you:

  • Embarrassed by having ‘man boobs’ (puffy-looking breast tissue)?
  • Hesitant or unwilling to wear tight fitting clothing for fear your breasts or nipples will protrude?
  • Fearful of being teased about having protruding breast tissues or a fatty-looking chest area?

Am I a Good Candidate for Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

Are you unhappy with the size, position or weight of your breasts (they are large, heavy in weight, saggy – or all three).?

Clothing, swimsuits, gym gear and well-fitted bras are nearly impossible to find due to the size of your upper body/breast area.

Your breasts cause physical discomfort, neck or back pain and chronic skin irritations as well as bra strap indentations.

Breasts aren’t symmetric in size.

Your breasts cause you self-consciousness or make you look heavier than you really are (they disguise your rib cage and waist due to where they sit).

As well as being unhappy with the size, position or weight of your breasts, you are concerned about the positioning of your nipples and would like them to sit at a more central location on your chest.

What is Gynaecomastia? Download the guide

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Gynaecomastia is a benign condition where male breasts become enlarged. There are essentially two distinct types, diffuse or glandular.  For men with this condition, the breasts and/or nipples may protrude from the chest area. They may appear swollen, puffy or lumpy. Discomfort or breast pain may also occur with Gynaecomastia, but this varies from person to person. There are many factors that can lead to Gynaecomastia including:

If you have Gynaecomastia, heat exposure may cause a further increase in the swelling of the glands. This leads to pain or discomfort. This can be a recurring problem for men during the summer months. But the most distressing part of Gynaecomastia for men is often how it impacts their body image and appearance confidence.

What are the Causes of Man Boobs?

There are numerous contributing factors that may lead to or cause man boobs:

  • Obesity
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes or hormonal imbalances
  • Developmental changes including puberty or ‘andro-pause’
  • Androgen or testosterone deficiencies
  • Medication side effects
  • Chromosomal disorders such as Klinefelter Syndrome (XXY)
  • Alcohol and other substance use
  • Kidney disease
  • Body-building supplements or steroids
  • Soy based products
  • Other dietary issues

Before and After Photos – Male Breast Reduction Surgery by Plastic Surgeon Dr Barnett

We have many additional before and after surgery photos which you can see during a consultation (or ask about special events where Dr Barnett presents and/or ask to meet with a patient care advisor to view more photos).

Male Breast Reduction Surgery by Plastic Surgeon Dr Barnett Male Breast Reduction Surgery for Gynaecomastia before after

Surgery for Gynaecomastia

Surgical procedures for gynaecomastia can help you get a flatter, smoother chest area. Dr Barnett has performed numerous male breast reduction surgeries. He sees it making a positive difference in the lives of many men with Gynaecomastia.

Treatment for Gynaecomastia

The best treatment for Gynaecomastia is often surgical intervention. However, treatments will vary in relation to the underlying causes or contributing factors. Sometimes changing medications or adjusting your exercises and diet and hormone re-balancing can help. However, remedying the unwanted physical attributes of Gynaecomastia may require male breast reduction surgery.

How Common is Gynaecomastia in Australia?

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This condition is far more common than you might think. In the USA, research suggests up to 50% of men experience some growth or swelling and enlargement of breast tissue. This may reflect the high prevalence of breast protrusions in males during puberty and adolescence. It could be partially in response to hormonal fluctuations as adolescents reach maturity.

In Australia, data suggests that about half of all men experience enlarged breasts during puberty, sometimes lasting for several years. Adolescent Gynaecomastia is very common but it is also distressing to young men. About one third of all men in Australia have man boobs. Sometimes this condition relates to an overall weight management issue,. However, even lean men can find themselves with man boobs and a puffy looking nipple aerola complex.

Recovery After Male Breast Reduction Surgery

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Dr Barnett will provide you with a “Rapid Recovery” pack. This includes products proven to help aid recovery and healing after surgery. Please follow his precise instructions for optimal healing and scar minimisation. You will typically need to wear support garments for 6 to 8 weeks. This is important to achieve the best results.

If your weight changes significantly, or you experience ongoing hormonal imbalances, this may impact your results over time. Otherwise the surgery is considered very long lasting. Most patients will only require one procedure.

Scars and Recovery Time

Everyone heals differently but you should allow 2 to 3 weeks after surgery before resuming your light activities. There is minimal scarring and it is often strategically placed. But you will likely have a scar that is frequently not overly prominent.

Gynaecomastia – the appearance of protruding breast tissue – may be a psychological embarrassment for some males

Does having a puffy-looking chest or protruding breast tissue leave you:

  • feeling uncomfortable wearing tight-fitting shirts?
  • reluctant to go topless during summer?
  • hesitant to engage in intimacy?
  • avoiding the gym because you don’t want your chest or ‘man boobs’ to be seen?

Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction) is a common problem that many men are now seeking surgical treatment to remedy.

Men with protruding breast tissues (technically called “gynecomastia”)

  • may feel unable to show their body whether it be in close-fitting clothing or when naked
  • feel embarrassed by their body
  • may find protruding breast tissue restricts physical activities such as going to the gym or swimming
  • often avoid intimacy
  • cover up their bodies even when it’s over 40 degrees in summer

Are you considering male breast reduction surgery for man boobs? If so, you’re not alone. More men are discovering that Gynaecomastia surgery can reduce puffy-looking, swollen or protruding breasts or nipple tissues.

How to Manage Man Boobs for a Flatter Looking Chest

It’s not only women who worry about how they look. Men have equal concerns about their bodies, especially if they have man boobs. Technically, this condition is known as Gynaecomastia. Gynaecomastia is fairly common in Australia. If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you or someone you know has ‘man boobs’. But first, it can be helpful to learn more about Gynaecomastia.


The Social and Psychological Impacts of Man Boobs

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Even though it is a common and benign condition, many men feel self-conscious about having visibly protruding breasts. Do you find that you:


  • Cover up your torso and chest, even during summer’s hottest months?
  • Feel uncomfortable wearing tight fitting ‘fashion shirts’?
  • Limit what types of clothing you wear or avoid going topless in summer?
  • Avoid the locker room or sports because of self-consciousness about your breasts?
  • Find that button-up business shirts and polo shirts are no longer flattering to wear?
  • Feel your man boobs or moobs impact your sense of style and confidence?

Why Men Choose Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Gynaecomastia is typically benign and doesn’t cause any physical danger. As a result, corrective surgery is optional. Despite being benign, large breasts can impede self-confidence or contribute to body-image concerns. However, if non-surgical options have not remedied the issue, you may need to consider breast reduction.

Results of Breast Reduction

Will I end up with a sculpted chest after surgery?

Everyone is different. Results vary from individual to individual. It is crucial you follow all instructions and refrain from smoking. Swelling can take several weeks to resolve for some patients. This can vary, so you may need to be patient to see the final results. How your chest looks after you heal also depends on what you start with including:

  • Anatomy
  • Chest muscles
  • Overall physique
  • Fitness levels

It is also important to keep your expectations realistic.

Liposuction or Surgery as part of Male Breast Reduction (Moobs Reduction Surgery for Men)


Gynecomastia: If having the appearance of “male boobs” is bothering you, Male Breast Reduction Surgery can help!

The most common procedure is to reduce male breasts and help re-contour the upper body for men is liposuction.

However, for some men, excision of breast tissue and/or skin reduction is required (alone or in combination with Liposuction).

We will be happy to tell you more about the procedure and start you on your surgical journey. Send an Enquiry Form today or phone us confidentially on (03) 8849 1467.

Medical Disclaimer
This web site is not intended as a substitute for your own independent health professional’s advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider within your country or place of residency with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Additionally, this information is of a general nature and surgery results vary from patient to patient.
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