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Are man boobs causing you to keep your shirt on? Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Posted on: July 19th, 2017
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Are you considering Male Breast Reduction Surgery for Gynaecomastia? If so, you’re not alone. More men are discovering that Gynaecomastia Surgery can reduce puffy-looking, swollen or protruding breasts or nipple tissues – with minimal scarring and a recovery time of only 4 to 6 weeks.  This is part 1 of 2 Blogs on the topic of Breast Reduction Surgery for Men.

How to manage ‘man boobs’ for a flatter looking chest.

Never let it be said that it’s only women who worry about how they look. Men are sometimes equally stressed about their bodies, especially if they have sprouted man boobs. Technically, this condition is known as Gynaecomastia.


Do you have man boobs or Gynaecomastia?

Gynaecomastia is fairly common in Australia. If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you or someone you know is impacted by puffy-looking breasts or nipples or ‘man boobs’.

If you answered yes to the question about having “moobs“, Male Breast Reduction Surgery for Gynaecomastia may be a good solution to reduce the breast size and attain a smoother, more masculine chest appearance. But first, it can be helpful to learn more about the condition of Gynaecomastia (Gynecomastia).

What is Gynaecomastia?

Definition of Gynaecomastia (Gynecomastia)

Gynaecomastia (Gynecomastia) 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 and may appear swollen, puffy or lumpy. Discomfort or breast pain may also be associated with Gynaecomastia, but this varies from person to person. There are many factors that can lead to Gynaecomastia including nutritional intake, substance use, medication effects, hormonal imbalances and chromosomal or metabolic conditions such as Klinefelder Syndrome.

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If you have Gynaecomastia, heat exposure may cause a further increase in the swelling of the glands, leading 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.

The Social and Psychological Impacts of Gynaecomastia (Man Boobs)

Even though it is a common and benign condition, many men feel self-conscious about having visibly enlarged, protruding breasts or swollen nipples.

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 sense of style and confidence is being impacted by your ‘man boobs’ or moobs?

Surgery for Gynaecomastia can help you get a flatter, smoother chest area

If your level of self-consciousness or distress related to having swollen, protruding breasts or nipples is significant enough, you may want to reduce your “man boobs” or “moobs” through a Plastic Surgery procedure with Dr Geoff Barnett, who performs Cosmetic Surgery for Men in Melbourne.

Phone (03) 8849 1462 during Clinic Hours or send an enquiry form below to ask about a no-obligation consultation with Dr Barnett.

Dr Barnett has performed numerous Male Breast Reduction surgeries as well as other body contouring surgeries such as Liposuction and Abdominoplasty Surgery, as well as facial rejuvenation and eyelid surgery and Rhinoplasty.  But one of his focus areas is Male Breast Reduction, because he sees it make a positive difference in the lives of many men who were embarrassed by their Gynaecomastia.


More about Plastic Surgery for Men for Male Breast Reduction

Before you consider Plastic Surgery, you should know more about the condition and how Plastic Surgery can help.

What are the Causes of Gynaecomastia?

There are numerous contributing factors that may lead to or cause Gynaecomastia (swollen, enlarged breast tissues).

  • Male breasts and nipples can become enlarged from factors relating to obesity, genetics, hormonal changes or hormonal imbalances, developmental changes including puberty or ‘andro-pause’ and androgen or testosterone deficiencies.
  • Medication side effects may lead to enlarged breast tissues or swollen glands in men; there are many varieties of medication associated with Gynaecomastia development
  • Chromosomal disorders such as Klinefelter Syndrome (XXY) can also lead to enlarged or swollen breast tissues in males.
  • Alcohol and other substance use and Kidney disease are also associated with the development of enlarged breasts in males (Gynaecomastia or Gynecomastia).
  • Nutritional intake of some body-building supplements or steroids, soy based products and other dietary issues may also impact the appearance of male breast tissues.
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How is Gynaecomastia Best Treated? Is Surgery Required?

Gynaecomastia is often best treated by a 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.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery & Photos

Surgery for Male Breast Reduction for Gynaecomastia is a Cosmetic Surgery procedure performed by Specialist Plastic Surgeons such as Dr Geoff Barnett in Melbourne, who has extensive experience in body contouring surgeries for men including Liposuction and Breast Reduction.  The surgery takes from approximately one hour to an hour-and-a half for most patients. The initial recovery period is approximately 2 weeks just after surgery.  However, you will need to wear a compression garment after surgery, and not resume normal activities until at least 4 to 6 weeks.

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How Common is Gynaecomastia in Australia?

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, partially in response to hormonal fluctuations as adolescents reach maturity.
  • In Australia, data suggests that about half of all males experienced enlarged breasts as they moved through puberty, sometimes lasting for several years (Adolescent Gynaecomastia is very common but it is also distressing to young adult males who are very image conscious at this stage of life).
  • In the adult male population in Australia, large breasts may affect about 1/3 of all males.
  • Many men with enlarged breasts are not happy with the way their chest area looks; and may cover up their bodies to try to disguise the condition.
  • Sometimes the concern with man boobs relates to an overall weight management issue, such as Obesity.
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But even lean men can find themselves with man boobs and a puffy looking nipple aerola complex.

Why Men Choose Male Breast Reduction Surgery

  • The condition is typically benign and doesn’t cause any physical danger so surgery is optional.
  • Despite being benign, enlarged breasts can impede self-confidence or contribute to body-image concerns
  • Appearance concerns can lead men to investigate the best surgical treatments for reducing ‘moobs’ to regain flatter, smoother looking chest contours. These optional surgeries are called “cosmetic surgery for men” or “aesthetic surgery for men.”
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Many men who have Gynaecomastia may be embarrassed by the changes to their chest contours.

If you want a more traditionally masculine looking chest area, and have found that medication changes, exercise, weight control and a healthy diet have failed to make a difference for you, it may be time to consider your surgical alternatives (Liposuction or Male Breast Reduction).

Best Ways to Deal with your Man Boobs or “moobs

Tip 1: Find out the contributing factors and try to resolve them if possible.

As listed above, some factors that may lead to enlarged breasts in males include:

  • Medication use, substance use or steroid use
  • Supplements and nutritional side effects
  • Hormonal changes relating to growth, androgen/estrogen/testosterone changes
  • Obesity and/or an elevated Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Chromosomal disorders such as Klinefelter syndrome

Tip 2: Other than changing medications or trying to manage “man boobs” by losing weight when the cause is related to obesity, surgery tends to be the best solution for regaining masculine chest contours.

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If your man boobs are weight related:

  • If the man boobs are primarily related to obesity, lifestyle changes are the first conservative approach.
  • Weight also has an impact on hormone balance, so it may help to get your levels assessed
  • If you need to lose weight, consider Dr Arun Dhir’s program.

But for many men with a relatively stable weight and BMI (Body Mass Index), who end up with ‘man boobs’, male breast reduction surgery may be the best solution.

The Surgical Solution for Enlarged Male Breasts

Presenting Concern: Puffy nipples/breasts, breast lumps, projecting breast tissues; chest contours that do not look traditionally masculine and cause self-consciousness or interfere with relationship intimacy, exercise, confidence or fashion clothing choices.

Medical Condition: Gynaecomastia (Gynecomastia) – benign (but ask your GP or Surgeon to assess this, as there is a chance that lumpy breast tissues may be indicative of another condition). This information is general and should not be taken as medical advice.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Geoff Barnett, provides Male Breast Reduction Surgery for Gynaecomastia in Melbourne.

Snapshot of procedure:

  • Surgery for enlarged male breasts is probably the most effective treatment for Gynaecomastia.
  • The actual procedure for male breast surgery to treat Gynaecomastia is typically straight-forward.
  • Surgery involves either resection (surgical removal of breast lumps), liposuction, or both.
  • The majority of patients require BOTH liposuction and surgical excision of unwanted breast elements.
  • In extreme cases of severe Gynaecomastia, skin reduction surgery and nipple repositioning may also be necessary to get the desired result.
  • All surgery has risks and these will be discussed with you during your consultation and before you consent to a procedure.  Because Gynaecomastia requires a post-op garment for up to 6 weeks, it is often best performed during the cooler months of the year rather than in summer.

The surgical process involves removing the glandular tissue and any excess fat present in your breasts so that your chest has a flatter, smoother and more traditionally masculine appearance.

Find out if You’re a Good Candidate and to learn about the benefits of Male Breast Reduction Surgery.

Healing from Male Breast Reduction Surgery

  • Dr Barnett will provide you with a “Rapid Recovery” pack that 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 after surgery to achieve the best possible outcome
  • If your weight changes significantly, or you experience ongoing hormonal imbalances or medication side effects, your results might be impacted over time, but otherwise the surgery is considered very long lasting.
  • Most patients will only require this surgery one time.

Scars and Healing Time

  • Everyone heals differently but you should allow 2 to 3 weeks after surgery before resuming your light activities.
  • If you are a gym junkie or involved in competitive sports, you will likely need to avoid these activities for at least 4 to 6 weeks while you recovery and heal.
  • There is minimal scarring and it is often strategically placed, but you will likely have a scar that is frequently not overly prominent.

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 including wearing the post-surgery garments for the recommended amount of time, and not smoking.
  • Once you heal and if you follow the post-surgery instructions precisely, will have a flatter, smoother and more masculine chest contour.
  • Swelling can take several weeks to resolve for some patients and this can vary so you may need to be patient to see the final results.
  • How your chest looks after you heal, however, also depends on what you start with including your anatomy, your chest muscles, your overall physique and your fitness levels.
  • DO keep your expectations realistic.

Things that typically DON’T WORK to reduce man boobs

Exercise and diet may not work to reduce enlarged male breasts or nipples – why?

  • If your man boobs are weight related, exercise and diet can help.
  • However, for many men, enlarged male breasts are a combination of factors including a hormonal imbalance or physiological factors.
  • For example, if there is excess glandular tissue, even getting lean and fit isn’t going to hide the appearance of ‘man boobs’.

Creams don’t necessarily work 

Some companies sell creams they claim will shrink the fat cells around the breast tissue to help reduce your man boobs. However, evidence has not supported this as being an effective treatment, and like other cheap, quick-fix items you can find on the internet, many false promises can be made by online advertisers.

Ready to gain the BENEFITS of Breast Reduction Surgery for Men?

  • Get a flatter-looking, smoother chest contour and reduce your man boobs so you can wear the clothes you want.
  • You can even go topless again without feeling self-conscious. Patient’s report they feel freer and more confident to be able to take their shirts off without worrying what others think about their ‘man boobs’.
  • They also report being able to wear the newer fashions (fashion shirts that are form-fitting or tight-fitting across the torso) after having breast reduction.
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  • Schedule a consultation now with Dr Geoff Barnett for a no-obligation Gynaecomastia Surgery consultation. Phone (03) 8849 1462 or send an enquiry form today.

You can also read Part 2 of this 2 part blog series about the benefits of Gynaecomastia Surgery for Men.