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Are Man Boobs Causing You to Keep Your Shirt On?

Posted on: July 19th, 2017
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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.

What is Gynaecomastia?

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

Creams Don’t Necessarily Work

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

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.

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.

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Ready to gain the benefits of breast reduction surgery for men? 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.