Male Breast Reduction Surgery in Melbourne by Dr Carmen Munteanu Plastic Surgeon

Many men suffer from male breast development or man boobs. There are several surgical solutions including male breast reduction surgery to get a more contoured and masculine-looking chest. Dr Carmen can help.

The growth of glandular tissue or deposition of fat in the chest area, or the presence of excess skin, in the chest of a male, causes it to be enlarged giving it a breast-like appearance.  It is quite common in men causing reduced self-confidence in affected men. Liposuction or Excision Surgery can help.

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Benefits of Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Male Breast Reduction Surgery is an effective procedure in removing excess fat, skin & glandular tissue, and skin. This can help give you a more masculine and toned chest. It can significantly improve your mental health and improve your confidence and comfort levels.

Male Breast Reduction has several psychological, physical, and medical benefits if done properly by a skilled specialist plastic surgeon.

If there is too much excess fat on your chest, Gyno can also affect your posture and back. Having male breast reduction surgery can help improve your posture and relieve any back pain you may be experiencing. This is especially important since back pain and extra weight on the chest can prevent you from doing some physical activities.

What Causes Man Boobs or Male Chest Enlargement?

Enlargement of the Male Chest or Male Breast Development usually occurs due to:

  • An increase in breast tissues as a result of fluctuation in hormone level in the body a condition known as true gynecomastia. 
  • Accumulation of a large amount of fat nearby the chest area a condition called pseudo-gynecomastia or moobs  

Fat accumulation usually results from an unhealthy diet and a lack of physical activity. True gynecomastia is caused due to the fluctuation in the levels of testosterone and estrogen in men.

Estrogen is a strictly feminine hormone that helps in the development of the breast, but men can also produce it in small amounts. When there is an excess of estrogen or the level of testosterone is extremely low, men develop breast tissue.

Apart from the above reasons, the enlarged male chest may also arise due to:

  • A major fluctuation in hormone levels
  • Pubertal changes
  • Major weight fluctuations and obesity
  • Medications 
  • Use of excess alcohol and recreational drugs
  • Hyperthyroidism

You should undergo a breast reduction surgery if:

  • Your confidence is low because of the breast-like appearance of your chest. 
  • You want to reduce stress caused by the appearance of your chest
  • Your enlarged male breast is preventing you from participating in daily activities 
  • You want an aesthetic looking body

Options for surgical correction of Male Breasts, Man Boob or Moobs

There are various surgical methods of treatment available and it is highly individualized, as it differs based on the cause of enlarged breasts in men. Some options for male breast reduction surgery include:

  1. Gynecomastia surgery
  2. Liposuction
  3. Gynecomastia surgery with liposuction

Gynecomastia is a condition that causes the growth of excess glandular tissue in the chest, which is brought due to disturbance in hormonal level giving a breast-like appearance to the male chest. 

1. Gyno or Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia surgery is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess glandular tissues and skin around the chest. It is an invasive surgery that allows the removal of glandular tissues and skin that would not have been possible through liposuction alone.The nipple-areola complex will be readjusted following removal of the skin giving you the desired result. 

2. Male Breast Liposuction or Scarless Male Breast Reduction

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess fat tissues that persist even after weight loss through diet control and exercise. Liposuction will be preferred to improve the appearance of your chest if the condition is brought about by the excess deposition of fat.

Age, skin elasticity, and the presence of excess skin and glands around the chest should be considered before deciding if liposuction alone will be enough to get you the desired outlook of your chest. 

3. Gynecomastia surgery with liposuction

This is usually preferred in the case when the male chest enlargement occurs due to the growth of glandular tissue and deposition of fat. It helps fix both the problems and in turn, gives the best-looking result.

Your Male Breast Reduction surgery

1. The Consultation 

Consultation forms the first phase of your male breast reduction journey. You will have an in-depth discussion with your surgeon about the different procedures available and select the best procedure for you. Your surgeon will take a detailed medical history while discussing your goals from the procedure. You should be honest and reasonable about your expectations as it can help you in getting your desired outcome.  

You will be explained about the procedure, the alternatives, and the risks involved. You will have to stop using aspirin and blood-thinning agents and will be advised to avoid smoking for at least 3 weeks pre and post the surgery as nicotine present in smoke has shown to cause necrosis of fat and delayed wound healing. It produces a less pleasing appearance of the scars following excision surgery.

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2. The Male Breast Reduction Surgical Procedure

This is the second phase of your journey. Both surgeries are performed under local or general anesthesia depending on your condition and the surgeon’s recommendation. 

Gynecomastia surgery

An incision will be made around the nipple-areola complex. Any excess glandular tissues and/or excess skin present will be removed through this site. 

The nipple-areola complex will then be readjusted giving your chest a manly look.

You’ll have dressing applied to the incised area and a drainage tube will be placed to accumulate fluid, and help with bruising, and soreness. Surgery will take anywhere from 2-3 hours or more. 

Liposuction surgery

Small, inconspicuous incisions will be made around the skin areola junction from where fat will be removed.

First, diluted local anesthesia is infused to reduce discomfort, bleeding, and trauma. 

A thin cannula is then inserted through the incisions to loosen and dislodge excess fat cells from the site using a controlled back and forth motion. 

The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a syringe attached to the cannula.

The incisions are then stitched after fat removal.

3. Recovery 

  • Recovery post gynecomastia surgery

Post-operation, you may expect:

  • Drainage tube to collect fluid, and lower bruising, and soreness 
  • Loss of sensation in the incised areas which should be recovered gradually.
  • Soreness, swelling, and pain

Medications to help you manage these common conditions will be prescribed to you.  

If you experience any unusual symptoms or excessive bleeding it should be immediately reported to your surgeon.

  • Recovery post breast liposuction

Recovery can be expected to take only a few days. You may still feel sore for a few days after the procedure with minimal pain. An exact time frame to when complete recovery will occur cannot be pinpointed for every patient. Patients should be able to resume daily activities after two to four weeks, while it will take only a couple of days in case of liposuction. However, complete recovery may take a few more weeks. Most patients will be able to return to their workplace a couple of days after the procedure.

Post-surgical care 

Post-surgical care recommendations may include:

  • Wearing compression garments for up to six weeks to minimize scarring and get the desired result. 
  • Stay awayfrom heavy weight lifting and physical workouts for at least a month. 
  • Do not smoke three to four weeks post-surgery as it both slows the healing process and produces undesirable results.

Risks of Male Breast Reduction

Apart from general risks associated with every surgical procedure some specific risks are listed below. 

Risks of Gynecomastia surgery include: 

  • Excess bleeding and infection at the incision site 
  • Loss of sensations of the nipples
  • Asymmetrical result
  • Itchy scars 
  • Revision surgery for undesired result or to treat complications

Risks of liposuction include:

  • Presence of surplus skin 
  • Necrosis of fat
  • Asymmetrical result
  • Seroma formation
  • Anesthetic complications and blood clots.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery FAQs – Questions about Male Chest Reduction

  • Is gynecomastia surgery painful?

As an anesthetic is used before the surgery, the procedure itself won’t be painful at all. However, after surgery, there may be some pain that may last up to a few weeks but the pain is usually minimal. Any discomfort that is experienced after the surgical treatment is managed with prescribed pain medication.

  • Can male breasts be reduced without surgery?

When breasts in males develop due to obesity, it is possible to reduce or even eliminate male breasts without surgery by following a healthy diet and an exercise routine. But in cases where male breasts are formed due to imbalance of the hormone or genetically, reduction in breast size won’t be possible without surgery. 

  • What is the best treatment for gynecomastia?

Depending on the reason for the development of gynecomastia, which can be either due to genetic or anomalies in the hormone level or accumulation of fat, the best treatment would be either gynecomastia surgery or liposuction of the breasts or a combination of both.

  • Is male breast reduction permanent?

The results are usually permanent in most cases but there could be a need for repeat surgery to treat complications or for suboptimal results. It is essential to adhere to a healthy lifestyle post-surgery. Significant weight gain, use of steroids, or certain medical conditions can result in a recurrence of the male breast. Apart from this, drugs that impact testosterone levels could also influence the results of gynecomastia surgery.

  • Is it worth getting gynecomastia surgery?

Yes, it is worth getting a gynecomastia surgery if:

  • Your confidence is low because of the breast-like appearance of your chest. 
  • You want to reduce mental stress caused by the appearance of your chest
  • Your enlarged male breast is preventing you from participating in daily activities 
  • You want an aesthetic looking body
  • What causes gynecomastia in males?

The major causes of gynecomastia in males include:

  • Fluctuation in hormone level. 
  • Accumulation of a large amount of fat nearby the chest area 
  • Pubertal changes
  • Major weight fluctuations and obesity
  • Medications 
  • Use of excess alcohol and recreational drugs
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Will there be scarring after gynecomastia surgery?

Yes, there will be scarring after the gynecomastia surgery. As the incision will be made near the chest and areola complex, this will make it barely noticeable. 

  • How much time does it take to recover from male breast reduction surgery?

The timeline for recovery varies for each patient depending on the extent of the reduction. Generally, most patients will be able to return to work within a week. Depending on the work type, it may take longer in some patients. Less strenuous exercises can be resumed two weeks after surgery and vigorous activities should be attempted four to six weeks after surgery.

  • How long does it take to see the results?

Most patients should be able to see an almost immediate improvement in their chest contour. There will be some swelling and bruising and it will take four to six months to view the complete results.

  • Is gynecomastia surgery covered by medicare & insurance? 

Medicare will not cover gynecomastia surgery performed purely for a cosmetic reason but it will cover gynecomastia surgery if it is deemed medically necessary and follows the following conditions:

  • You have a history of chronic pain
  • Your breast gland is of significant size
  • You have gynecomastia for over a year

The medicare item number for gynecomastia surgery is 31525: “Breast subcutaneous mastectomy for gynecomastia”.

For privately insured patients, depending on your insurance policy the insurance company may pay for some or all of your hospital fees. 

  • How much does gynecomastia surgery cost?

The expense for a male breast reduction surgery will differ for each patient. In order to get an approximate estimation, a thorough medical evaluation of the patient must be performed by the surgeon. 

The Melbourne price or cost for gynecomastia surgery includes the surgeon fee, hospital fees, anesthesia fees, prescriptions for medication, post-surgery garments, and medical tests. Please phone for an estimate.

  • What to do before gynecomastia surgery?

Before undergoing gynecomastia surgery, you should consider doing the following:

  • Provide your complete medical history to your surgeon
  • Be as fit as possible to aid the recovery process
  • Reach your optimal weight
  • Consult with your surgeon about your medications as some may need to be stopped
  • Stop smoking at least two weeks before surgery
  • Prepare a recovery area in your home

Medical References – Further Reading

Male Breast Reduction Consultation with Dr. Carmen Munteanu – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Carmen Munteanu MD. FRACS (Plas) is a very skilled and compassionate Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

She is one of Melbourne’s most experienced and sought-after female Plastic Surgeons specializing in aesthetic breast surgery and body contouring. That includes Male Breast Reduction and Body Surgery

Dr Carmen Munteanu – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Carmen Munteanu MD. FRACS (Plas) is a very skilled and compassionate Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

She is one of Melbourne’s most experienced and sought-after female Plastic Surgeons specialising in aesthetic breast surgery and body contouring. That includes Breast Reduction, Breast Lift, Breast Implant Surgery and Body Surgery.

With over 25 years of surgical experience in Plastic Surgery, Dr Carmen firmly believes that a good surgeon is first a good doctor. She will always take into consideration all the health aspects and personal circumstances of each patient.

A dedicated Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr Carmen is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Next Steps

Always Do Your Research

Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Carmen?

  • A medical referral is helpful but NOT essential for purely cosmetic consultations.
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Carmen – Carparking is available on site in Mitcham
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

How to Book Your Consultation with Dr Carmen

  • You can book your initial consultation with Dr Carmen Munteanu by paying the $275 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment.

Contact us or call on  1300 652 468  to arrange your consultation in Mitcham

Email us for more information: info@drcarmen.com.au