Gynaecomastia is a term that describes the overdevelopment of breast tissue in men. The condition can occur at three stages of life: in newborn babies, during puberty and in the elderly. Whilst the condition is medically benign, some men may have concerns relating to the appearance of this excess tissue.
Surgery for gynaecomastia, also called male breast reduction, is a common aesthetic solution to this issue. The procedure may involve excision of excess fat and liposuction, depending on the case. Speak to Dr Bish Soliman to learn more about what can be achieved from gynaecomastia surgery.
Gynaecomastia SurgeryWho is a good candidate?
Good candidates for male breast reduction (gynaecomastia surgery) are usually men who have been medically diagnosed with gynaecomastia. During your initial consultation, you will discuss your condition and medical history with Dr Soliman who will help you determine the possible causes of your excess breast tissue. He will then be able to develop a personalised surgical plan to treat your individual condition.
The procedure may not be for everyone. If you are overweight and are concerned about excess breast tissue, it is usually best to get closer to your goal weight before seeking surgery. This is because weight fluctuations after surgery can affect your chest size and impact your results. Additionally, it is highly recommended that you quit smoking at least six weeks before your surgery, as smoking can interfere with healing.
Gynaecomastia SurgeryCommon reasons for surgery
There are many reasons for the development of gynaecomastia, including increased estrogen activity and the use of drugs such as steroids. It is often a natural occurrence that often cannot be prevented or cured without surgical intervention. The condition can be triggered by:
- Hormonal changes
- Genetic conditions
- Systemic conditions such as liver or kidney pathology
- Certain medications that can interfere with hormone balance (such as steroids, some antidepressants and heart medication)
Gynaecomastia surgery can reduce this overgrowth of glandular tissue on the chest. The surgery is customised to the patient depending on the size and shape of the breasts, as well as the patient’s desired outcomes. The results can vary depending on the patient’s characteristics and surgical plan, which means you should discuss your expected results with Dr Bish prior to going ahead.
Your personal consultation
Before your procedure, get personalised guidance from highly Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Bish Soliman. With years of experience, he will tailor your treatment for your body, health, and ideal outcomes. Book your personal consultation to receive:
- In-depth information about your desired procedure
- Personalised advice from Dr Soliman
- A customised treatment plan tailored to your needs
Gynaecomastia SurgeryThe procedure
The procedure is perfomed under general anaesthsia given by an accredited anaesthetist at an accredited and licenced facility.
Male breast reduction (gynaecomastia surgery) can involve a number of techniques, depending on the patient and their condition. It usually involves either liposuction, surgical excision, or a combination of both. Typically, the procedure will take around two hours to complete.
During a surgical excision, Dr Bish makes a small incision under the nipple to remove excess breast gland. Incisions will follow your natural anatomy so as to be easily concealable. This open approach is often beneficial for patients with a large amount of excess tissue in the breast area. For procedures involving liposuction, small incisions (three to five millimetres) will be made to accommodate the insertion of cannulas. The fat tissue is then suctioned from the selected area.
Dr Bish will then close your incisions and wrap the area to hold the skin in place. In some cases, drains may be inserted to drain any excess fluid. These can be removed the next day.
You will be placed in a post operative garment and stay in hospital overnight.
Gynaecomastia SurgeryAfter the surgery
Following your male breast reduction (gynaecomastia surgery), you should have someone drive you home from the hospital. It is common to experience some pain and swelling. However, these effects are temporary and will subside as your body heals. We will prescribe pain medication in order to ease any discomfort during this period.
Dr Bish will give you instructions on how to care for your body during recovery. These instructions may include:
- Wearing the prescribed compression garment
- Taking oral pain medication
- Sleeping on your back with your head elevated
- Avoiding smoking and alcoholic drinks
- Staying hydrated and maintaining a healthy diet
- Refraining from exercise and strenuous activities
Learn More About Dr Bish Soliman
Dr Bish Soliman is a Sydney based Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon specialising in complex microsurgical reconstruction including breast reconstruction, aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body as well as skin cancer surgery.