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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
  • Obesity
  • 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

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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.

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About Dr Bish Soliman

Dr Bish Soliman - Sydney Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, about us 01 2x
Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon
FRACS (Plas), MS (Plas), MBBS (Hons 1), BCom

AHPRA Registered Medical Practitioner MED 0001679053 Specialist Registration in Plastic Surgery

Dr Bish Soliman is a Sydney-based Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who performs aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body as well as skin cancer surgery.

He currently holds two consultant microsurgery positions in major Sydney hospitals performing complex microsurgical reconstruction including DIEP breast reconstruction.

After graduating from The King’s School, Dr Bish completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Sydney. After working briefly at a major Sydney finance firm, he decided to pursue his passion and long-term goal of a career in medicine. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame at the top of his class, receiving First class honours and the prestigious Bower and Sherrard medal. He then went on to complete his junior medical training at Westmead Hospital during which time he was awarded Junior Medical Officer (JMO) of the Year, as well as a finalist for NSW Doctor of the Year.

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Next Steps

Do your Research

  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read the risks and complications page
  • Visit our procedure pages and Blogs to learn more about your intended procedure

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Bish
  • Take notes during the consultation and review all the documents provided
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider your options
  • You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear comfortable clothes

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

  • Call us to find out more about surgery pricing and how you can pay for your surgery
  • Request more information about your procedure – call or contact us.

How to Book Your Consultation

  • A GP Medical Referral is now essential to see Dr Bish Soliman for any type of surgery.
  • You can book your consultation with Dr Bish Soliman by paying the consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment.

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