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What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition that can make even the most confident man feel awkward and self-conscious. If you have developed this uncomfortable condition you may be considering gynecomastia surgery. Melbourne residents can book an appointment at our Melbourne Clinic for expert advice and treatment.
We are conveniently located at 9 Claremont Street, South Yarra, Melbourne. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.
Gynaecomastia, also referred to as “man boobs” is a common condition that causes the male breast tissue to swell and become enlarged. It is most common in teenage boys and older men.
In some cases, this breast tissue shrinks after puberty, but in many cases, the breasts remain enlarged. The occurrence of asymptomatic gynecomastia is 60% to 90% in children, 50% to 60% in adolescents and up to 70% in men aged 50 to 69 years.
What Causes Gynecomastia or Man Boobs?
The sudden onset of enlarged breast tissue, which is usually benign or noncancerous, is often linked to hormonal changes, however, in some cases the cause may not be clear.
Man boobs are often caused when the two hormones, testosterone and estrogen, are out of balance. Hormonal changes happen during puberty and as men age. Sometimes during these changes, the body makes less testosterone and more estrogen, resulting in enlarged breast tissue.
It may also be caused by diseases and other medical conditions such as:
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Lung cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Pituitary or adrenal gland tumours
- Thyroid disorders
- Obesity or weight gain
- Trauma or injuries that affect the testicles
Some medications such as chemotherapy, HIV, ulcer and cardiovascular medicines, antibiotics and antidepressants may cause this condition.
The use of recreational substances or anabolic steroids is also a common cause of gynecomastia. Genetics may also play a factor.
The Benefits of Gynecomastia Treatment or Male Breast Reduction Surgery
There are many physical and psychological benefits to having gynecomastia surgery namely
- Improved self-esteem and confidence
- A more masculine physique
- Able to participate in more physical activity without experiencing pain
- Improved posture
- Healthier weight
- Reduced back pain
- Enjoy more clothing options
- Lasting results
The first symptom of gynecomastia may start as a lump of glandular tissue under the nipple, which can be sore and tender.
One breast may be larger than the other, as swelling can happen unevenly.
It may be time to seek medical attention should your breast tissue become very swollen, and painful and there is a discharge from one or both nipples.
How is Gynecomastia Diagnosed
Firstly, a referral for a chest ultrasound test will be issued to confirm or exclude glandular gynecomastia. You will then be required to book an initial consult for us to assess, diagnose and recommend the best treatment plan for your individual requirements.
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How The Procedure Work
Firstly, a referral for a chest ultrasound test will be issued to confirm or exclude glandular gynecomastia.
From here we can schedule an initial consultation with your doctor. The consultation will consist of a thorough physical examination to properly examine the breast tissue as well as going over your medical history. We will assist in answering any questions or concerns you may have.
There are two types of male breast reduction procedures used to surgically treat gynecomastia and our expert doctors will recommend the most suitable course of action for your breast reduction surgery.
- Liposuction surgery may be used to remove the excess fatty breast tissue.
- Mastectomy surgery may be used to remove the glandular breast tissue.
- Often bost techniques are required for best results.
Why Choose Crown Clinic For Your Surgery in Melbourne
With over 20 years of experience in cosmetic surgery, our cosmetic doctors have the skill and expertise required for your gynecomastia surgery. We pride ourselves on always putting our patient’s safety and well-being first.
Our pricing is reasonable and realistic within a competitive and ever-changing market.
If you are a resident in Melbourne looking for gynecomastia surgery near you, please note we are conveniently located on Claremont street close to transport and parking.
How Much Does Gynecomastia
Surgery Cost in Melbourne
Gynecomastia surgery costs at our Melbourne clinic start from $4990, or $90/ fortnight. ZERO Interest when using our finance options.
This fee includes the doctor’s fee, theater fees, anaesthetic, as well as follow-up appointments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Gynecomastia surgery for Melbourne residents is worth getting if the condition is greatly affecting one’s self-esteem, confidence and quality of life.
It is normal to experience some pain and discomfort after any cosmetic surgery procedure. This typically lasts for up to 4 weeks and is dependent on each person’s pain tolerance.
The amount of excess tissue removed will have an impact on the recovery time. The typical recovery time for gynecomastia cosmetic surgery is 4 to 6 weeks. Patients can go back to work after 2 weeks.
Gynecomastia surgery performed by our specialist cosmetic doctor at our Melbourne clinics produce treatment results that can last indefinitely.
Results will be noticeable immediately after the procedure and will become more evident as the swelling subsides. Final results may take up to six months to be achieved.
It can take up to 8 weeks for the bruising and swelling to heal completely. It can take up to 2 years for the breast tissue to fully recover.
At our Melbourne Clinic, we will assess your condition and then advise if you are eligible for this procedure. It is recommended that you are in good health, you do not smoke and that you are at a healthy and stable weight to have this procedure done.
Exercise is not recommended for at least 4 weeks post-surgery, however, one should first get clearance from your doctor before resuming an exercise routine.
Generally, breast reduction surgery for gynecomastia is safe and most patients have smooth recoveries. Despite the greatest attention to safety on the part of the patient and doctor, complications may occur.
Common complications include bruising, bleeding, fluid collections, contour irregularities, loss of nipple skin, visible scarring, numbness of the nipples, inverted nipples, loose breast skin and asymmetries.
Gynecomastia surgery is generally safe but, like all surgeries, carries risks such as bleeding, infection, and scarring. Your doctor will discuss the specific risks associated with your procedure and how to minimise them. It’s important to follow all postoperative instructions to promote healing and reduce the risk of complications.