Gynaecomastia, often referred to as ‘man boobs’ is an abnormal growth of the male breast tissue that often occurs during puberty, or commonly as a result of recreational steroid use. If developed during puberty, it will often resolve itself when the hormones settle. Gynaecomastia cannot be solved through weight-loss, as it’s a growth of glandular tissue and cyst-like masses under the skins’ surface. It can be quite tender and the tissue/cysts needs to be surgically removed in what is known as a male breast reduction .
The Procedure – Gynaecomastia or Male Breast Reduction.
The incision to remove this tissue is made around the nipple to reduce the appearance of scarring. This depends of the patient, but your plastic surgeon will try to limit any visible scarring where possible. The cystic tissue will be removed by the surgeon and dissolvable stitches will be used to close the wound. Male breast reduction surgery is performed under general anaesthetic in a hospital accredited facility. Medicare rebates are available for this procedure.
Recovery & Risks
Patients will be required to wear a compression garment for 4-6 weeks to aid recovery. Normal activities can be resumed quite quickly and light exercise is recommended before returning to normal exercise activities after around 4 weeks. There are some risks associated with male breast reduction surgery, these include haematoma, infection and scarring. Ensure you’re fully informed of all possible complications prior to undergoing the procedure. Gynaecomastia, lumps can return once removed.