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MALE BREAST

REDUCTION

Gynecomastia is when breast tissue in boys and men is too prominent. When the breast tissue is overly bulky, it can result in embarrassment and restriction of social activities such as swimming or exercise.

Male breast reduction surgery can address just the fat through liposculpture but can also be combined with removing excessive breast gland tissue.

MALE BREAST

REDUCTION

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What causes male breasts to occur?

The cause of prominent male breasts (sometimes called “man boobs”) is often unknown but may be related to excessive oestrogen, the use of certain medications, and simply ageing.

There are two types of tissues that can produce a protuberant breast or chest: fat, and glandular breast tissue. In general, glandular tissue is firmer compared to fat and may require excision to flatten the chest adequately. If the problematic tissue is fat, liposuction is preferred to achieve a flatter chest.

Further medical tests may be required to check if the underlying problem is hormonal and may require special treatment.

Q & A

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Which operation is the best one for me?

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There are two types of operation performed for this problem depending on the anatomical problem:

1. Excessive fat – if no firm, glandular tissue can be felt behind the nipples and the chest feels soft then most likely the problem is one of too much fat tissue. Liposculpture of the chest can improve the shape.

2. Excessive glandular tissue – firm tissue behind the nipples. A surgical procedure is required to remove the enlarged breast tissue.

In some men, both problems exist, and if this is the case can be addressed at the same operation.

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Why consider male breast reduction surgery?

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Dr David Topchian has performed this surgery for hundreds of men. He uses a Vaser ultrasound to help remove fat and glandular tissue. This is a small-scar technique with minimal downtime. Most men are back to work in three days.

This is an in-clinic procedure in our Melbourne practice. We offer an all-inclusive surgical and recovery package, which we will explain at our consultation.

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How does it work?

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The excess fat is removed using a liposculpture technique under a general anaesthetic. A cannula is passed through small 3 mm incisions under the skin to extract fat under negative pressure.

For men with overgrowth of glandular tissue as the main problem, an incision is made at the lower half of the nipple, and the glandular tissue is removed. Sutures are used to close the incision, which generally heals well.

The procedure usually takes around an hour, and patients can go home after a period of observation.

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What is the recovery time?

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Most patients feel a little sore for two or three days and can usually return to work after immediately visible effective days.

A compressive garment is worn for four weeks to promote healing. If sutures are used, they are removed at the one week stage. Antibiotics are taken to reduce the chance of an infection.

Pain is manageable with simple medication. Patients are encouraged to commence gentle activity the day after their procedure and usually get back to normal exercise after three to four weeks.

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Are there visible scars?

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For most people, the scars are nearly invisible and cannot be seen after a few months of healing and remodelling of the tissues in the area.

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