Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia) is a common condition of the male breast where there is a benign glandular enlargement of the breast or an accumulation of fat tissue in the breast.

Gynaecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men. It usually consists of two types of tissue: the breast tissue proper and fatty tissue in the breast. Gynaecomastia can occur in one or both breasts. For men who feel self-conscious about their appearance, surgery to remove breast tissue can help. The procedure removes fat or glandular tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases removes excess skin, resulting in a chest that is flatter, firmer, and better contoured. Gynaecomastia surgery can enhance your appearance and self-confidence.

The Procedure

Depending on the underlying condition, the excess fat and / or glandular breast tissue is either suctioned out via liposuction or cut out. When it is cut out, the incisions are usually well hidden around the areola. For small amounts of fat, our surgeons may perform surgery in the office under local anaesthetic, but with larger volumes the surgery is performed at a hospital under general anaesthesia.

Recovery from Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Recovery depends on the extent of surgery required for your condition. You should be able to return to work after three to four days, even with the largest reductions.

gynaecomastia-dr-sanki-silkwood-medical-sydney-1
View Before & After Gallery

Frequently Asked Questions

Gynaecomastia surgery is usually performed in men who have noticed that there breasts have been growing and are difficult to hide under clothing. Breast growth usually occurs following hormonal spurts during adolescence or in old age. Your surgeon will take a full history and examination to exclude other causes for the gynaecomastia such as hormonal imbalances and medication side effects. The surgery can be performed in healthy men of any age.
Fat cells that are removed surgically or using liposuction cannot grow back. A small amount of breast tissue is left behind the areola to give a natural appearance to your chest and also to prevent unsightly, “operated” indentations of the areolae. This breast tissue can grow if it is subject to further hormonal stimulation.
Gynaecomastia surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital such as St George Private, East Sydney private or Kareena private hospitals. Most patients are able to go home on the same day of surgery or after one night in hospital. If a large amount of skin is to be removed or if the operation is combined with another body contouring procedure, then you will be sent home after 2 to 3 nights. The degree of pain experienced largely reflects the amount of skin, fat and breast tissue that needs to be removed.
Gynaecomastia surgery results in a small, 2.0 cm scar that extends around your areola. Occasionally an additional small scar will be used to insert a drain or to insert a liposuction cannula.
The cost of male breast reduction surgery (liposuction only) is determined by the expected complexity and duration of your operation and will be estimated following your first consultation. Prices start from

Insured: $5,650

Uninsured: $9,900

including the surgeon’s fee, assistant’s fee, anaesthetist’s fee, hospital stay, garment and 12 months post-op care.

The cost of male breast reduction surgery (tissue) is determined by the expected complexity and duration of your operation and will be estimated following your first consultation. Prices start from

Insured: $7,600

Uninsured: $11,900

including the surgeon’s fee, assistant’s fee, anaesthetist’s fee, hospital stay, garment and 12 months post-op care.

Male breast reduction surgery (liposuction only) may attract an item number from Medicare which allows you to claim a rebate if you have prominent breast tissue that can be identified on an ultrasound. If you have the appropriate level of health insurance cover, they may pay for your theatre and accomodation fees. The Medicare item number is 45585.

Male breast reduction surgery (tissue)  may attract an item number from Medicare which allows you to claim a rebate if you have prominent breast tissue that can be identified on an ultrasound. If you have the appropriate level of health insurance cover, they may pay for your theatre and accomodation fees. The Medicare item number is 31525.

Scars are a part of all surgery. A vertical arm lift results in a long scar that looks like a seam at the back of your arm. You will be advised how to improve the quality of your scar with silicone ointment or taping. In addition, the scar will only be visible to people standing behind you with your arms fully exposed.
Depending on the level of correction needed, liposuction may be required to achieve the final desired contour.
Regular exercise can improve muscle tone, but exercise would not affect skin that had lost its elasticity.
Liposuction is a good surgical alternative in people with excellent skin tone and thick arms. Liposuction is a day surgery procedure performed in hospital. CoolSculpting is also an effective method for removing fat cells from the arms of patients with good quality skin. It is performed on site at Silkwood Medical without an anaesthetic and takes one hour for each arm to complete a treatment.
You will be seen daily in hospital by your surgeon. On rare occasions when your surgeon is working at another location, you will be seen by another member of the surgical team (the anaesthetist, surgical registrar or another surgeon in the practice).

 

When you go home, you will be seen within a week of your discharge. Thereafter, the follow up protocol will be determined by you and your surgeon.

Regular appointments are made to check that you have reached your aesthetic goals and that your scars and contour are continuing to improve.

You will be given a Plastic Surgery Recovery guide upon booking your surgery. This is a highly valuable document that explains in great detail all of your after care for surgery.

Contact us to discuss Male Breast Reduction

I would like to
 Be contacted to arrange an appointment Get further information on the procedure
How did you hear about us?