A condition affecting men that involves an excess breast tissue, Gynaecomastia affects around 40-60 percent of the male population. With the unfortunate common name of ‘man boobs, the condition cannot only cause physical discomfort, but can create embarrassment and a lack of self-confidence in all situations. Male beast reduction is a body contouring procedure that can address the excess breast tissue and result in a flatter, smoother chest.

Most commonly occurring during puberty, Gynaecomastia can affect men of all demographics, shape and size. Breast enlargement in adolescent males occurs in up to 90% of the population but resolves itself as hormones come under control.

For some, the hormonal imbalance does not rectify itself with the higher levels of oestrogen causing the breast tissue growth. Older men, as their male hormones levels decrease, may also experience increased breast tissue.

The use of some prescription and recreational drugs (in particular anabolic steroids), genetics and chronic diseases, (particularly involving the kidney and liver) may also contribute to the condition.

Candidates for the procedure include:

  • Post adolescent males with excess breast tissue.
  • Older males suffering hormonal imbalance.
  • Males with excess breast tissue as a result of drug use, genetics or a chronic condition.

About the procedure:

Male breast reduction is a surgical procedure that most commonly involves a combination of liposuction to remove fatty tissue and the excision of dense breast tissue. Incisions are placed along the lower border of the areola (nipple) and positioned to be least noticeable. The surgery will be performed under a general anaesthetic and depending upon your recovery may involve a day surgery or an overnight stay.

What to expect after surgery:

You can expect to feel some discomfort after the procedure. During the procedure a long acting local anaesthetic will be injected to minimise sensation during the first 24 hours after surgery. Pain relief medication may also be administered if required.

Due to the small incisions during the procedure the scarring should be minimal. The small scarring that does occur should fade within six to twelve months, especially if the scar management plan is adhered to.

Following surgery you will be required to wear a compression vest for several weeks under your clothing. This is to assist with swelling and wound healing. Light exercise can be undertaken during this recovery period. It is important to avoid resistance training and activity which causes sweating.

Most take 3 to 4 days off work if they are in office based roles. Those undertaking physical work will be required to take longer off work.

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