The development of ‘man boobs’ is not uncommon. The condition is known by the term Gynecomastia, which means having over-developed, enlarged, or fatty breast tissues. It affects a number of men at different stages of their lifetimes. It may first appear during puberty or adolescence or when a male reaches his 30s, 40s, or 50s. Gynaecomastia is sometimes related to having an elevated body mass index (BMI). For instance, it occurs during Obesity, but it can also occur in slim and fit males.
When weight gain, lifestyle factors, genetic traits, and hormonal fluctuations lead to a more ‘feminine’ chest appearance in males, Male Breast Reduction Surgery can effectively treat Gynaecomastia. The aim of surgery is to reduce protruding breast tissues by removing sagging skin, excess fat, and glandular tissues.
That helps restore a flatter, firmer, and more masculine contour to the chest area.
Causes of Gynecomastia (Enlarged Male Breasts) may include:
Obesity & Weight Fluctuations
Hormonal changes that occur during adolescence
Genetics (Ethnicity or a Genetic Abnormality)
Increased levels of Oestrogen
Decreased levels of Testosterone
Chronic kidney or liver disease
Substance Use, Supplements, Soy products
Over-use of certain drugs (e.g. anabolic steroids, alcohol, marijuana)
What is Gynaecomastia characterized by?
Excess localized fat in the chest area can include the nipple area (puffy nipples).
Excess glandular tissue development.
Excess breast skin, such as redundant skin following weight loss.
Considering Nipple Reduction surgery? It is important to understand that there are two areas of the nipple that can be enlarged, the nipple itself or the area surrounding the nipple, known as the areola (or both).
The nipple itself may:
Appear noticeably wide.
Be uneven in shape or asymmetrical.
The areola (the area around the nipple) may:
Appear disproportionately large.
Be uneven or not round in shape.
Look “domed” or significantly raised compared to surrounding skin.
Candidates for Gynecomastia:
Male Breast Reduction surgery may be a good solution for men who would like to reduce the size and volume of their breast tissues.
This procedure helps reduce excess breast fat, and glandular tissue reshapes or resizes the nipples and restores a flatter, firmer chest appearance.
Male Breast Reduction surgery is an increasingly sought-after solution for men who have problems with persistent gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts), which can often cause embarrassment or self-consciousness for men of all ages.
To be considered a suitable candidate for Male Breast Reduction, you must have realistic expectations about what this procedure can achieve.
Common Reasons for Wanting a Male Breast Reduction Some of the reasons you may be exploring your surgical options for a breast and/or nipple reduction surgery include:
You are unhappy with the size of your chest area.
Your ‘man boobs’ cause you to feel self-conscious or embarrassed.
You are afraid to take your shirt off in front of others due to the appearance of your chest area.
You do not feel comfortable wearing fitted shirts or slimline clothing that shows your ‘man boobs’.
You have lost weight but have excess skin or fatty tissue in the chest area that you would like to reduce.
Your nipples are overly prominent, large, or puffy.
You are embarrassed by the appearance of your nipples and may feel uncomfortable in swimwear or fitted clothing that shows your nipples.
Before deciding on your surgeon or proceeding with the surgery, there are a few important things you should consider:
Is my preferred surgeon a highly-skilled, qualified, and experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon?
Is my procedure going to be performed in a fully accredited private hospital?
Am I in good health, and do I maintain a nutritionally healthy lifestyle?
Do I have realistic expectations about what Male Breast Reduction surgery can achieve?
Am I choosing to have surgery for the right reasons and at the right time?
Am I willing and able to undergo an initial recovery period of approximately 1-2 weeks?
The length of your recovery period will depend on your specific procedure and other health and lifestyle factors.
Recovery times can vary significantly from person to person. However, the general rule is that it takes 4-6 weeks for initial recovery following your surgery. Scar maturation often takes longer, up to a year or more. Be sure you wear your garment as instructed and take advantage of the Rapid Recovery products we provide to assist you during your healing and recovery.
You will need to work with your surgeon to allow for adequate and proper healing time. It is important to consult with your surgeon before returning to daily activities such as driving, lifting, and exercise and to wear the post-operative compression garments throughout your recovery period for the designated time frames.
Every patient is unique, and surgery results can vary from patient to patient. It is important to work collaboratively with your surgeon and to keep your expectations realistic.
Please keep in mind that your results from Gynecomastia surgery may be impacted by fluctuations in your weight, skin health, or Body Mass Index (BMI). Medications/supplements may also impact results.
To maximize the longevity of your Male Breast Reduction surgery results, it is important to maintain a healthy, nutritious lifestyle.
Surgical treatment may be the next viable solution for men who do not see their gynaecomastia improve on its own or through medical treatments and lifestyle changes.
The time taken to complete your procedure will depend on the surgical approach taken by your chosen Specialist Plastic Surgeon. Typically, Male Breast Reduction Surgery will take between 2-4 hours.
Anesthesia Depending on the particular surgical approach for your chosen procedure, a local anesthetic or a general anesthetic will be administered for your comfort during your surgical procedure.
The chest area may be injected with a solution to reduce blood loss, bruising, and swelling.
Depending on your needs and your chosen Specialist Plastic Surgeon’s preferred technique, small incisions may be made along a portion of the edge of the areola or within the armpit.
A thin tube (called a cannula) is inserted through the small incisions in the skin.
Targeted fat deposits and/or glandular tissue are reduced and suctioned out through the cannula, at the same time sculpting a new chest contour that looks natural to your body