Male breast reduction


Gynaecomastia is the overdevelopment of breast tissue in males in either one or both breasts. Sometimes there is a temporary development of this during puberty but it usually resolves after 6 -12 months. It can develop as men age, or if there is a history of steroid use and weight gain. There are also a variety of other conditions that can cause this and Dr Rajapakse will discuss these possibilities with you at your consultation.

Male breast reduction surgery involves reduction of the breast tissue by excision of glandular tissue and/or fat removal by liposuction. In extreme cases excess skin is removed, resulting in a chest that is flatter, firmer and better contoured. The scar can usually be hidden along the border of the nipple, with the results of surgery being very successful.

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Male breast reduction FAQs

Is it right for me?

For men who feel self-conscious about their appearance, breast reduction surgery can help. The best candidates for surgery have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the body’s new contours. Surgery may be discouraged for obese or overweight men ho have not first attempted to correct the problem with exercise or weight loss. Also, individuals who drink alcohol in excess or smoke marijuana are usually not considered good candidates for surgery.

These drugs, along with anabolic steroids, may actually cause gynaecomastia (breast fullness in men) therefore patients are first directed to stop the use of these drugs to see if the breast fullness diminishes before surgery is considered an option.

Will I need anaesthesia?

Depending on the size and location of the skin lesion Dr Rajapakse performs surgery either under local anaesthesia with or without sedation or under general anaesthesia. Some procedures may be suitable for local anaesthetic and can be performed in the rooms.

If general anaesthesia or sedation is required Dr Rajapakse will engage the services of a qualified anaesthetist who is a fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists (FRANZCA).

Your anaesthetist will ask you about all the medications that you are taking or have taken and any allergies that you may have.

Will there be scarring?

Unfortunately scars are an inevitable part of any surgery and depending on how each person heals, there can be no guarantee for a perfect outcome.

Dr Rajapakse is highly skilled to minimize scarring and to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible by placing the incision in natural crease lines.

Scars do fade and if scarring is a concern for you after surgery, Dr Rajapakse will provide you with specially tailored treatment plan to expedite the healing of your scars.

Where is the surgery taking place?

All surgeries are performed either as a day case or overnight stay at a reputable internationally accredited facility.

What is the recovery period?

Recovery times vary from patient to patient and will also depend on the extent of the surgery. Prepare to have 7 days off work and allow for 3 weeks for all swelling and bruising to disappear. Light exercise may be resumed within 2-3 days but strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least 6 to 8 weeks. You will be given post-surgery instructions and a garment to wear.

What are the costs?

You have the right to be informed about the costs associated with you surgery.

When choosing a surgeon for your cosmetic surgery, remember that factors such as surgeon’s training, qualifications, experience and your comfort them are just as important.

Costs associated with the procedure may include:

  • Dr Rajapakse’s surgical fee
  • One year of Surgical follow up
  • Accredited hospital facility cost
  • Anaesthesia fee
  • Prescription for medications
  • Post- surgery garments
  • Medical tests

After your consultation an informed financial consent will be sent as well as an information pack to read before the second pre-surgery appointment. This second optional appointment is free of charge and your preoperative photos and measurements for your compression garment will be taken.

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