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Gynaecomastia Surgery Melbourne

What is Gynaecomastia?

Gynaecomastia is the enlargement of breast tissue in males, a condition that can occur at any age. It manifests as an increase in glandular tissue, predominantly due to hormonal imbalances. Environmental factors, medication, and certain health conditions can also contribute to its development. This condition can cause physical discomfort and affect the appearance of the chest.

Potential Outcomes of Gynaecomastia Surgery

The primary goal of gynaecomastia surgery is to reduce the breast size and address the chest shape. Potential outcomes include:

  • A flatter, firmer chest area
  • Relief from discomfort associated with excessive breast tissue.
  • Long-term resolution of the symptoms, provided there are no significant hormonal fluctuations or weight gain.

Surgical Approach to Gynaecomastia

At Niche Plastic Surgery, we consider surgery for gynaecomastia when other treatments have not resolved the condition. The surgical methods employed typically include a combination of liposuction and tissue excision. The procedure aims to reduce breast size and change the chest contours.

Determining Suitability for surgery

The decision to proceed with surgery to address gynaecomastia is based on several criteria:

  • The presence of significant breast gland tissue
  • Stability of breast development, particularly in adolescents
  • Good overall health and lifestyle habits, including the absence of smoking and substance use
  • A thorough understanding of the surgical process and realistic expectations of outcomes

Anaesthesia and Surgery

Most gynaecomastia surgeries are performed under general anaesthesia in hospital, to ensure comfort and efficacy during the operation.

Risks & Potential Complications

Risks and possible complications of Gynaecomastia include:

  • Scarring: Visible scars around the areola or in the chest.
  • Haematoma: Blood accumulation under the skin.
  • Infection: Infection at the incision site.
  • Seroma: Fluid accumulation under the skin.
  • Poor Wound Healing: Delayed healing or wound separation.
  • Nipple Sensation Changes: Temporary or permanent changes in nipple sensation.
  • Asymmetry: Uneven appearance of the chest.
  • Skin Necrosis: Loss of skin or nipple tissue due to inadequate blood supply.
  • Anaesthesia Risks: Complications related to anaesthesia.

Recovery

Recovery protocols involve wearing compression garments, managing pain, and limiting physical activity to ensure optimal healing.

Call us to Discuss Your Gynaecomastia Options

Scheduling a one-on-one consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon is the best way to find out if gynaecomastia surgery is right for you. If you need more information or wish to schedule a consultation with one of our FRACS qualified surgeons, call Niche Plastic Surgery on 9853 9705.

Gynaecomastia FAQs

What are the key benefits of undergoing gynaecomastia surgery?

The surgery aims to reduce the size of enlarged male breasts, which can minimise discomfort and change the aesthetic appearance of the chest.

How long is the recovery period after gynaecomastia surgery?

Typically, patients can return to work and light activities within a week or two post-surgery. However, full recovery and the final results can take 3 to 4 months.

Are the results of gynaecomastia surgery permanent?

The results can last if hormonal imbalances are addressed and stable weight is maintained. However, significant weight gain, hormonal changes, or certain medications can alter the results.

Will there be visible scarring after surgery?

Scarring is dependent on the extent of the surgery. Incisions are generally small and strategically placed to minimize visibility. Over time, these incision lines typically fade and become less noticeable.

What are the financial considerations for gynaecomastia surgery?

Costs vary based on the complexity of the surgery. They will typically include the surgeon’s fee, anaesthesia, hospital facilities, and any necessary post-operative garments. It’s important to discuss all costs upfront during the consultation phase to ensure clarity.