Dr Turner performs Male breast reduction or gynecomastia surgery under general anaesthesia in a fully accredited hospital with the assistance of a qualified anaesthetist. Expect the operation to take two hours, and you are discharged the same day – no overnight stay required.
Surgery involves removes excess fat and glandular tissue from the breasts, and in severe cases excess skin may also need to be removed. The surgery is usually done by a combination of liposuction to remove the excess fat and contour the chest wall, and a small incision around the lower part of the areola to resect the glandular breast tissue. The scars around the areola once healed are barely perceptible.
For the extremely enlarged and droopy male breast, a more significant breast reduction may be indicated. Extended male breast reduction involves removal of considerable breast tissue, fat and skin. This procedure may require larger incisions and create more conspicuous scars, as for female breast reductions.
Good candidates include men of any age who are healthy, emotionally stable and close to their ideal body weight. Generally, patients best suited for male breast reduction are those who are unhappy with the size or appearance of their breasts and experience physical discomfort.
Obese men are not ideal gynecomastia surgery candidates and should first attempt to correct their enlarged male breasts through weight loss and exercise. Also, men who drink alcoholic beverages in excess, or regularly smoke marijuana or take anabolic steroids should stop the use of these substances, as they may have caused their enlarged breasts. It is prudent to discontinue the use of these substances for four to six months before considering gynecomastia surgery.
Recovery from a male breast reduction procedure is generally quick and easy, and many patients can return to their normal activities after a few days. Strenuous exercise of the upper body and arms should be avoided for six weeks.
It is recommended that all patients are on bed rest for the first day. Patients who have undergone the gynecomastia procedure will experience discomfort for up to one week which is eased with pain medication. Each patient will wear surgical dressings and a compression garment for about 4-6 weeks. Most patients are back to work within 7-10 days.
You may experience some mild discomfort over the first week, for which you are prescribed oral pain medication. Mild swelling of the chest area and bruising will resolve within two to three weeks. A compression garment is worn under the clothes for six weeks to facilitate the best chest contour and minimise swelling.
The final results of male breast reduction surgery can take up to six months to be fully apparent.
All plastic surgery carries some risk and should only be performed by a specialist plastic surgeon, preferably with lengthy experience, to minimise complications. Dr Turner will cover the risks of Gyno Surgery in detail during your consultation.
During your consultation, Dr Turner will discuss your goals, and provide an in-depth explanation of your desired surgery and what that means for you. He can also discuss different surgical techniques, benefits, and risks of procedures available.
Most importantly, however, this is the time for you to have all of your questions answered and to be completely listened to and understood by your surgeon. We ask that you please come prepared with any questions you may have for Dr Turner, and look forward to discussing your individualised plan.
Ensure you have done your research, both on your desired surgery, as well as your surgeon.
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Male breast cancer is rare, but it does occur, usually in men in their 60s and 70s. It is often present on one side only, starting as a firm and painless lump. If you find a lump in your breast, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Dr Turner will ensure that scarring from your breast reduction is minimal. Incisions are positioned to be least noticeable, if not hidden, along the lower border of the areola, where the pink and white skin comes together. Within six to 12 months after surgery, most scars have usually faded to be indistinguishable from the surrounding skin.
Due to the natural ageing process and the effects of gravity. Facial ageing will unfortunately continue. With that being said, your face will always look younger than it did if you had never had a facelift done. Overall, this procedure tends to reset the clock, leading to a 10+ year advantage over individuals of the same age. If, over time, you would like an additional facelift, it is generally not as comprehensive as the initial surgery.
Most patients report discomfort after male breast reduction surgery, but not significant pain. As a precaution, long-acting local anaesthetic is injected during the procedure to minimise sensation during the first 24 hours after surgery. Pain relief medication is supplied for the early recovery period if required.
All stitches are dissolving. Dressing is put over wound to assist with healing. Compression vest worn for 6 weeks. You will usually need 1 week off work and can ease back into exercise after 4 to 6 weeks.
For most men with gynaecomastia there is no underlying abnormal condition that causes it to occur. After your examination with Dr Turner you may be required to get a blood test or ultrasound.
Male breast reduction surgery for gynecomastia is a cosmetic procedure, and in most cases only enough gland is removed to create a flat, contoured chest.
Although you can read about easy, non-surgical cures in the news and advertisements, and there is considerable ongoing research aimed at finding a way to reverse it without surgery, no effective medical treatment exists at this time.
Male breast reduction surgery may be performed with liposuction, but in most cases it is not an adequate technique when used alone. Removing the fat around the gland only can create an unnatural bulb, causing a “re-do” surgery in the future.
With any breast surgery, it is always possible to have a change in nipple sensation, and some patients report changes in sensation, while others do not experience any change at all.
Everyone’s recovery time is different, but most people resume daily activities 2-3 days after the procedure, and typically return to work around 1 to 2 weeks later. You can expect to be exercising again in 3-4 weeks. To optimize the healing process, you will be required to wear a surgical vest for up to two weeks following the procedure. Any stitches applied to incisions will dissolve naturally.
Most male breast reduction surgery is completed in as little as an hour depending on the nature of your procedure.
The effects are long lasting however if you gain weight following the procedure, fat cells can return to the chest area.
Examination of the consistency of your chest tissue by your surgeon, along with a series of blood and other diagnostic tests will determine whether your problem is due to gynaecomastia (glandular tissue) or just fat. Your surgeon will then advise you on the most appropriate course of treatment for your particular condition.
There are some men who are on medications known to cause gynecomastia, whether by prescription or illicitly. It is advisable to curtail all illicit substances for many reasons, beyond just the gynecomastia. If you are on prescription medicines that might be related to causing gynecomastia, discuss with your prescribing doctor whether there are alternative drugs for you to take.
Don’t worry you’re not alone. Approximately one third of the men suffer with gynecomastia. As many as 65% of 14 year old boys have this percent of these boys will have complete “recovery” within 18 to 36 months without any treatment and is usually caused by changes in hormones at puberty or as part of aging.
Sometimes, gynecomastia may be caused by prescription drugs (cardiac, high blood pressure meds, etc.), over-the-counter medicines (allergy, asthma meds, etc.), illegal drugs, tumours or disease (as liver problems).