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Melbourne Male Breast Reduction Surgery (Man Boobs / Gynecomastia)

When a male develops excess tissue in the breasts, he may have a condition known as gynaecomastia. Gynaecomastia characteristics include a non-cancerous (i.e., benign) disc of palpable tissue beneath the nipple. Gynaecomastia can occur unilaterally or bilaterally. This condition may develop when a male experiences an increase in the ratio of oestrogen to androgen activity or due to excessive weight gain. Sometimes, individuals refer to enlarged male breasts as man boobs. At Chelsea Cosmetics in Melbourne, Australia, experienced surgeons help men rectify gynaecomastia with a male breast reduction (aka gynaecomastia surgery, man-boob surgery).

The Symptoms Associated With Gynaecomastia That a Male Breast Reduction in Melbourne, Australia, Addresses

When a male has enlarged breasts, he may experience breast pain. This pain ranges from a mild sensitivity to a continuous tension that is accompanied by pain. After gynaecomastia surgery, and once recovery is complete, the patient no longer experiences pain in the breast. In addition, many men with enlarged breasts avoid participating in certain activities and refrain from wearing clothing that fits snugly.

After gynaecomastia surgery, men no longer avoid:

  • Going to the gym.
  • Spending time at the beach.
  • Participating in activities involving a pool.
  • Wearing snug, form-fitting tops.

The surgeons at Chelsea Cosmetics frequently perform male breast reduction procedures. Their extensive knowledge allows them to answer patients’ questions about gynaecomastia in great detail.

When Does Gynaecomastia Become Apparent?

Enlarged male breasts can become apparent at any time. It may be present during infancy, become evident during puberty, or develop over time due to age. Weight changes are another contributing factor to a male’s development of enlarged breasts.

What Causes Male Breast Enlargement?

From excess weight, to medications to health issues, there are numerous reasons for the development of gynaecomastia.

Excess Body Fat

One of the most common causes of enlarged male breasts is excess breast tissue following the loss of a significant amount of weight. For example, men who undergo weight loss surgery (e.g., gastric sleeve surgery, gastric banding) frequently develop gynaecomastia as they lose the excess weight.

How excess body fat causes enlarged male breasts:

Aromatase is an enzyme within the fat cell that is responsible for converting testosterone into oestrogen. When a male has excess body fat, there are more aromatase enzymes present, which leads to the conversion of more hormones into oestrogen. This extra oestrogen can result in the development of a form of gynaecomastia that is referred to as pseudogynaecomastia.

What Is the Difference Between Pseudogynaecomastia and True Gynaecomastia?

Men with obesity typically have pseudogynaecomastia (i.e., excess fat in the breast).

True gynaecomastia refers to the development of a firm disc of subareolar tissue located just beneath the nipple. Occasionally, gynaecomastia results from a collection of dispersed fibroglandular tissue resembling that which is found in the female breast.

Certain Medications

Medications that alter hormone levels could lead to the development of enlarged breasts in males.

Medications that can alter hormones include:

  • Heart medications.
  • Antibiotics.
  • Steroids.
  • AIDS medications.
  • Ulcer medications.
  • Antidepressants.

Since certain medications can lead to the development of enlarged breasts, it is vital that patients inform their surgeon which medications they take regularly.

Before & After


Male Breast Reduction Before & After at Chelsea Cosmetics Melbourne

Some Health Conditions

There are health conditions linked to the development of enlarged male breasts.

These conditions include:

  • Kidney failure.
  • Obesity.
  • Tumours.
  • Chromosomal disorders.
  • Obesity.
  • Malnutrition.
  • Cirrhosis.
  • Hyperthyroidism.
  • Hypogonadism.

Recreational Drug Use

Besides the other negative effects associated with the use of recreational drugs, some of which are potentially fatal, the development of gynecomastia can also be a side effect of substance abuse.

Some of the most common recreational drugs known to cause enlarged male breasts include:

  • Methadone.
  • Amphetamines.
  • Marijuana.
  • Heroin.

The Frequent Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages

Alcoholic beverage consumption can have an effect on an individual’s hormone levels. In addition, alcohol can alter the fat-to-muscle ratio, as well as increase an individual’s Body Mass Index (BMI).

Non-surgical Treatment for Gynaecomastia: Eliminate Whatever Is Causing the Development of Excess Tissue

Many times, a man with gynaecomastia only needs to remove its precipitating cause. For example, if his excess breast tissue results from a medication he is taking, discontinuing its use should resolve the problem.

Diet Changes Can Alleviate Breast Tissue Development

Besides helping with weight loss, a plant-based diet can reduce an individual’s exposure to xeno-oestrogens.

What Are Xeno-oestrogens?

Xeno-oestrogens are xeno-hormones that imitate oestrogen, which is why it can cause a man’s breast size to increase.

Much of the meat and dairy products available today contain xeno-oestrogens. The most concerning products are the meat and dairy from cows receiving bovine growth factors.

Today, due to the many plant-based alternatives to meat (e.g., Impossible Foods) and dairy (e.g., Bonsoy) available in Australia, it is easier now than ever before to remove the foods containing xeno-oestrogens from one’s diet. Adopting a plant-based diet is environmentally beneficial, highly ethical and, most of all, a great way to stay healthy.

Adopting a Plant-based Diet in Melbourne, Australia: Getting Started

The biggest step in implementing a plant-based diet is getting started. Then, to stay on track, the plant-based foods and beverages have to taste delicious.

The surgeons at Chelsea Cosmetics in Melbourne, Australia, know this, which is why they provide the extremely helpful information below:

gynecomastia treatment melbourne

Gynecomastia can occur in boys and men of all ages and is most common in infancy and adolescence and middle-aged to older men. This benign proliferation of the glandular component of the male breast and is caused by an increase in the ratio of oestrogen to androgen activity.

Could an Enlarged Male Breast Be a Sign of Something Serious?

Yes, although enlarged male breasts usually result from a hormonal imbalance, men have to find out the true reason for their symptoms. As such, enlarged breasts should never be disregarded or simply written off as a lifestyle problem or merely a cosmetic issue.

A Detailed Evaluation to Determine the Cause of Gynaecomastia

A man experiencing breast pain, or a man whose breasts have recently become enlarged, must undergo a highly detailed evaluation. Besides checking for breast cancer, this evaluation must include ruling out the possibility of a testicular tumour.

Who Should Consider a Male Breast Reduction in Melbourne, Australia?

Men who have enlarged breasts and nipples, breasts that look puffy or skin that sags in the chest area may want to consider learning more about male breast reduction surgery.

What gynaecomastia surgery is not:

Procedures to address enlarged male breasts are not the answer to attaining a great body. Instead, man-boob surgery addresses a specific condition. In other words, if a man’s breasts enlarge due to weight gain, he should resolve this issue by making positive lifestyle choices (e.g., eating healthy, staying active).

An Initial Consultation for Man-Boob Surgery

Since male breast reduction surgery is not always the best option, it is crucial that men discuss their symptoms, desires, as well as their expected outcome. It is during this initial consultation that the surgeon determines if an individual is a good candidate for gynaecomastia surgery.

During the patient’s consultation, the surgeon wants to know details about his medical history. These details include the prescription and over-the-counter medications that he is currently taking. In addition, the patient should inform the surgeon about any herbal supplements or vitamins he takes regularly.

If the patient has undergone surgery in the past, he needs to let the surgeon know what that surgery was and the year he had the operation.

Patients who have experienced an allergic reaction to latex or a medication must inform the surgeon of these allergies during this appointment. In addition, if a patient previously had a negative side effect to the anaesthesia (e.g., nausea directly after surgery), he should tell the surgeon because there are medications available to prevent post-surgical nausea resulting from anaesthesia.

After reviewing the patient’s medical history, and asking about the results that he desires, the surgeon examines the patient’s breasts. As part of the examination, the cosmetic surgeon may take measurements and, if the patient chooses to move forward, he should expect a staff member or his surgeon to take a series of photographs. These photographs and measurements are reference tools that the surgeon uses during the creation of the patient’s personalised plan for male breast reduction surgery.

Reasons a Surgeon May Recommend a Male Breast Reduction

When a man’s breast size starts interfering with his daily life, a surgeon may recommend exploring the possibility of a male breast reduction.

A man experiencing breast pain, who has already undergone previous testing to rule out a more serious diagnosis, may be a good candidate for man-boob surgery. In addition, a man who feels embarrassed about the way his breasts look or who is experiencing emotional discomfort due to the size of his breasts, may receive a recommendation for gynaecomastia surgery.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Male Breast Reduction Surgery in Melbourne, Australia?

If, during the initial consultation, the surgeon determines that the patient is at a stable weight and lifestyle changes cannot resolve his gynaecomastia symptoms, the patient will most likely receive a recommendation for male breast reduction surgery.

The benefits associated with gynaecomastia surgery include:

  • A more youthful-looking profile.
  • An elimination of the patient’s man boobs.
  • A decrease in how far the patient’s nipples protrude.
  • An increase in self-confidence.
  • A slimmer profile.
  • An improvement in the muscle definition of the patient’s chest.

Preparing for Gynaecomastia Surgery in Melbourne, Australia

If a patient has surgical complications, or develops a complication after surgery, he could experience an uncomfortable and extremely painful recovery. Nonetheless, patients can reduce the likelihood of experiencing complications by taking some steps before their male breast reduction procedure.

Avoid Alcoholic Beverages for 2 Days Before and 2 Days After Surgery

Alcohol increases inflammation, which is why patients need to avoid drinking these beverages before and after surgery. Furthermore, patients usually receive pain medication following their male breast reduction in Melbourne, Australia. Drinking alcoholic beverages while taking pain medication can be dangerous. It can also result in complications, negatively affecting the body’s ability to heal.

Discontinue Smoking and Stop Using Chewing Tobacco at least 4 Weeks Before and 4 Weeks After Gynaecomastia Surgery

Following this requirement is vital because smoking and using products that contain nicotine can inhibit the body’s ability to heal.

Stop Taking Certain Medications, Vitamins and Herbs 10 Days Before, and 10 Days After Surgery

Certain medications can have a negative impact during surgery (e.g., causing unnecessary bleeding) or throughout recovery (e.g., preventing the clotting process). These medications must be avoided for the 10 days that lead up to the male breast reduction, as well as the 10 days directly thereafter.

Medications to avoid include aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), ibuprofen and blood thinners. Patients who require medication during the 10 days before surgery can use acetaminophen (aka Tylenol). If a patient receives medication after surgery, he should ask his surgeon about which medications are safe to take together.

Vitamins and herbal supplements can also cause unnecessary problems during and after surgery; therefore, patients must stop taking these products 10 days before and 10 days after surgery as well.

Prescription and Doctor Recommended Products

Patients who are taking medications (i.e., prescription or over-the-counter), vitamins or herbs at the direction of their physician must continue taking these products, as prescribed, until they speak with their doctor about modifications.

Driving Restrictions

Following the use of anaesthesia, individuals cannot drive for at least 24 hours; therefore, on the day of surgery, patients need to bring a driver with them. Furthermore, besides this 24-hour timeframe, to prevent aggravating his chest, the patient needs to refrain from driving for at least 2 weeks.

For safety’s sake, patients taking pain medication must continue to refrain from driving even after reaching the 2-week mark. Driving should not resume until he is no longer taking pain medication.

An Overnight Caregiver

The surgeons at Chelsea Cosmetics prefer that their patients have an overnight caregiver.

Addressing Enlarged Male Breasts with Liposuction, the Tissue Excision Method or a Combination of the Two

The surgical procedure steps for the treatment of enlarged male breasts depend on its severity. Some patients only require liposuction, whereas, to provide the patient with optimal results, the surgeon may need to excise the tissue in the breast manually. Nonetheless, there are times when the surgeon uses both techniques (i.e., liposuction and the tissue excision method) to accomplish the changes the patient desires.

The Tissue Excision Method Offers Patients More Benefits Than Liposuction

While performing the tissue excision method, the surgeon can remove the dense glandular tissue, as well as any excess skin.

Liposuction may not be an effective option for the removal of the denser glandular tissue.

A Customised Surgical Treatment Plan

Prior to a male breast reduction procedure, the surgeon discusses the specifics of the patient’s customised surgical treatment plan.

Male breast reduction surgery can take from 1 to 3 hours.

The Liposuction Technique Addresses Pseudogynaecomastia

When fat is the primary cause of the patient’s increased breast size, the surgeon may only need to use liposuction.

The patient may remain awake during his liposuction procedure, only receiving local anaesthesia in the treatment areas.

Once the areas are numb, the surgeon creates several small incisions.

Then, the cosmetic surgeon injects tumescent fluid into the subcutaneous fat within the chest. This fluid consists of epinephrine, lidocaine and saline.

The epinephrine shrinks the capillaries, which helps reduce bleeding, the lidocaine is a numbing medication and saline is simply salt water. The tumescent fluid makes it easier for the surgeon to break up the fat using a thin hollow tube (i.e., a cannula) before suctioning it out.

Even a patient who only receives local anaesthesia needs to bring a driver. Moreover, to prevent increasing the side effects of male breast reduction surgery, patients need to refrain from driving for approximately 2 weeks.

Gynaecomastia Treatment Using the Tissue Excision Method: Procedure Steps

The patient receives anaesthesia.

When the surgeon uses the tissue excision method or the combination tissue excision with liposuction method, to ensure that the patient remains comfortable throughout his surgery, he receives medications that cause him to fall asleep.

Anaesthesia options for these gynaecomastia procedures include general anaesthesia, which places the patient into a deep sleep or intravenous sedation, which places the patient into a lighter sleep.

When a patient has true gynaecomastia, has excess skin or requires a nipple-areola reduction and repositioning, the tissue excision method is the technique plastic surgeons use. The incision pattern a surgeon chooses varies depending on surgical preference as well as the unique aspects of each patient.

Some patients receive a combination technique that includes the tissue excision method and liposuction.

After closing the incisions, the surgeon places gauze over them.

What to Expect Directly After Male Breast Reduction Surgery

After their male breast reduction surgery, patients receive compression garments. These garments must be worn continuously for at least 14 days. After these initial 14 days have passed, the patient can begin wearing the compression garment for 12 hours, instead of 24. The patient can decide whether he wears his garment during the day or at night. Wearing the compression garment as directed is essential because disregarding this requirement can negatively affect the final results.

For drainage purposes, some patients receive a small, thin tube just beneath their skin. It provides a place for excess fluid and blood to exit the body. Allowing these fluids to exit reduces inflammation, which decreases the patient’s pain level. The surgeon removes this tube a few days after surgery.

Patients, who underwent liposuction or a combination liposuction with the tissue excision method, will also receive a binder. The patient wears this binder during the first week of recovery. This binder ensures that any remaining tumescent fluid drains away from the patient’s chest area.

Before the patient leaves the recovery area to head home with his driver, he receives important information about:

  • Caring for his incisions.
  • Wearing his binder and compression garment.
  • When to return for his follow-up visit.
  • The signs and symptoms that could indicate a complication.
  • The restrictions he needs to follow.
  • When to return to Chelsea Cosmetics for drain and suture removal.

Recovering After a Male Breast Reduction in Melbourne, Australia

Every patient is unique, which means recovery experiences are too. The timeline below provides a general overview of the recovery process.

Typical Recovery Timeline Following a Male Breast Reduction

Days 1, 2 and 3

Following gynaecomastia surgery in Melbourne, Australia, patients typically have bruising and experience discomfort with slight pain. Nonetheless, patients receive medication to help manage these symptoms. Resting during this stage of recovery is essential. To maintain adequate circulation in the lower extremities, patients should walk around periodically.

7 Days Post-op

Most patients can return to work, perform light exercises and take a shower.

14 Days After a Male Breast Reduction in Melbourne, Australia

At this point, as long as patients refrain from putting pressure on their chest, they can return to their normal activities.

Weeks 3 and 4 of Recovery

The patient’s inflammation has decreased substantially, which means that he can discontinue wearing his compression garment. In addition, he can take baths.

6 Weeks After Gynaecomastia Surgery

Patients can return to their exercise regimens and sleeping styles.

Tips for a Smooth Recovery Following a Male Breast Reduction Procedure

Although patients receive pain medication to address their post-surgical symptoms, there are things that they can do to improve their recovery process.

Male Breast Reduction Recovery Tips

Stay Hydrated

Neglecting to drink enough water can result in complications. In addition, dry skin can cause the surgical area to appear blotchy.

Get Plenty of Rest

The body heals the best during sleep. Therefore, getting plenty of rest is vital to a smooth recovery.

Avoid Placing Pressure on the Chest

This is especially important during the first week of recovery. Patients must sleep on their back, propping themselves up at a 45-degree angle. Patients need to speak to their surgeon before they begin sleeping on their stomach or side.

Follow the Surgeon’s Instructions About Wearing Post-surgical Garments

Post-surgical garments (e.g., binders and compression garments) help reduce inflammation and prevent fluid from building up within the chest cavity. In addition, these garments provide support for the surgical incisions while they heal. Furthermore, wearing these garments can speed up the healing process and prevent infection.

Manage Post-operative Symptoms Appropriately

One of the best ways to reduce discomfort and decrease pain after a male breast reduction in Melbourne, Australia, is to follow the surgeon’s directions about taking pain medication. Following these directions helps patients remain comfortable as they recover.

Bruising in the treatment area is likely and it typically lasts for about 3 weeks. If the bruising persists past the 3-week mark, or the bruising is severe, patients need to contact their surgeon at Chelsea Cosmetics by calling +61 3 8822 3472. The surgeon may be able to prescribe additional medications to resolve the bruising.

For the Initial 2 Days of Recovery, Patients Must Not Shower or Bathe

While showering and bathing must be avoided during this time, it is okay to take a sponge bath.

Good Wound Care Is Crucial

Until the surgeon removes the patient’s wound coverings, he needs to keep his surgical wounds dry and covered with gauze.

Use Cryotherapy to Reduce Inflammation

Ice packs can help reduce inflammation, which also decreases the patient’s pain level. Nonetheless, to prevent freezer burns, patients must avoid placing the ice directly upon the skin. Instead, patients should wrap these ice packs in a towel.

Limit the Amount of Time Spent in the Sun

Exposing surgical incisions to UV light while they are still in the process of healing can lead to permanent, highly visible scars.

Returning to Work (Or School)

When a patient returns to work depends on his occupation. Nonetheless, most patients can return once they reach the 2-week mark. Individuals whose work requires them to perform strenuous activities or spending a great deal of time in the sun cannot return to work for approximately 6 weeks.

Wear Loose, Comfortable and Breathable Tops

Choosing these kinds of tops allows the incisions to breathe. Moreover, loose tops should make it easier for the patient to move his arms.

Follow-up Appointments Are Important

Attending post-op appointments is essential because it is during these appointments that the surgeon determines how well the patient is healing. At these appointments, the surgeon determines when a patient can resume his normal activities.

Signs and Symptoms that Could Indicate a Complication

Patients who experience any of the signs and symptoms below need to contact Chelsea Cosmetics in Melbourne, Australia, at +61 3 8822 3472 right away.

Signs and symptoms to watch for include:

A Fever

A fever could indicate that an infection is present before any bleeding or oozing of fluid from the incision occurs.

Signs of Infection

Bleeding or oozing fluid from an incision site could be a symptom of infection. Reporting bleeding or oozing fluid right away can prevent additional complications from arising.

Leg Pain and Inflammation

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a potential complication for people who have general anaesthesia during surgery. Patients experiencing inflammation and pain in their legs (especially if these symptoms are only present in one of the individual’s lower extremities). DVT occurs when a blood clot develops in the leg.

Severe Pain

This type of pain can be a sign of an underlying medical problem. If a patient develops severe pain, he needs to call Chelsea Cosmetics at +61 3 8822 3472 right away.

Trouble Breathing

When an individual experiences difficulty breathing after his male breast reduction procedure, this is a medical emergency. Patients must seek medical assistance immediately.


To avoid the onset of constipation, patients need to drink more fluids, take stool softeners and prescribed medications.

The Results of a Male Breast Reduction in Melbourne, Australia

The results the surgeon achieves with a male breast reduction procedure are permanent; nonetheless, ageing, certain medications and weight fluctuations can all impact the gynaecomastia surgery results.

Risks and Possible Complications Associated With Gynaecomastia Surgery

Before having any plastic surgery procedure, individuals need to take the potential risks and benefits into consideration.

Risks and potential complications associated with a male breast reduction procedure include:

  • A negative reaction to anaesthesia.
  • Blood clots.
  • Bleeding.
  • A reaction to the products the surgeon uses.
  • Irregularities in the shape and contouring of the patient’s breasts.
  • Asymmetrical breasts.
  • Damage to the blood vessels, the nerves, the muscles and the lungs. These side effects may be temporary or permanent.
  • Changes in the sensations of the nipple-areolar complex or the breasts. These changes in sensation can be temporary or permanent.
  • Pulmonary and cardiac complications.
  • Persistent pain.
  • An accumulation of fluid.
  • Fat necrosis.
  • Persistent pain.
  • The need for a revision.
  • Unfavourable scarring.
  • Poor wound healing.
  • Reactions to injected agents, surgical glue, topical preparations, suture materials and tape.

The Cost of Male Breast Reduction Surgery in Melbourne, Australia

At Chelsea Cosmetics, each patient receives a personalised treatment plan, therefore, the only way a surgeon can determine cost is with an initial consultation.

Men, who would like to know more about their options for the treatment of gynecomastia, should call Chelsea Cosmetics at +61 3 8822 3472 to schedule an initial consultation.

The experienced team at Chelsea Cosmetics strives to make each client happy. To provide clients with the highest quality of care available in and around Melbourne, Australia, the experienced professionals at Chelsea Cosmetics nurture each client as he moves through his gynecomastia treatment and recovery. To schedule an initial consultation, please call +61 3 8822 3472. The address for Chelsea Cosmetics in Melbourne, Australia, is 2/114 James Street, Templestowe, Victoria.


Male Breast Reduction FAQ

What are the benefits Male Breast Reduction?

  • Removal of “man boobs”
  • Attain muscle definition in the chest
  • A slimmer more youthful profile
  • Lessening the point of the nipples
  • Higher confidence

Should I Be Worried About Gynaecomastia?

Gynaecomastia is a condition caused by an imbalance of hormones in the body. To be on the safe side, it’s good to have it investigated to identify abnormal hormone-secreting tumours. The underlying cause of gynaecomastia should be known before simply writing it off as a cosmetic or poor dietary problem.

If appropriate investigations have revealed no evidence of glandular tissue and only fat, then there is no cause for concern, and the treatment will solve the issue. It is important to note that this procedure, and others, is for a specific condition, and not the answer to having a great body. The breast and chest area in a man can enlarge with weight gain, something to be corrected with simple lifestyle changes and not gynaecomastia.

If the amount of oestrogen in the body is causing an increase in glandular breast tissue combined with fat, then gynaecomastia may be the solution.

What is the recovery period for Male Breast Reduction?

Compression garments are required after gynaecomastia treatment that will need to be continuously worn for at least a fortnight. This will then be reduced to part-time, day or at night, at the patient’s discretion for a further two weeks.

A binder will also need to be worn for the first week after treatment to ensure all the tumescent fluid drains from the chest area.

What causes Man Boobs?

Enlarged male breasts can be caused by a hormonal imbalance. It is a common issue that can affect how a man sees himself and his self-consciousness. Many men feel scared or embarrassed to remove their shirt which can have severe emotional effects. Cosmetic surgery is often thought of for women but not so much for men. Males however, are often just as self-conscious about their weight as much as women are with theirs. Looking good leads to feeling good with higher confidence in social situations.

What is Gynaecomastia Treatment?

The majority of patients with gynaecomastia require no treatment other than the removal of the precipitating cause. If it is drug-induced, it may regress if the offending medication is stopped.

Specific treatment for gynaecomastia is indicated in cases where it produces significant pain, embarrassment or emotional discomfort and therefore interfering with the patient’s life. Two forms of treatment have been used to alleviate the development of gynaecomastia: surgery and medical therapy.

Should I Remove Meat and Dairy From my Diet if I Have Man Boobs?

Men and women absorb xeno-oestrogens from meat and dairy, especially from cows that are fed bovine growth factors, a very unnatural additive to food that we accept as normal. The removal of meat and dairy from your diet is particularly easy to do in Australia, and there are many options available at the supermarket to adopt a healthy plant-based diet which is ethical, environmentally beneficial and great for your health.

There are many online sources that can assist in getting you started and helping you maintain a plant-based diet.



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