Gynecomastia, commonly referred to as man boobs or gyno, and also spelt gynaecomastia, literally means “female breast”. It refers to an increase in the size of male breast tissue, which can prove an awkward and embarrassing, though quite common, condition for many men.
True gynecomastia occurs when a male experiences an enlargement of glandular tissue in the pectoral area. This can be due to a number of factors, but is most often caused by a hormone imbalance in the body.
Whilst also falling under the general umbrella term “man boobs”, pseudo-gynecomastia refers to an excess accumulation of fat in the pectoral area, and not an increase in glandular tissue. Though both gynecomastia and pseudo-gynecomastia are often colloquially referred to as simply gynecomastia or gyno, they are not the same thing.
If a person is interested in gynecomastia surgery, it will need to be determined whether their increase in breast tissue is a result of some underlying medical pathology or the result of excess fatty tissue in the chest.
The aim of gynecomastia surgery is to reduce male breast volume and size, in addition to optimising the appearance of the nipple areolar complexes. The ultimate goal is to achieve an aesthetic male chest.
Features of the breast which can be addressed surgically include:
• Excessive breast volume and addressing the defining features of the female breast shape, which includes the crease under the breast (inframammary fold)
• Sagging of the breast and loose skin
• Size and descent (drop) of the nipple areolar complex
The operation is performed using a variety of specialised techniques under general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital. Typically, patients are treated in hospital for the day and receive antibiotic therapy and pain management.
Procedures are performed through access incisions around the nipple areolar complexes. Breast tissue is removed by excision and minimal access liposuction ports used to contour the breast at its periphery.
Occasionally, short horizontal scars either side of the nipple areolar complex may be required to address loose skin and is usually undertaken as a secondary procedure if residual skin is a concern after several months.
The most appropriate of these surgical access incisions will be discussed during your consultation.
The internal wounds are repaired with dissolving stitches and water proof dressings applied, allowing patients to shower. The patient is also provided with a compressive garment, which they will wear for approximately 3 weeks.
Though common among males of all age groups, gynecomastia can cause a significant amount of embarrassment and anxiety for some men.
Men with gynecomastia are often shy about appearing shirtless in public, such as on the beach or at the swimming pool. Some prefer not to wear certain clothing.
Men with gynecomastia often consider surgery in order to achieve an aesthetic male chest by removing their excess breast tissue.
In some cases, men who have recently lost a large amount of weight, but are still nervous about taking their shirts off, will consider gynecomastia surgery in order to remove excess skin or lingering fat.
Men considering gynecomastia surgery are typically looking to boost their confidence and self-esteem when clothed as well as when shirtless.
Our doctors will explain the details of your surgery and all of the information about the procedure you have selected.
You will also have an opportunity to review before and after photographs of their patients’ results in their areas of expertise.
Your Surgeon will provide general information on treatments, hospital costs and incidental fees. Pre and post-operative information and a written quote will be provided to you in your consultation.