The normal male breast is made up of breast tissue as well as fat. Gynaecomastia, often referred to as ‘man boobs’, occurs when breast tissue forms as a mass under the areola. This can affect one or both breasts and can cause embarrassment due to the appearance of a feminine breast shape.
Male Breast Surgery in Perth
Gynaecomastia is very common and affects a significant proportion of men from adolescence through to middle age. The majority of cases have no known cause (idiopathic), but a minority can result from drug use (commonly marijuana or steroid use) or disorders such as testicular dysfunction, chronic kidney disease, androgen deficiency or thyroid problems.
Equally concerning to many men is a sagging chest resulting from significant weight loss or the normal ageing process. This can cause skin to lose tone and droop (pseudo-gynaecomastia).
These conditions are easily correctable with cosmetic surgery at Assure Cosmetic Centre.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Male breast surgery can assist men in their late teens through to later years. Most choose to have gynaecomastia surgery for self image reasons, to improve their appearance and how they feel about themselves.
Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon at Assure Cosmetic Centre is the best person to determine if your expectations are achievable.
If there is a known cause, then we would investigate that further first. There may be some routine blood tests required and occasionally radiology investigations. If there is no known cause, then surgery options would be discussed during your consultation. Some cases can be treated with liposuction or ‘suction lipectomy’. Others are treated with direct excision of fibrous breast tissue via a small incision at the base of the areola.
In cases where drooping breasts or excess loose skin is present, perhaps following significant weight loss, other cosmestic surgery methods may be required, such as a breast reduction (‘mammaplasty’) or breast lift (‘mastopexy’). This may involve removing excess fat and breast tissue, recontouring the chest and repositioning the nipples.
Your Assure Specialist Plastic Surgeon will take your physical condition and individual needs into consideration to determine the technique that is best for you.
Male breast surgery is performed in an accredited hospital under general anaesthetic. The procedure usually takes between 1-2 hours. In some cases you can expect to be discharged that same day. Others may require a short hospital stay. This will depend on your general health, the extent of the procedure, and your surgeon’s advice.
You will need to attend a post-operative consultation approximately 5-7 days after gynaecomastia surgery, and again 7-14 days after surgery with subsequent post-op visits if required.
A pressure garment is to be worn for 6 weeks after surgery.
Scars are an inevitable result of any surgery. However, with male breast surgery your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will make every effort to ensure scars are as inconspicuous as possible. They will be positioned along natural skin lines, and usually fade with time.
Although major complications are uncommon after a gynaecomastia procedure, you may have some bruising and swelling for a few weeks after surgery. Other post-operative complications, such as delayed healing, infection or excessive bleeding are quite uncommon.
Your Assure Specialist Plastic Surgeon will discuss what you can expect from this procedure. It is important to carefully follow your plastic surgeon’s advice to reduce the risk of complications.
A post-operative care plan will be discussed with you before and after your procedure. Post-operative reviews will also be scheduled.
You can expect some bruising and swelling for a few weeks after surgery. Returning to work and your normal activities is an individual matter and your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will advise you. Men working in white-collar office roles can usually resume normal work activities after 1 week. For manual labour roles and strenuous activities, a recovery period of 4-6 weeks is normally required.
The initial consultation with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will cost approximately $185 and take about 30-45 minutes. If a Medicare item applies to your potential procedure then you will be entitled to a rebate from Medicare of approximately $75, providing you have a written referral from your GP or specialist. GP referrals are valid for 12 months and specialist referrals for 3 months.
Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will provide an indication of the likely costs, which will include your surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist’s fees and hospital and theatre fees. Your surgeon’s fee includes all post-operative care and nurse dressings. Pricing of your surgeon’s fee will vary from case to case, but an indicative range is $3,000 to $6,000.
There are Medicare and private health insurance rebates available for certain gynaecomastia procedures in Perth. Your surgeon can provide you with more information, but you would then need to talk to your private health insurer to determine exactly how much cover they will provide and confirm what your final out-of-pocket costs will be.
A good starting point is to book a consultation with one of our experienced team at Assure Cosmetic Centre. You will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and ask questions. You will be provided with detailed information regarding the treatments or procedures that can help you, the expected outcomes, and the costs involved. Click here to make an appointment.
The Australian Foundation for Plastic Surgery (part of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) is a helpful and reliable source of information online. Their website is an excellent place to research a range of surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments, and view video animations. Click here to visit their website.