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Gynaecomastia surgery: How does it work?


Gynaecomastia is a common condition in men and boys where their breasts swell and become abnormally large due to a sex hormone imbalance. These enlarged breasts are most common in newborn baby boys, teenage boys and older men as a result of their bodies producing more oestrogen than they should be compared to testosterone and this causes their breast tissue to grow.  Medications, drugs, alcohol and other health conditions may also cause gynaecomastia. Also known as male breasts, man boobs or moobs, this condition can make a man feel unmanly and self-conscious about their appearance.

What does Gynaecomastia surgery involve?

Gynaecomastia surgery is often performed to remove the excess tissue that is causing gynaecomastia. There are two options depending on the type of excess tissue you have:

Liposuction – is performed if you have excess breast fat. Liposuction for treating gynecomastia is typically performed using a local or general anaesthetic. It involves a small incision on each side of your chest, the edge of your areola or within your armpit. Through these incisions, your cosmetic surgeon will insert a thin tube to loosen the excess fat and remove it using a high-power vacuum and sculpt a new more natural chest contour. 

Male Breast Reduction – is performed if you have excess breast gland tissue.

Male breast reduction surgery is usually carried out under general anaesthetic. It involves making a cut around your nipple that allows your surgeon to remove the tissue. Cuts may be extended and your nipples repositioned if you have a lot of tissue to remove. The procedure will typically take 90 minutes. Your cosmetic surgeon will take care to place incisions so that the resulting scars are as inconspicuous as possible. Liposuction and breast reduction surgery can be performed at the same time if you have an excess of both fatty and glandular tissue. 

If you feel you may be suffering from Gynaecomastia, then contact us today to book an appointment.

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