Gynaecomastia refers to the condition in which male breast tissue is more substantial than desired. This results from many different factors, but can be treated surgically.
Planning Your Gynaecomastia Surgery
Your Gynaecomastia Consultation
During a surgical consultation, a careful medical history is obtained to look for potential causes of this condition. If no reversible medical condition is found, surgical correction may be suggested.
Your Gynaecomastia Surgery
Surgical correction involves a small incision around the lower half of the areola. In order to maintain blood-flow and preserve sensation in the nipple and areola, they remain attached to the pectoral by a thin stalk of tissue throughout this process.
This is followed by a combination of liposuction and direct excision to achieve a natural chest contour, after which the incisions are sutured. The stitches are usually located around the lower half of the areola. The scar blends in nicely at the margins of the areola and will become virtually invisible.
The procedure takes one to four hours, depending on the complexity of the case.
After Gynaecomastia Surgery
A simple dressing at the wound site with a compression bandage over the chest area must be worn on the treated area for a week after surgery. This can be uncomfortable but is necessary for effective healing. Drainage tubes may be applied to remove excess fluids from the wounds and reduce the formation of bruises. These are removed few hours after surgery.
Usually, the patients can go home the same day.
A follow up appointment will be arranged a week after the surgery. During this visit, the dressing will be taken off and the wound will be reviewed.
The sutures are always dissolvable.
Returning to Work and Normal Activities after Gynaecomastia
You will have to rest completely for the first 24-48 hours after surgery.
It is quite normal to experience a burning sensation during this time.
It may be possible to return to work after as little as three days but only if it does not require you to lift heavy objects.
You’ll be back to normal activities and exercising after two to three weeks.
Plastic Surgery Costs
Male Breast or “Man Boob” Reduction
Total Cost: $5,900 – $7,990 (including Surgeon’s fee, Assistant Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist’s fee, Hospital, operating theatre and all follow up visits cost).
Medicare and/or Private health insurance will refund you some of the above total cost.
This price assumes top hospital cover with a private fund. If your fund cover does not apply in your situation, plan for additional costs of $3,000.