GYNECOMASTIA

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Gynecomastia, also spelt ‘Gynaecomastia’ and colloquially called ‘Man Boobs’, is an excessive enlargement of the male breast. Men with Gynecomastia often confess they feel self-conscious or embarrassed wearing tight shirts or getting involved in activities or sports that require them to take their shirt off in front of others. If you suffer from Gynecomastia, we have the perfect solution to give you the self-confidence to again expose your chest whenever you wish! 

As the male breast is made up of both glandular tissue and fat, an excessive amount of either, or both of these tissue components, will cause Gynecomastia.

Gynecomastia is very common — more than half of all boys develop the condition due to a hormone imbalance during puberty but it normally disappears as they grow older.

Approximately 35% of adult males will develop Gynecomastia, and for treatment purposes, it is important to distinguish between TRUE GYNECOMASTIA and PSEUDO-GYNECOMASTIA.

TRUE GYNECOMASTIA is due to an enlargement of the glandular tissue and results from any condition that causes an increased level of circulating oestrogen hormone.

This form needs to be distinguished from PSEUDO-GYNECOMASTIA which is an enlargement of the male breast due to excess fat.

Accordingly, Gynecomastia can arise from an increased amount of either tissue component, or both.

An Ultrasound, Mammogram or MRI may be required to distinguish between the two types of Gynecomastia as the surgical technique will depend on the cause. This could be simple liposuction of the excess fat, excision of excess glandular tissue, or both.

How is it done?

Irrespective of the cause, all Gynecomastia procedures are performed in a Licensed Hospital under General Anaesthesia with a Specialist Anaesthetist in constant attendance.

Even so, in most instances, it is still a ‘walk in, walk out’ procedure with no overnight stay required. You can go home 1-2 hours after your procedure but you must not drive or go home alone. You must be accompanied by a responsible adult and have someone with you at home during the first 24 hours.

Naturally, the actual surgical technique will depend on the cause of the breast enlargement:

1. If The Gynecomastia Is Due Purely To Excess Fat:

Liposuction alone will remove the excess fat and correct the Gynecomastia.

This can be done either by regular Tumescent Liposuction or Vaser Liposuction. Your Surgeon will recommend whichever technique they feel will give you the better result.

Post-operatively, you will need to wear a sleeveless Compression Vest for the next 6 weeks.

2. If The Gynecomastia Is Due Purely To Excess Glandular Tissue:

Surgical Excision of the excess glandular tissue will be required.

The glandular element of the male breast is the firm disc of tissue that you can feel under the nipple. No amount of liposuction can remove this tissue because it is very firm and fibrous and must be removed surgically through a small curved incision along the edge of the areola.

3. If The Gynecomastia Is Due To An Excess Of Both Tissue Components:

Both Surgical Excision & Liposuction will be required.

The chest is marked according to how much fat and how much glandular tissue is present. A small circular incision is made beneath each areola. The excess glandular tissue beneath the nipple is removed and then liposuction is performed to shape the remaining breast.

Post-operatively, you will need to wear a sleeveless Compression Vest for the next 6 weeks.

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Gynecomastia Surgery

Surgical Fee between $3,300 and $6,700 depending on the technique required.
Additional costs include Theatre Fee, Anaesthetist Fee and Post-Operative Compression Garment.
Our Surgeon will provide you with an itemised total cost at your Initial Consultation once they have determined the technique required.
Follow-up appointments for up to 6 months are included.

Is the surgery eligible for a Medicare rebate?

This will depend on the surgical technique you’ve had.

Gynecomastia treated purely by Liposuction does not qualify for a Medicare rebate.

If, however, you’ve had an excess of glandular tissue removed (with or without any associated liposuction), a partial Medicare rebate may apply.

If you do qualify for a Medicare Item Number, and you also have Private Hospital Health Insurance, you can also claim a portion of your Hospital Fees depending on your Fund and Level of Cover.

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If you need to finance all or part of your procedure, National Regulations require that you must source your own funding through a bank or any number of Medical Loan Providers such as the above easily found by searching on Google.

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    What are the causes of Gynecomastia?

    Gynecomastia may develop as a result of excess oestrogen levels, weight gain, liver disease, various medications, and even the use of anabolic steroids and some recreational drugs.

    How is Gynecomastia treated?

    Significant degrees of Gynecomastia in adult males always need some form of surgery. Surgical techniques vary from simple liposuction to excision of excess glandular tissue depending on which component tissue is causing the enlargement.

    Where and how is Gynecomastia Surgery performed?

    In the best interests of patient comfort and safety, all Gynecomastia surgery is carried out in Licensed Hospitals under General Anaesthesia. However, hospital stay is usually not necessary and you can go home shortly afterwards in the care of a responsible adult.

    How long do I need to wear a Compression Garment after my surgery?

    An elastic compression garment of sorts will need to be worn under your clothing for 6 weeks or less depending on the type of surgery you will be having.

    Can I claim any of my costs on Medicare?

    If only Liposuction is required, you will not be eligible for a Medicare rebate. However, if excision of glandular tissue is needed, you may be eligible for a partial rebate.

    How much time off work is needed?

    Unless you are in physically demanding type work, you should not need more than 7 days to rest and recuperate before you return to work.

    Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.