Gynaecomastia

Gynaecomastia

(‘Man Boobs’)

Gynaecomastia is an excessive enlargement of the male breast.  It is not an uncommon condition in both teenage boys as well as adult men and can be due to excessive levels of female oestrogen hormone which is normally present at very low levels in males.

In teenage boys, it is often a temporary condition at puberty due to a hormone imbalance in which case it lasts for a few years before eventually settling down.

It is important to appreciate that the male breast is made up of both glandular tissue and fat tissue and an excessive amount of either or both these tissues will cause Gynecomastia.

In adult males, True Gynaecomastia is due to an enlargement of glandular tissue in the male breast and results from any condition that causes an increase in the circulating oestrogen hormone.

This form should be distinguished from Pseudo-Gynaecomastia which is an enlargement of the male breast through excess fat.

Accordingly, Gynaecomastia can be due an increased amount of either tissue component, or both.

An Ultrasound, Mammogram or MRI may be indicated to distinguish between the two types of Gynaecomastia in order to determine the best surgical approach.  This surgery could be excision of the excess glandular tissue, liposuction of the excess fat, or both.

Approximately 35% of adult males have a significant degree of Gynaecomastia and it can be a very embarrassing condition that affects and restricts their lifestyle. Men with Gynecomastia often confess they won’t get involved in activities or sports that require them to expose their chests, or they will only wear very loose shirts and tops to try and camouflage their breast enlargement.

What are the costs?

The total cost of your procedure is made up of each of the following individual costs:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Anaesthetist’s fee
  • Hospital costs
  • Pre-operative medical tests
  • Post-operative compression garment
  • Medications

Our Surgeon will give you an itemised quotation at your initial consultation.

Is the surgery eligible for a Medicare rebate?

Liposuction alone for gynecomastia does not attract a Medicare rebate.

If, however, you need excision of glandular tissue with or without any associated liposuction, a partial Medicare rebate can be claimed for both the Surgeon’s Fee and the Anaesthetist’s Fee.

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 the Level of your Cover.

 

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