Man Boobs.. we can help

July 29, 2017

Let’s face it. There’s always been a certain amount of interest from the male species in the ample bosoms found on some fortunate ladies. We accept this, its human nature. What isn’t so well recognized is that under those loose summer shirts donned by many of those same admirers hides something a few of them would rather not discuss ; “man boobs”.  The question must be asked, is this phenomenon real or are our blokes simply not pulling their weight in the pecs department?

Gynaecomastia is the medical term for is the benign enlargement of breast tissue in males.  It is usually caused by excessive estrogen actions and is often the result of an increased ratio of estrogen to androgen, although in about 25% of cases, the cause is unknown.

From puberty through to old age it can develop, as hormone changes affect us throughout our lives. It can also be the result of weight gain, hereditary conditions, disease or the use of certain drugs, including anabolic steroids and marijuana. Gynaecomastia can cause emotional discomfort and may understandably affect a man’s self-confidence, causing him to avoid certain physical activities or intimacy with others to hide the condition.

The medical causes of changes in male breast tissue should be investigated thoroughly to ensure that underlying medical conditions have been eliminated as the cause of the condition. But if all else bodes well, and you have excess breast tissue that you just don’t want, what can be done about it?

Thought traditionally to be the domain of females, breast reduction surgery for men is a specific technique to correct overdeveloped or enlarged breasts unique to the male anatomy. It can be subtle, it  can be dramatic, but the ideal situation is that it is performed with a full understanding of the process.

Things to consider when having surgery: 

  • Any surgical treatment will require incisions. While most incisions are hidden in natural contours or in the areolae of the breasts, some scars may be visible and these are an unavoidable. 
  • Various techniques may be used for breast reduction dependent on the situation. Gynaecomastia may be treated with liposuction, surgical excision (removal of tissue) or sometimes both. In cases where gynaecomastia is primarily the result of excess fatty tissue, liposuction techniques alone may be used. 
  • If gynaecomastia has resulted from the use of certain prescription medications or drugs including steroids or from weight gain, you must be fully free of these substances and remain at a stable weight in order to maintain the results of your surgery. 
  • Consider cost.  Breast reduction surgery to treat gynaecomastia may be partially covered by Medicare and private health insurance. Ask your surgeon for further information about out-of-pocket costs. 
  • Male breast surgery is a specific area of expertise, and at your first consultation, you should ask the surgeon about their training and experience in the area of breast reductions for men.  Choose as surgeon with experience in carrying out this type of surgery.

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