Gynaecomastia is the development of breasts in males and can occur in one or both breasts. Sometimes during puberty young males may develop breasts, but normally over a period of six months the condition will disappear. It is due to the hormone level changes that happen during puberty.
Why May Surgery Be Required?
As men age, if they have taken steroids in the past or if they become significantly overweight the condition may develop. There are also a number of other underlying reasons for the condition and Dr Vlad Milovic—our specialist plastic surgeon—will discuss the possibility of these with you at your initial consultation.
Gynaecomastia can cause significant social implications, such as embarrassment and loss of confidence, and the gynaecomastia correction procedure to rectify the condition is called male breast reduction.
Dr Milovic’s clinics are available for consultation, so make an appointment to discuss your needs. Whether you’re in Melbourne or the ACT, specialist advice about male breast reduction is close at hand. Start a discussion with us today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it right for me?
Gynaecomastia treatment is a very personal decision and you should have realistic goals and expectations before undergoing any surgical intervention.
But if you are unhappy with your appearance and the condition is causing you embarrassment, Dr Milovic will examine your chest area during your initial consultation and evaluate how gynaecomastia treatment can achieve an improvement and meet your goals and expectations.
If you are in good health and you are a non-smoker (or you are prepared to give up smoking for at least six weeks before and after surgery) then you may be suited to undergoing gynaecomastia correction or male breast reduction.
Will I need anaesthesia?
Gynaecomastia is typically a day procedure performed under general anaesthesia or twilight sedation and in some cases a hospital stay may be required.
Modern anaesthesia is safe and effective, but does have some risks. Ask Dr Milovic and your Anaesthetist for more information. You can be assured that Dr Milovic will engage the services of a qualified Anaesthetist who is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) to perform your sedation or general anaesthesia.
Dr Milovic and/or your anaesthetist will ask you about all the medications you are taking or have taken, and any allergies you may have. Please make sure you have an up-to-date list before the surgery.
Will I have scarring?
Scars are an inevitable part of any surgery and there can be no guarantee for a perfect outcome. Dr Milovic will endeavour to minimise scarring and to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible. After surgery, the scars are typically reddish in colour but these will fade in time to a light pink. After one or two years the scars become barely noticeable. And, in our experience, most of our patients believe that the aesthetic results of the procedure are well worth the resulting scars.
If scarring is a concern for you after surgery, Dr Milovic will provide you with a scar treatment plan to expedite the healing of your scars. There are several treatment options including silicone gel and laser.
We have the Palomar® Artisan laser system, which is proven to give excellent results for scar reduction. Laser offers a non-invasive solution that uses fractional laser technology to deliver rapid, reliable scar removal with minimal healing time, minimal infection risk, and little to no pain.
Where will the surgery take place?
Depending upon your general health and the extent of the procedure, gynaecomastia surgery is typically performed as a day procedure or alternatively with an overnight hospital stay. Dr Milovic will only perform your gynaecomastia surgery in safe, accredited operating facilities.
What is the recovery period after Gynaecomastia surgery?
Recovery time will vary from patient to patient and will also depend on the extent of the surgery. Expect at least seven days off from work and allow for three weeks for all swelling and bruising to disappear. Light exercise may be resumed within two to three days, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least two to three months.
You will be given post-surgery instructions to follow and if you have any questions, please call our rooms.
What are the risks with Gynaecomastia surgery?
As with all surgery there are risks and potential complications. Dr Milovic will discuss these with you prior to any surgery taking place.
What are the costs?
Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery, but it should not be the only consideration. You have the right to be informed about the foreseeable costs before you have your surgery. This is called ‘informed financial consent’.
Costs associated with the procedure may include:
- Dr Milovic’s surgical fee
- Accredited hospital or surgical facility costs
- Anaesthesia fees
- Prescriptions for medication
- Post-surgery garments
- Medical tests (if required)
After your initial consultation with Dr Milovic, you will receive a written estimate of fees and an information pack to read before your second pre-surgery appointment. The second appointment is free of charge. Once you book your surgery, you will also have pre-operative photos taken.
In some cases, the final costs may vary from the original estimate because of complications, longer operative time or changes requested by the patient. Additional procedures may also be necessary.
Where you might have an item number for this procedure, you should check with your private health insurer to see if any part of the procedure is covered. This could save you hospital accommodation costs and provide you with a rebate on the surgery cost.
For cosmetic procedures, you will be charged the goods and services tax (GST).
We welcome any questions you may have regarding fees.