Breast Procedure

Gynaecomastia

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gynaecomastia

Gynaecomastia is the enlargement of the male breast, which can be a normal occurrence for some adult men and teenage boys at a certain stage in life. This can develop as a result of oestrogen hormones being at a higher level in the male body than usual. It is a problem that can affect up to 30% of the Australian male population, and is often a normal occurrence that is not related to any underlying medical condition. Up to 90% of adolescent boys will develop some male breast enlargement, which resolves in the majority as they grow into adulthood.


During puberty, hormonal imbalances can occur, causing gynaecomastia in one or both breasts. In older men, gynecomastia may occur due to changes in metabolism which may heighten oestrogen production. The condition can also be caused by steroid use, liver disease and other underlying changes occurring in the body.

price

We have worked hard to be able to offer an affordable price so patients do not feel pressured to visit under qualified practices or destination surgery. 


Our gynaecomastia surgery includes surgeons fee, hospital fee, general anaesthetic costs, compression garments and lifetime follow up care.

Gynaecomastia
Patient with private insurance
From $7,500
Patient without private insurance
From $10,500

Some Medicare rebates and health fund covers may apply to this procedure

The surgery

Before your procedure, Dr Wessels and our surgery team will make sure that you are comfortable and well before going ahead. Dr Wessels will draw on your breast to plan the where the incisions will be.


Gynaecomastia surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. The procedure normally takes between one to three hours and can be performed in a number of ways, utilising various incision sites. An incision is placed around the nipple and the excess breast tissue and gland is removed. Liposuction will also be performed to remove excess fat in the area. Once the new contours are in place, the incisions are carefully closed in layers with a concealed absorbable stitch. The incisions are then covered with a waterproof dressing. Patients are then taken to recovery for 2-4 hours with our recovery care specialists. You may be allowed to travel home that evening, as some breast lift is a day surgery only.

Our surgeons are available from the following hospitals for this procedure:

the recovery

After surgery our recovery specialists will given post-op instructions. It is important to follow carefully. You will be provided with a script for medication, which you will need to purchase after surgery and instructions on when to take the medication over the days ahead. You will be discharged from hospital when your companion picks you up from the hospital. All patients must have a companion to stay with them for 72hours following surgery.

The first week after surgery you should stick to gentle day-to-day activities. This includes minimal house duties, no lifting, staying home as much as possible and sleeping in an elevated position. Commence postoperative exercise (instructions given post surgery).

In the second week of recovery try not to raise your blood pressure too much and still sleep in an upright position. Patients will also be required to attend a postoperative appointment at our office in week 2. this will be scheduled prior to surgery.


In week 2 patients may:
  • Commence a light walk
  • Return to work in week 2 if you have an office job with little physical activity
  • Avoid sexual intercourse
  • Start driving provided they are not taking any pain medication. We also recommend waiting 3 days for the medication to be out of your system.

Weeks 3 – 5 patients with more physical jobs can return to work.


In weeks 3-5 patients may:
  • Start getting into a light exercise routine, using lower body
  • Start doing more physical household duties

In weeks 6-8 patients may:

  • Commence normal exercise routine and duties. Please note, do not push yourself into being back into your pre surgery routines.
  • Swimming, bathing running, yoga, stretching, spin class and Pilates
  • Stop wearing compression garment

At this stage patients are mostly fully recovered and sutures are absorbed. Patients should always wear a supportive bra when exercising or performing physical activity. For all patients with teardrop breast implants we recommend that you do not ever go back to using or exercising chest muscles heavily as teardrop implants can rotate.


In weeks 9-12 patients may:

  • Contact sport
  • Boxing and upper body exercise
What are the risks ?

Modern surgery is generally safe but does have the potential for risks and complications to occur.


Some possible complications and risks associated with breast lift surgery may include:

  • Surgical risks such as bleeding or infection
  • Fluid accumulation around the operation site(s)
  • Visible and prominent scars including keloid and hypertrophic scars. These are raised, red and thickened scars that may form over the healed incisions. They may be itchy, annoying and unsightly but are not a threat to health
  • Allergic reaction to suture materials, tape adhesive or other medical materials and lotions
  • Skin discoloration, permanent pigmentation changes, swelling and bruising
  • Fatty tissue deep in the skin could die (fat necrosis) leaving hard lumps
  • Changes in breast and nipple sensation
  • Temporary or permanent areas of numbness
  • Asymmetry (unevenness) of the breasts
  • Excessive firmness of the breast
  • Potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola
  • Need for further surgery to treat complications
  • Risks of anaesthesia including allergic reaction or potentially fatal cardiovascular complications such as heart attack
  • A blood clot in the deep veins of the legs (deep vein thrombosis), which can move to the lungs (pulmonary embolus) or to the brain and may be life threatening

Frequently
Asked Questions

We regularly get asked about our procedures, so we have put together a couple of questions we get asked on a regular basis.


If there is something else you would like to know, please get in touch!

Yes, during puberty more than half of healthy males will develop this condition. In old age one third of males will develop gynaecomastia.

Many males try every form of chest exercise to get rid of the excess fatty tissue in their chest. In most cases only surgery can correct gynaecomastia.

Results are immediate as the extra tissue is removed during surgery. Swelling and bruising is normal following any surgical procedure and the final results of the chest contour can take up to 3 months.

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