Gynaecomastia (Male Breast Reduction) overview

Male breast formation or Gynaecomastia is not uncommon in young men. It can be associated with puberty, weight gain or as a side effect of certain drugs. Investigation often unrewarding and the condition is called idiopathic.

Treatment involves a subcutaneous mastectomy via a small areolar incision combined with liposuction of the chest wall if necessary. A drain is often left in temporarily and a chest compression garment is put on. The surgery is performed under a GA as a day case. Resumption of normal activities is possible within a week.


Generally it’s best to recuperate at home where things are familiar and you can access help.  Some people elect to go away for their recuperation and that’s fine as long as you have adequate access to wound care and help with daily chores.

Following your surgery you will be prescribed pain medication which may be an analgesic or an anti-inflammatory or sometimes a combination and this prescription is given to you by your anaesthetist . Should you have concerns about post-operative pain relief then you need to address these with your anaesthetist.

Plastic surgeons undergo extended rigorous training which involves at least 7 years post graduate study.  As part of that program they learn about cosmetic surgery.  Under current legislation anyone can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon provided they are a doctor.  However, unless you have a higher specialist qualification in plastic surgery you are not allowed to call yourself a Plastic Surgeon.  Dr Cooper is a qualified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who performs cosmetic surgery.

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