GYNAECOMASTIA CORRECTION / MALE BREAST REDUCTION
Gynaecomastia or the appearance of male breasts (sometimes referred to as “man boobs”) is often disturbing and result in social embarrassment for the patient. They may result due to physiological reasons, such as soon after puberty or in middle-aged gentlemen. However, pathological conditions causing gynaecomastia will have to be screened, which may necessitate blood tests or an ultrasound in certain situations.
Correction involves the removal of breast glandular tissue and fat through a small keyhole incision around the areolar. Breast glandular tissue is always sent for histological analysis. The use of a compression vest for 3-4 weeks is mandatory to achieve an optimal result.
Gynaecomastia correction could be a medical condition and may be eligible for medisave insurance coverage.
What is the recovery time to expect?
A gynaecomastia correction is carried out on an out-patient basis, meaning that there is no need for an overnight stay. Patients are given sedation and will be asleep through the procedure.
Patients experience minor swelling and bruising which will diminish in a few days. You can resume normal activities in a few days. There are usually no visible scars.
Who performs the surgery?
The gynaecomastia correction procedure is a procedure performed by Dr Samuel Ho. Trained in Korea, Dr Ho has extensive experience in performing natural looking breast reduction work.
To start, Dr Samuel Ho will conduct a detailed consultation to evaluate your physical anatomy and discuss with you the changes you desire.
Patients are welcomed and encouraged to address any of their concerns or questions so that they can make a confident decision about undergoing gynaecomastia correction surgery.
Gynaecomastia/ Male Breast Reduction Frequently Asked Questions
Male breasts can be reduced without surgery if it is mainly fat and minimum breast disc tissue. This is also possible if the cause of the male breasts is due to medication. It’s difficult to give a guaranteed answer until I see the patient personally during a consultation.
Allure Plastic Surgery charges around $12,000 to $15,000 for male breast reduction (or gynaecomastia). Please book an appointment at our clinic for us to give a more exact figure after consultation.
Male breast reduction surgery is not painful at all because it’s performed under GA. After the operation, oral painkillers will be given for a couple of days but the patient will generally not feel any pain as he gradually heals from the surgery.
Whether or not you can get rid of your gynaecomastia without surgery depends on the cause. Some chronic meds cause gynaecomastia and if it is due to this, just stopping the medicines will help. Otherwise, if it is an actual medical condition, then the best way to fix it is to go for a male breast reduction surgery.
During the consultation, I will examine to see if there’s a breast disc under the areola. Thus, I will be able to advise better during the consultation.
If your gynaecomastia is caused mainly by fat tissue, then yes, you can lose weight to reduce the size of your male breasts.
A male breast reduction surgery does leave scars but I do perform the technique in ways to ensure the scars are imperceptible and mostly hidden around the lower border of the areola. Do ask for the before/ after photos during your consultation to see exactly what to expect.
Male breast reduction surgery is permanent.
Rather than 4 stages, we generally classify gynaecomastia into 4 different grades. The severity of the grades is determined by the size of the male breasts and the amount of skin excess.
In most cases, chest workouts will not get rid of male breasts. In fact, it will often accentuate it even more as you build up the size of the muscles underneath.
You can lose chest fat the same way you lose fat in other areas of the body. There is no magic spot reduction technique. You will have to lose body fat % through diet to reduce the fat on your chest area.
As a plastic surgeon familiar with this condition, I have to say that no exercise can fix gynaecomastia. The only way to reduce male breasts is to bring down your overall body fat percentage with a proper diet.
Chest fat is usually much easier to shed than lower back love handle fat. However, every patient’s body is unique and other factors such as genetics do come into play that might change these generalisations.
As mentioned earlier, no home remedy or exercise gets rid of fat on male breasts or man boobs. The only way to lose them is to drop your overall body fat percentage.
No. Testosterone will not help you get rid of man boobs.
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