Gynecomastia Surgery with Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Scott Turner

Gynecomastia or Gyno is the development of excess breast tissue or man boobs that can lead to both social and professional embarrassment. The surgery to correct this condition is called a male breast reduction. 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.

Man Boobs, Male Breasts or Gynecomastia may be associated with obesity, hormonal metabolism imbalance, liver disease or medicinal causes.

The most common cause of problematic gynecomastia is residual breast tissue that does not go away through puberty. Less commonly, certain drugs (prescription and recreational) and hormonal medical problems can cause gynecomastia. In the vast majority of cases there is no identifiable cause, and non-surgical treatments have no role in the treatment.

Male breast reduction or gynecomastia surgery can contour the chest area to provide a more toned, athletic chest and increased self-confidence. The results of the procedure are significant and long-lasting.

Benefits of Gynecomastia surgery:
• Reduce the size of breast tissue
• Reduce the amount of fatty tissue
• Remove excess skin if required
• Overall flatter, firmer and improved chest contour
• Improve asymmetry
• Increased self-confidence
• Improved fitting of clothing
• Reduce discomfort from sore or tender breast tissue

Good candidates include men of any age who are healthy, emotionally stable and close to their ideal body weight. Generally, patients best suited for male breast reduction are those who are unhappy with the size or appearance of their breasts and experience physical discomfort.

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