Gynaecomastia is a condition that causes men’s breasts to swell and look larger. Gynaecomastia one of the top procedures requested by men. It tackles the often embarrassing problem of excess breast tissue which we know more commonly as “man boobs”.
We chat to Dr Drielsma for some insight into the condition and the best ways to treat it.
“For the majority of men with gynaecomastia the condition occurs for no particular reason. In a very small proportion of men hormonal changes, imbalances or steroid uses causes the condition. Body builders can develop gynaecomastia as steroid use can stimulate the breast glands and cause it to swell. For the rest, its unfortunately down to genetics and usually starts to appear around puberty.”
“Some men have overly large, puffy nipples while others display the classic ‘man boob’ appearance.”
“Like most things there is no miracle cure, pill or cream that will treat gynaecomastia and what makes most men frustrated is that no amount of exercise will shift the excess breast tissue or make the nipples smaller.”
“Treating gynaecomastia usually involves removing the enlarged breast disk via a small incision around the nipple. Often this is done in combination with liposuction to remove any excess fat. If a patient has developed very large breasts over time which have drooped then it may also be necessary to remove the excess skin and tighten the skin. Patients with large puffy nipples may require a nipple reduction to help create a flatter nipple.”
“Typically the procedure takes around two hours to complete under a general anaesthetic and recovery is quite swift. Further, it’s worth noting that the condition is not life threatening and doesn’t cause any other medical complications.”
“Nipple reduction to treat big, puffy nipples can also sometimes be performed in our office based operating room under a local anaesthetic.”
If you think you may have gynaecomastia or are feeling self conscious about large breasts or puffy nipples, then arrange a consultation with Dr Drielsma for a comprehensive assessment and discussion of your treatment options.
Medicare and health fund rebates may also apply for treatment of this condition. Contact Us today for further information or to book a consultation!