Gynaecomastia, a medical term meaning enlarged breasts affects up to 30% of men in Australia. Often its caused by anabolic steroid use, and as well as being painful, the condition can understandably cause a lot of emotional distress. Gynaecomastia surgery ; more commonly known as male breast reduction surgery provides a remedy to this, and luckily, it can be resolved using an advanced body contouring procedure, which selectively removed unwanted body fat.
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What is VASER Lipo®?
VASER Lipo is an advanced body contouring procedure that selectively removes unwanted body fat. An alternative to the harsh techniques of traditional liposuction, VASER Lipo uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology for Sydney Gynaecomastia surgery and designed to gently reshape your body.
What distinguishes the VASER Lipo procedure is its ability to differentiate fat from other important tissues such as nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue.Employing this approach to Sydney male breast reduction, our innovative technology breaks up fat while preserving all other important tissues. This approach promotes smooth results and rapid healing in Gynaecomastia surgery.
How does VASER Lipo® work?
First, the area to be reshaped is filled with a tumescent saline solution that helps numb the site and shrink the blood vessels (to minimize blood loss and reduce bruising). This solution wets and fills the area to be treated, making it easier to break up fatty tissue with the VASER Lipo System's ultrasound energy.
Next, a small probe is inserted into the treatment area. It transmits sound energy to break up and liquefy fat while preserving other important tissues.
Finally, the liquefied fat is removed through a gentle suction process designed to minimize trauma to surrounding tissue structures such as nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue, thus completing the Gynaecom.
What are the benefits of VASER Lipo over other liposuction techniques?
VASER LipoSelection is a new and very different way to precisely and efficiently remove unwanted fat during male breast reduction. An alternative to the harsh techniques of traditional liposuction, VASER LipoSelection uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology to reshape your body. Only the LipoSelection procedure uses the proprietary VASER® System to first liquefy and then remove fat from the body, which is why it provides such smooth, predictable results. Since it is more tissue selective than traditional liposuction, patients report low to minimal pain and low to minimal swelling and bruising in recovery from the gynaecomastia procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions - Male Breast Reduction
In Dr Tavakoli's busy plastic surgery practice based in Sydney, Gynaecomastia correction and Rhinoplasty (nosejob) are the commonest procedures in Australian men seeking cosmetic surgery.
Gynaecomastia, a medical term from the Greek words for "woman-like breasts", affects as many as 30% of men to varying degrees.
Enlarged breasts on young boys last only a few years and are generally resolved by age 18. Enlarged breasts on a man , however, can be uncomfortable, as well as socially and psychologically devastating. Male breast reduction surgery provides a physical remedy for this.
Gynaecomastia may be associated with obesity, hormonal metabolism imbalance, liver disease or medicinal causes. Prior to choosing a surgical solution to gynecomastia, a period of diet and exercise is recommended. Should that fail, surgical intervention may be indicated.
One of the commonest identifiable causes in Sydney of this condition is probably due to the use of anabolic steroids by body builders. There are other hormonal causes that need to be ruled out prior to embarking on this procedure.
Is male breast reduction surgery for you?
During your consultation with Dr Tavakoli , explain your goals and expectations of the Gynaecomastia surgery. It is absolutely imperative that you communicate the degree of flatness you would expect from this operation. Photographs and other tools may be used in order to establish your expectations prior to any sugery.Dr Tavakoli will assess the nature of your breasts and the elasticity of your skin to determine the cause of your breast enlargement. It may be caused by fatty tissue and/or glandular tissue. Mostly, it will be a combination of the latter.
Being prepared and making informed decisions is important in undergoing any type of cosmetic surgery. Consultation is necessary prior to undertaking Gynaecomastia surgery as well as an understanding of upfront Gynaecomastia surgery costs or any additional costs of male breast reduction that may arise during recovery.
What are the procedures available?
Male breast reduction is performed on an outpatient or inpatient basis using a light general anaesthesia. The procedure can last from one to two hours depending on the extent of correction.
1. Liposuction If your gynecomastia is primarily caused by fatty tissue, liposuction is usually the procedure of choice. Liposuction surgery is a procedure used to actually remove unwanted localized deposits of fat cells from the body. A cannula is inserted through a tiny incision placed in an inconspicuous location (usually in the armpit) on the skin. Using a vacuum system attached to the cannula, excess fat cells are sucked out. The result of this approach to male breast reduction is a resculpting of bulging breasts into more attractive contours.
2. Traditional Surgical Excision will also be used if your gynecomastia is the result of a glandular enlargement, where liposuction alone is not likely to be adequate.. The excision may be performed alone or in conjunction with liposuction. Typically, the surgical incision is placed on the edge of the areola (colored area of the nipple) and in the underarm area (for liposuction). Your surgeon will work through these incisions to cut away the excess glandular tissue, fat and skin from the breast.
Please note that if your male breast reduction requires the removal of significant amounts of tissue, larger skin incisions may be required. This in particular is true in patients who have experienced massive weight loss and are therefore left with abundance of saggy skin.
Can the condition return?
Although the plastic surgery procedure for gynaecomastia is highly successful with high patient satisfaction, in some patients with poor dietary programmes or some with ongoing medicinal use the gynaecomastia can return. This is especially common in marijuana and anabolic steroid users.
What is recovery from male breast reduction surgery like?
Bed rest is recommended for the first day. You will experience some pain for several days. Following your Gynaecomastia surgery, you will wear surgical dressings and a special compression garment. This garment is needed to be worn for about four to six weeks.
There may be a drain tube coming out from under the armpit, which usually remains in place for 24-48 hours. The purpose of this drain tube is to create a means of sucking fluid out of the operated region.
Most discomfort associated with breast surgery can be controlled with male breast reduction surgery can be controlled with oral medication prescribed by your surgeon. Antibiotics may also be prescribed. Most men experience some degree of swelling, bruising and tenderness. These symptoms should subside in a short time.
Within about 10 days, all sutures are removed. Dr Tavakoli will advise you on a proper schedule for returning to your normal activities. Most patients are back to work within 7-10 days.
In order, to maximize the result of your operation, Dr Tavakoli requires you to attend a physiotherapist who would use massage and ultrasound technique to facilitate the removal of lumpiness and uneven areas in your breast. All up 4-6 sessions of physiotherapy is recommended.
Surgical risks may include: infection, bleeding, asymmetry, poor scarring, and nerve damage.
To discuss gynaecomastia surgery or male breast reduction cost, please contact Dr Tavakoli's cosmetic surgery clinic.