Gynaecomastia, or male breast growth ("moobs", "man cans", etc) is common around puberty and normally resolves within a few years. However it can persist beyond this phase in some men or commence later in life. It can affect one side only or both. In the majority of cases there is no underlying cause but in some men there is a precipitating factor such as a hormonal imbalance, medication or health condition. As a rule, gynaecomastia isn't a serious problem, but it can be tough to cope with the condition. Men and boys with gynecomastia sometimes have pain in their breasts and may feel embarrassed by the appearance.
Treatment is surgical, although this is a relatively minor procedure and usually done on a day stay basis.
Being a medical condition rather than cosmetic your Health Fund may contribute toward the cost of the procedure.
There will be n incision around the lower 1/4 of the areola which usually heals to a virtually invisible scar. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat.
As with all surgery there are general complications inherent from having any surgical procedure & anaesthetic as well as specific complications from the type of procedure itself. Your surgeon should carefully explain these to you. As with any surgery, smokers should be advised that nicotine can delay healing, resulting in conspicuous scars and prolonged recovery. Less than 5% of women will develop a significant post-operative complication. Prompt treatment of any complication reduces the chance of long-term problems.
A small suction drain may be placed in each breast to drain off blood and fluids for the first day. Although you will be up and about the day of surgery, the area may still ache occasionally for a couple of weeks. Take your prescribed painkillers regularly for 3-5 days, then as required. Most men can return to work (if it's not too strenuous) the following day but you'll have less stamina for several weeks, and should limit exercise until your energy level returns. Avoid swimming or immersing the wounds under water for 4 weeks.