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What is gynaecomastia?

Gynaecomastia is a common male breast condition involving an increase in the amount of breast tissue. Often, gynaecomastia occurs during the hormonal changes of puberty and resolves itself. For many males, this enlarged breast gland does not resolve. Gynaecomastia in older men is often a result of excessive hormones. Other reasons may include steroid usage, medications or no identifiable cause.

Today men can benefit from a number of operative techniques and non-surgical procedures designed to address aesthetic concerns whilst maintaining a masculine edge.

Also known as: Gynaecomastia, gynecomastia, male breast reduction, enlarged breasts in men, breast reduction for men, male breast surgery, gynecomastia surgery.
Desired results: Male patients opt for a breast reduction to reduce localised fat and excess breast tissue. This is a condition known as gynaecomastia.
Patients visit us from: Our male patients with gynaecomastia travel from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and surrounding suburbs. We also see patients visiting from all over Australia.

How to reduce gynaecomastia

If your enlarged breasts consist primarily of excessive fatty tissue, liposuction or skin tightening may be the best option. If excess glandular tissue is the primary cause, the tissue may be cut out with a scalpel. This procedure may be performed alone or in conjunction with liposuction.

The procedure may be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Your surgeon will discuss your anesthesia options with you once you have decided on surgery.

Gynecomastia scars

During a gynecomastia surgical procedure, an incision is made either on the edge of the nipple (areola) or in the underarm area. The excess glandular tissue, fat and skin surrounding the areola and breast is removed. Major male breast reductions that involve the removal of a significant amount of tissue and skin may require larger incisions and more visible scars.

If liposuction is also used to remove excess fat, a slim, hollow tube (cannula), is inserted directly through the existing incisions. The cannula is attached to a vacuum pump to suction out the fat. See information re Liposuction.

Male breast reduction recovery

Post-procedure, bruising and swelling varies from patient to patient. Most cases are resolved completely within two weeks. Most patients experience stiff, sore muscles for a short period of time. Male breast reduction results can be seen immediately post-surgery. This will continue to improve over the next 2—3 months.

Gynecomastia surgery risks

All medical procedures carry some risks as well as potential benefits. It is important to be educated on these, although rare, surgical complications.

  • General surgical risks may include bruising, bleeding, blood clots and infection.
  • Bruising is to be expected and will resolve quickly.
  • Bleeding can occur post-surgery and may collect as a Haematoma, which may need to be drained.
  • Patients are treated with antibiotics to help prevent infection. If infection occurs, address this immediately.
  • Severe infections may cause skin necrosis and loss of tissue.
  • Although uncommon, chest/male breast asymmetry may occur.
  • Changes to the sensitivity of nipples/areola complex.

General anaesthetics are a safe procedure but they too carry potential serious risks, including blood clots, lung problems, and even death.

Gynecomastia on the Gold Coast

To find out more information about gynecomastia and male breast reduction, or to book in a consultation, please contact us today.

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Gynaecomastia can occur in males at any age, from adolescence upwards. About half of all men today have excess localised fat and/or excess glandular tissue in one or both breasts.


Male breast reduction may be a good option for you if:

  • Alternative medical treatments are ineffective
  • Gynecomastia is not a result of an underlying medical condition
  • The appearance of your breasts are affecting your lifestyle and wellbeing
  • You experience discomfort (breast tissue is tender and sore)
  • You are physically healthy
  • Your breasts are fully developed
  • You are not a smoker
  • You have realistic expectations

Surgery for gynaecomastia is a highly individualised procedure and may not be suitable for everyone. Although rare, gnaecomastia can be indicative of an underlying medical condition. Before prescribing a treatment plan, Dr John Flynn will conduct a thorough medical assessment. Once any underlying concern has been ruled out, surgery can be performed with no risk of the gynaecomastia returning.

Male breast reduction may be discouraged if you’re overweight or obese. We advise patients to first attempt to lose the fat around the breast area through diet and exercise.


Today, men can also take advantage of less invasive procedures. Non-invasive body contouring procedures such as CoolSculpting can help refine your body shape without having to commit to surgery.


The cost for a male breast reduction starts from $4235. This price is a guide and may vary based on a patients individual requirements and desired outcome. A consultation with Dr John Flynn will allow him to assess your concerns, formulate a treatment plan and provide an exact cost for treatment.