Gynaecomastia: What You Should Know
Most men have a small amount of breast tissue in their chests. However, some have larger amounts of this tissue, causing them to have more feminine looking breasts. There are cases where the male patient reports having breast sizes as large as C-cup. This is sometimes due to hormonal imbalance, however in most cases there are zero abnormalities seen during clinical examination or on blood tests. Dr Briggs says some of the other causes can include the following:
- Medications – there are many medications that can cause breast tissue to grow such as those for cancer treatment, AIDS treatment, steroids, anti-anxiety medications, heart medications, antibiotics to name a few.
- Drugs and/or alcohol
- Tumours – can produce hormones that alter the male-female balance
- Herbal remedies – some herbal products have been associated with gynaecomastia
- Hyperthyroidism – this can produce too much of the wrong hormone causing excessive tissue to grow.
This is not just a procedure for younger man, in fact Dr Briggs said “This procedure not only benefits males in their youth but also older men. The average age of patients coming to see me for this procedure varies, but a large portion include men in their 50’s and 60’s.”
This condition can cause men to feel a great deal of embarrassment. Often, no diet or exercise can solve the problem. “Many of the men who come to see me with this problem are very self conscious, it is always wonderful to see not only the physical transformation after the procedure but also the mental.” said Dr Briggs.
There are two techniques to perform a gynaecomastia procedure. The first involves cutting a half-moon incision below or around the areola, and cutting out the unwanted tissue.
Alternatively, you can eliminate the excess chest tissue through a Lipoplasty procedure. This second technique results in little to no scarring and involves the surgeon breaking down and the excess tissue using a fine cannula with a sucking action like a vacuum to suck the fat out (very similar to the liposuction procedure you will have heard of often used in the stomach area). It requires only a small wound under the nipple or toward the armpit, which is why there is little to no scarring. This technique is usually used for men with smaller amounts of breast tissue. Those with greater breast tissue will have a better result from the first technique.
Other Male-Targeted Plastic Surgery Procedures
The number of male patients choosing to undergo plastic surgery has increased dramatically in recent years. Studies show that men and women collectively spend billions of dollars a year on plastic and cosmetic procedures and this includes men.
Dr Briggs offers many surgical and non-surgical procedures for male patients, ranging from male breast reduction to hyperhidrosis. Below are some of the procedures he currently offers to male patients:
- Tummy Tuck
- Body Contouring
- Calf Implants
- Bodybuilding Implants
- Pectoral Implants
- non surgical treatments such as filler and botox (wrinkle relaxers).
If you’d like to arrange a consultation with Dr Briggs to know more about these procedures, and which option is the best for your desired results, contact his clinic on (08) 9381 9300 or email email@example.com