Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
Male gynaecomastia or man boobs is a common condition that as suggested affects males. Surgeon, Dr Gavin Chan, discusses in the video above.
What is gynaecomastia? What is the difference between gynaecomastia and man boobs?
Gynaecomastia (man boobs) Before and After Case Study 1
This man presented to The Victorian Cosmetic Institute concerned with the size of his chest. He has noticed this problem since his teenage years, and despite dieting and exercising, he has been unable to change the size of his chest. Even at his lightest weight, the problem still existed. He has been quite self conscious about his chest area, and it has limited the types of clothes that he feels he can wear confidently.
Blood tests performed showed no underlying hormonal imbalances or abnormalities, and an ultrasound of the chest showed fatty tissue only.
He opted to have liposuction to reduce the size of his chest to bring it into proportion with the rest of his body. The following show the pictures before, and one month after liposuction.
Gynaecomastia (man boobs) Before and After Case Study 2
This man presented to The Victorian Cosmetic Institute wanting to reduce the size of his chest – something he was unable to do despite his dieting and exercising. His chest actually also hindered his exercise, often getting in the way or moving excessively. His clothing was limited to loose clothes and suits to hide the bulging from his chest. He prohibited himself also from going swimming without a t-shirt on. Prior to treatment, blood tests and ultrasound were all found to be normal.
Is it gynaecomastia or simply some excess fat in the chest area (pseudo-gynaecomastia)?
Should I worry about gynaecomastia?
On the other hand, if after appropriate investigations have been performed there is no evidence of glandular tissue and only fat is present, then it can be treated simply as a cosmetic problem.
How do I treat gynaecomastia/chest fat?
Firstly, the underlying cause of gynaecomastia must be treated. This may need to be done by an endocrinologist (a hormone specialist). Male chest enlargement without glandular tissue does not need to be investigated further.
Once the underlying cause has been determined and reversed, cosmetic treatment of this problem can commence.
One treatment for male gynaecomastia, and this is surgery. Surgery will require an incision around the nipple to allow access to the tissue so it can be removed.
Alternatively, treatment of the underlying hormonal problem can often resolve gynaecomastia, and this can sometimes be done with medication. Liposuction cannot be used to remove glandular tissue from the chest as the liposuction cannula ports are too fine to suction the glandular tissue. Liposuction and glandular tissue removal can be done in the same procedure.
Why should I choose The Victorian Cosmetic Institute to treat my gynaecomastia/man boobs?
The first step is simply contacting us for your initial consultation, where we will discuss with you what is a realistic and achievable outcome, and what to expect from your treatment.