Male Breast Reduction: 4 Reasons Gynecomastia Is On the Rise

 4 Reasons Male Breast Reduction for Gynecomastia is on the Rise

Gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction surgery, is on the rise according to the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. The surgery is fast becoming one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures for Australian men.  With Gynaecomastia becoming more commonplace, people want to know why male breasts are becoming enlarged in the first place. It appears that everything from our lifestyles, our eating habits, our agricultural practices and even ageing processes and common medications may all play some part in the development of puffy, enlarged male breasts that require surgery to restore a flatter, masculine chest appearance.

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Weight gain and hormonal fluctuations (which are associated factors in cases of obesity), along with alcohol and other substance use, all contribute to higher rates of “man boobs” or “moobs” in Australian males, as well as men living in other developed nations.

Men are usually embarrassed by having enlarged or puffy male breasts or ‘moobs’

Most men with Gynecomastia (Gynaecomastia) are embarrassed by their condition. They often want to shape and reduce the size of their protruding breast tissues.

Gynecomastia is most prevalent in adolescent boys as well as men aged 50-70.

Whilst young boys do end up having gynecomastia, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends waiting until the body or breast tissue has fully developed (and stopped growing) before an individual undertakes male breast reduction surgery (Plastic Surgery for Gynaecomastia). For men of all ages, who feel embarrassed at the gym or fear going topless during summer, it can be difficult to wait for surgery.


What is Gynecomastia and should you have an operation to reduce the size of your chest area or breast tissue (Male Breast Reduction Surgery)?

Gynaecomastia/Gynecomastia is characterised and diagnosed by:

  • Excess fat
  • Excess glandular tissue development
  • Excess breast skin
  • Present in one or both breasts
  • Breasts appearing more similar to a woman’s than a typical flat male chest

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Sometimes, as in the image above, the breast tissue expansion is the result of massive weight gain. Even when the weight is loss, there may still be pockets of excess breast fat and sagging skin along the chest area.  Sometimes this requires surgical reduction and sometimes liposuction alone can work to get a flatter looking chest; but often, it requires both surgical and liposuction interventions.


 Why Are Men Choosing Male Breast Reduction?

Gynecomastia affects between 40-60% of the male population. Instead of suffering embarrassment in silence, or being afraid to wear tight shirts, many men are opting for Plastic Surgery to reduce the size of their breasts and get a flatter-looking, masculine looking chest.

There are many reasons men across Australia are choosing Male Breast Reduction rather than just covering up their chests with baggy clothing.

Reasons you might choose male breast reduction surgery for Gynecomastia

  1. It’s hard to hide your chest area; most clothes will reveal whether or not you have Gynecomastia.
  2. In Australia’s summer heat, going topless – even if just at home in the garden wearing sun protection – is a common practice; if you are embarrassed by your chest area, you might feel reluctant to do so – and increase your body temperature to uncomfortable levels.
  3. The stigma of having cosmetic surgery including corrective plastic surgery is rapidly declining, particularly for men.
  4. Men have increased general access to surgery information via social media channels, television and other digital media – allowing you to not only research the procedure but hear and see before and after surgery photos of other men who have undergone male breast surgery for Gynecomastia.

To see if you’re a good surgery candidate for Male Breast Surgery to reduce the appearance of “man boobs”, ask yourself the following questions.

  1. Do you feel unhappy or embarrassed about the protruding tissues or size of your breasts?
  2. Are you frequently hiding your moobs under loose t-shirts and layered clothing?
  3. Do you feel uncomfortable to go topless even in summer or at the beach?
  4. Have you shied away from wearing form-fitting clothing such as well-fitted shirts or tank tops?
  5. Are diet and exercising failing to give you a flatter chest?
  6. In general, are you in good health or a suitable candidate to undergo surgery?

If you answered yes to the above questions, you might be a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery by Mr Richard Maxwell, one of Melbourne’s highly experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeons.

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Quite often, enlarged male breasts are a result of weight gain or hormonal changes – or as noted above, they could relate to both, with obesity and hormonal imbalances common.

If you have tried making nutritional changes and getting more exercise, and are at a relatively healthy weight and BMI – but still have a puffy or enlarged, feminine looking chest area – you are not alone.  

It may be fruitful to get tested for your hormonal balances (such as testosterone or androgen) or to see if you were born with an extra “x” chromosome (more common than you might be aware), but overall, men with relatively normal genetic makeup still suffer from enlarged breasts.

Many men seek male breast reduction after exhausting other options, such as making nutritional changes and getting regular exercise.  Fortunately, Male Breast Reduction surgery for Gynecomastia is often a relatively low-down time Surgery Procedure. Specialist Plastic Surgeon Mr Richard Maxwell has helped a lot of men gain a flatter looking chest that they feel more comfortable sporting in social situations, in the locker room and during intimacy.

Some men with enlarged breast tissues also report pain or increased sensitivity in the general breast area, during exercising or whilst performing other activities.  Whilst every patient – and hence every surgery result – is unique, surgery may help reduce this problem for some patients.  Ask Mr Maxwell what to expect during a confidential consultation about getting your breast area reduced to a flatter, more traditionally masculine appearance.

Benefits of Male Breast Reduction

Only you can make a decision about male breast reduction surgery.  It’s important that if you choose surgery, you understand the potential surgery risks, the variability in outcomes, and that you are doing the surgery for YOURSELF and not to please another person.  For best long term results, it’s also important that you adopt and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle in terms of diet, nutrition and exercise.  Significant weight changes could change your surgery results over time, and additional post-weight loss surgery might be required for some patients who’ve lost a lot of weight through bariatric gastric surgery procedures or through seriously altered lifestyles.

If you have surgery and feel pleased with your male breast surgery outcome, you may be likely to feel or enjoy these benefits:

  • Increased self confidence
  • Restored shape and tone of your chest
  • Comfort going without a shirt in summer or on the boat (wear sun protection!) or wearing swimmers and tank tops
  • Chest will tend to appear more masculine or sporty looking

Plus, with less breast tissue, you might find your range of motion feels easier or less burdensome. This can lead to increased participation in sporting activities such as playing hockey, soccer, footy or rugby, as well as running, swimming, cycling, golf and other sports.

Another key motivator and result from breast reduction surgery for enlarged male breasts is increased comfort during intimacy and in interpersonal relationships.

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Click here to see before and after photographs of a sample of Mr Maxwell’s patients for male breast surgery.

Gynecomastia Surgery Procedure (Male Breast Reduction)

  • Male breast reduction surgery contours the breast shape and removes excess fat and tissue through surgical incisions and/or liposuction.
  • You will be put under general anesthesia and tiny incisions will be made underneath the folds of your breast.
  • With a liposuction approach (either on its own but more often combined with surgical reduction of redundant skin), a small cannula is inserted into the area to break up the fat cells in the breast tissues, whilst removing them using suction assisted technology.

The results of Gynecomastia Surgery or Male Breast Reduction Surgery are typically permanent.

You will often notice very little scarring. Specialist Surgeon Mr Maxwell has unique approaches to help minimise your scars and may also assist you to reduce scars and heal more rapidly with the assistance of the skin care team at Coco Ruby Skin & Anti-Ageing.

Depending on your unique procedure, you can typically return to work or to your classes within a week if not sooner.  Just be sure you follow Mr Maxwell’s post-op healing instructions carefully, and don’t overdo it – especially in terms of exercising.   Only return to exercising once you’ve been cleared to do so by your Surgeon.

Gynecomastia is More Common Than You Think

If you are experiencing enlarged breast tissue, you are not alone.

Men all over Australia are turning to male breast reduction surgery to shape and contour their chests and reduce the embarrassing size of their breasts.

Mr Richard Maxwell, a highly skilled and fully qualified Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne, will be happy to meet with you and discuss the pros, cons, recovery details and surgery scheduling options with you regarding your Gynecomastia surgery.


If you’d like to know more about procedures and Mr Maxwell, one of Melbourne’s most experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeons and a specialist for men’s cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures including facelifts, body lifts, and male breast reduction, submit a confidential enquiry form or phone our Patient Care Advisors during clinic hours on (03) 8849 1462.

Dr Maxwell sees both men and women for breast, body, nose and face surgery in his consulting rooms in Hawthorn East.

Last updated: September 14, 2021
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Dr Richard Maxwell MBBS FRACS(Plas)
Mr. Richard Maxwell graduated in medicine from Monash University in Melbourne in 1981. He trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Alfred Hospital, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit in Melbourne. He completed his training in 1989, gaining the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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