Male breast reduction surgery, or Gynaecomastia, involves the surgical removal of unwanted breast tissue to create a sculptured, chiselled physique. The procedure is usually performed in combination with liposuction for enhanced results.

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Who is a good candidate for Gynaecomastia surgery?

The ideal candidate for male breast reduction is someone who has:

  • Substantial glandular tissue development or fatty breast tissue
  • Puffy nipple-areola complexes
  • A lack of masculine chest contour
  • Body anxiety or embarrassment
  • Overall good health
  • Realistic wants and expectations

What causes Gynaecomastia?

When the male body produces too little testosterone or too much oestrogen, the glandular tissue of the breast swells. This may be present in one or both breasts.

Male breast enlargement may be a result of:

  • Puberty
  • Ageing
  • Obesity, which can result in excess oestrogen
  • Disease: thyroid problems, cancer, kidney failure, liver disease
  • Prescription medications
  • Illegal drugs: anabolic steroids, marijuana, or heroin

Recovery from a Gynaecomastia surgery

Recovery varies from patient to patient. Rather than pain, most patients describe the sensation as discomfort and mild aches that are easily controlled with over-the-counter pain medication.

After the procedure, patients will require a dressing change at one week and two-week intervals. We provide Out of Town Patients with a letter containing detailed dressing change instructions to give to their GP if you cannot attend dressing change appointments at the Brisbane clinic.

Most patients should expect to take around one to two weeks off work. Patients with office jobs can usually return to work after one week; however, more physically demanding jobs will require a longer recovery period. Patients can usually return to their normal activities, including gym exercises, by six weeks.

Patients will experience swelling, and there may be bruising after the procedure. Major swelling usually subsides by three months, and the final results are noticeable at around the one-year mark. A compression garment will need to be worn continuously for six weeks after surgery.

We will schedule postoperative appointments throughout the following year. These appointments can be conducted via our Virtual Waiting Room or in person at our Brisbane clinic.


2 hours


Day surgery




Weeks 1 and 2


1 – 2 weeks


None for 6 weeks


Worn for 6 weeks


1 year

Scarring from Gynaecomastia surgery

Scarring depends on the extent of tissue removed. Incisions are placed discreetly to minimise scar visibility. Although chest hair will usually cover the small incisions, most scarring will fade over time with appropriate postoperative care.

Please visit Scarring After Surgery for more information.

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Gynaecomastia surgery can be performed at any age. It is ideal to wait until the breasts are fully developed to prevent future secondary procedures to remove additional breast tissue.

Glandular tissue may reform following your surgery if the underlying cause of gynaecomastia is not addressed.

Unfortunately not, surgery is the best way to treat gynaecomastia.

The cost of your male breast reduction can be broken down into three main components: the surgeon’s fee charged by our surgeons, anaesthetist fees and hospital fees. At Inigo Cosmetic, we customise our surgeries to each individual patient. To receive a detailed cost breakdown, please get in touch to book a consultation with one of our surgeons.