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Male breast reduction surgery, or Gynaecomastia, involves the surgical removal of breast tissue that the patient considers unwanted, with the aim of creating a flatter chest contour. This procedure is usually performed in combination with liposuction which may further assist outcomes. 

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Who is a good candidate for Gynaecomastia surgery?

The ideal candidate for male breast reduction is someone who is considered to have:

  • Excessive skin or fatty breast tissue.
  • Puffy nipple areola complexes
  • Overall good health
  • Realistic expectations

What causes Gynaecomastia?

Male breast enlargement may be a result of:

  • Puberty
  • Ageing
  • Obesity
  • Disease
  • Prescription medications
  • Illegal drugs such as anabolic steroids

Recovery from a Gynaecomastia surgery

Recovery varies from patient to patient. Rather than pain, most patients describe the sensation asdiscomfortormild achesthat aregenerally 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 may require a longer recovery period. Patients can usually return to their normal activities, including gym exercises, by six weeks.

Patients may experience swelling and there may be bruising after the procedure. Major swelling usually subsides by about three months and the results are usually 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 usually depends on the extent of tissue removed. Incisions are placed with the aim of  discreetly minimising scar visibility. Although chest hair will usually cover the small incisions, most scarring should fade over time with appropriate postoperative care.

Please visit Scarring After Surgery for more information.

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Gynaecomastia surgery canusuallybe performed on patients over 18 years old. It is ideal to wait until the breasts are fully developed to assist in preventing future secondary procedures to removefurtherbreast tissue. At Inígo Cosmetic we do not perform surgery on anyone under the age of 18.

Glandular tissue may sometimes reform and it may be beneficial to review the underlying cause of gynaecomastia.

Surgery is usually considered the optimal treatment for gynaecomastia.

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