Our Plastic Surgeons
Skilled and experienced plastic surgery experts
All four specialists are New Zealand trained plastic and cosmetic surgeons with a vast surgical experience over many years and many thousands of patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the first steps?
Your surgeon will perform a thorough medical examination, answer all your questions, and suggest the most appropriate treatment. Photographs will be taken before and after your surgery to plan your operation and to record your results.
Sometimes laboratory tests or a medical specialist referral may be indicated and a breast X-ray (mammogram) may be performed in some cases of gynaecomastia to rule out the presence of breast cancer, and to determine whether your breast enlargement is secondary to an increase in fat, glandular tissue, or both. The appropriate procedure can then be determined.
Like any surgical procedure there are some risks and possible complications, including post-operative bleeding, infection, scaring and asymmetry. These are uncommon, but your surgeon will discuss them with you.
What does the surgery involve?
Surgery may include liposuction only, gland removal through a small cut around the nipple, or a combination of both. The ideal treatment depends on the consistency of the breast tissue (whether it is more firm and glandular, or more soft and fatty), and a patient’s age.
Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction (UAL) has proven to be very beneficial in the treatment of gynaecomastia. This is a safe, proven technology using sound waves to help melt some of the fibrous fat and tissue. It may be possible to reduce relatively large male breasts solely by UAL without necessitating large scars. Sometimes a second, smaller procedure may be required to remove excessive skin which does not shrink back after UAL.
A breast reduction can take approximately 1.5-2 hours. Depending on the complexity of the operation, your surgeon will either use a local or general anaesthetic.
In most cases, an overnight stay is not required.
What is the recovery process?
After surgery you will wear a pressure vest for several weeks to minimize any swelling and bruising. Your surgeon will advise you to stay off work for a week and to avoid contact sports for about four to six weeks. You should be able to resume most of your normal activities within a month.
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