What To Expect Before & After Gynecomastia Surgery

The surgical correction of Gynecomastia in Sydney and Brisbane Australia, also known as a reduction mammoplasty, is recommended for men of any age, who are otherwise healthy and free of any conditions which may present a risk during the operation.  

If you’re a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery in Sydney or Brisbane and want to know how the procedure works, read on to learn what happens in the weeks leading up to your operation.


During your consultation at Esteem Cosmetic Studio, your aesthetic surgeon in Sydney or Brisbane will go through your medical history and answer any questions you may have. He will perform a physical examination of your chest and breast tissues, take some measurements, and make sure that your general state of health is suitable for surgery. Your surgeon will then take some clinical photographs that will be used for your “Before and After” comparison. 

During this initial stage, your surgeon at Esteem Cosmetic Studio in Sydney or Brisbane will attempt to rule out any potential pathologies that are behind your Gynecomastia. Such possible causes include impaired liver function, use of certain medications and use of anabolic steroids. If a medical problem is suspected as the cause of your enlarged breasts, your surgeon will likely refer you to an appropriate specialist.

If required, you may be advised to have a mammogram to check the physiological composition of your abnormal breast tissue further. Once your surgeon knows with precision how much glandular tissue is present, he will decide on which specific surgical technique best suits your case to remove your unwanted breast tissue.

Finally, your surgeon will explain the chosen surgical procedure in great detail as well as provide information regarding the type of anaesthesia that will be used on the day of your surgery in Sydney.


Like any other surgical procedure, Gynecomastia surgery requires preoperative care. Since this surgery is usually performed under the effects of general anaesthesia in Sydney and Brisbane, you must comply with every instruction your surgeon at Esteem Cosmetic Studio or his medical team give you. For example, it is very important that you observe a strict fast of solids and liquids for 6 hours before the surgery. It is also a requirement that you bring a family member or close friend who can look after you and provide you with transportation home when you are discharged from hospital.  

Initial male breast reduction recovery time takes about eight weeks on average. During this time, patients will want to take it easy, and must avoid strenuous activity to facilitate healing and prevent complications. During this period, a compression vest will be worn to help the skin retract and prevent fluid accumulation from occurring. Substantial swelling and some bruising are to be expected during this time, and any pain can be controlled with prescribed medication.

After the recovery period, patients can begin to resume some normal activities, such as returning to work and light exercise with caution; though your surgeon will give instructions according to your unique case. Bruising and swelling will resolve gradually until final results can be seen over the months following surgery.

Smokers should stop smoking for a minimum of six weeks before surgery and during the entire recovery period. Smoking negatively affects circulation, and this can have a negative effect on your body’s ability to heal after surgery. Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor which means it causes the vasculature to shrink and this can inhibit healing at a fresh surgical site, when blood vessels constrict, it can cause complications during surgery such as tissue death from lack of circulation. Remember, all sources of nicotine should be avoided. Not just cigarettes. This includes patches, nicotine gum, e-cigarettes, and second-hand smoking. This is to ensure good blood flow and adequate healing. 

Interested in Gynecomastia Surgery? Call the team at Esteem Cosmetic Studio on 1300 378 336 and schedule an appointment for an in-depth consultation.

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