MALE BREAST REDUCTION
(Gynaecomastia)

If you have enlarged male breasts, male breast reduction procedure could be appropriate for you. Enlarged male breasts are caused by a medical condition known as 'gynaecomastia', which can cause undue stress & embarrassment . 20 percent of men in the UK suffer from the condition and in some cases, young adolescents can see their chest go to the size of a B or C cup. Undergoing male breast reduction surgery can offer a permanent solution to gynaecomastia.

Opting to undergo male breast reduction could mean that social activities, such as sunbathing and swimming , may become much more enjoyable for gynaecomastia sufferers. What's more, your chest will become much more aesthetically pleasing - to you and those around you - following male breast reduction surgery, producing a firmer, flatter male chest enabling you to lead a more normal life

Who's male breast reduction for?

Male breast reduction (Gynaecomastia surgery) on healthy men of any age. Usually the best candidates for surgery have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the body's new contours.

What does male breast reduction involve?

The procedure removes fat and or glandular tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases removes excess skin. The surgery is usually carried out under general anaesthetic and you would normally be required to stay in hospital for one night.

How is male breast reduction performed?

The procedure is carried out by 2 methods, and sometimes a combination of both.

  1. By making incision below the areola (subareolar incision)and cutting away the unwanted breast tissue.
  2. With the advancement of surgical techniques and the introduction of specifically designed liposuction equipment, the surgeon is able to break up and draw off excess fat through a fine cannula. The breast fat is approached from a tiny incision towards the armpit or under the nipple. This incision heals well and is difficult to see.

Are there any risks with male breast reduction?

In experienced hands , significant complications from Gynaecomastia correction are infrequent. Every year, many men undergo successful breast-reduction surgery, experience no major problems and are delighted with the results. Anyone considering surgery, however, should be aware of both the benefits and the risks which will be discussed during consultation.

What happens after male breast reduction surgery?

Bruising is a natural result of the surgery and may persist for a week or so. Swelling or lumpiness within the tissues can persist for a month or so. Infection is uncommon but preventive antibiotics will be prescribed at discharge from hospital. You will be seen at 2 and 6 weeks to ensure satisfactory progress.

When are the results obvious?

Following male breast reduction surgery, the breast tissue does not grow back but the swelling can take up to two months to settle . Male breast reduction is very successful in that it is a permanent solution, which restores confidence and relieves distress and embarrassment.

When can I resume my normal activities?

Following surgery many patients return to work between one and two weeks following surgery. Lifting should be avoided for about 14 days. Contact sport should be avoided for at least one month.