Male breast reduction (Gynaecomastia)
Our specialist plastic surgeon can:
- Enhance the contours of chest
- Lift and reposition nipples
- Correct Asymmetry
- Help to Improve body confidence
How would Male Breast Reduction benefit me?
Many men, more than you might think, suffer from gynaecomastia or ‘man boobs’…you are not alone! It is a very common condition with runs in families, might have a medical cause or could be the result of weight gain or weight loss. Whatever the reason, it is often embarrassing for men which can knock body confidence and result in a lack of self-esteem. Diet and exercise alone will not diminish gynaecomastia in fact keen gym regulars may actually exacerbate the condition whilst attempting to improve their chest aesthetics. A reduction will create a flatter, firmer and more contoured chest.
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Male Breast Reduction Consultation
An initial consultation will give you the opportunity to talk to your Consultant Plastic Surgeon about why you want surgery and what result you would like to achieve. Our surgeon will examine your breasts and skin carefully and may take some photographs. A full medical history will be taken to assess your suitability for surgery and your options will be discussed. You will need blood tests to rule out any disease as a cause.
The best treatment for you will depend on the size and type of your gynaecomastia. Liposuction or surgery may be advised.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Male breast reduction surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and takes approximately two and a half hours.
During the procedure incisions are carefully made which normally follow the curve of the areola (the darker skin around the nipple). If there is a lot of excess skin it may need to be removed with additional incisions below or to the side of the areolas or below the breast. Excess tissue is then carefully removed to create a firmer more contoured chest and the nipple is repositioned to define your new profile.
After a breast reduction operation there will be some scarring, but this will be minimised as far as possible by our specialist plastic surgeon.
Male Breast Reduction Recovery and Aftercare
After a breast reduction operation you can usually go home the day after surgery.
An appointment with a nurse will be made around ten days after surgery to check your dressings and wounds. It is important to keep your dressing dry to allow the wounds to heal.
Some swelling is normal and will settle over the first few months.
It is usually possible to return to work after the first week or two although if your work involves heavy activity it is advised to avoid this for six weeks. Sport and heavy exercise should be avoided for 6 weeks. You should wear a supportive sports vest for 6 weeks.
Follow up appointments will be scheduled to check on your progress.
The effects of gravity, hormones or weight gain in the future can impact the results of male breast reduction.
Risks associated with Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Although the risks are unlikely, it is very important to weigh these up against the benefits of the surgery. A consultation with your surgeon will help you to choose the right procedure and discuss any possible complications.
For further information on the procedure please visit the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) website here.