Gynaecomastia (Male Breast) Reduction

What is Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

Gynaecomastia is a common condition affecting men of different ages, causing one or both breasts to become larger and more prominent than the average male’s.

This may be triggered by one or more of the following:

  • Weight gain
  • Hormonal changes
  • Diseases (including liver disease)
  • Genetics
  • Non-prescription drugs (marijuana, steroids)

Gynaecomastia can affect a man’s self-confidence and cause severe emotional distress, particularly when the breasts are too big to hide underneath clothing.

Male breast reduction incorporates liposuction and / or surgical excision to achieve a flatter chest.

Who is a Good Candidate for Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

Male breast reduction may not be suitable for all men, but you will be the ideal candidate if you:

  • Have tried to reduce the size of your breasts through diet and exercise
  • You feel self-conscious about your breasts, and possibly emotionally distressed
  • Your breasts feel sore and / or tender
  • You are an adult and your breasts are not still developing
  • You are in good physical health

We will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your chest during your consultation, to determine if surgery is the best option for you.

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Before And After Male Breast Reduction By Dr Gillett

What Happens During a Male Breast Reduction Procedure?

Male breast reduction involves surgical excision, liposuction or both if necessary.

Liposuction removes the excess fat to create a flatter chest, while excision involves cutting the glandular tissue or skin from the breast.

The incisions will be kept discrete and restricted to natural creases or around the areola, to minimise the visibility of scars.

Anaesthesia

Male breast reduction can be performed under a local anaesthetic for mild cases of gynaecomastia, but general anaesthetic is typically recommended.

Post-surgery Care

Following your male breast reduction surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising and discomfort. Numbness is a possibility too.

You will be required to wear a dressing or surgical strap to support your chest. Any excess fluid may need to be drained by inserting a tube into the breast affected.

Time away from work could be necessary depending on the extent of your treatment. You will have to avoid strenuous exercise (swimming, heavy lifting etc.) until told otherwise.

Potential Risks

Male breast reduction carries a number of potential risks, as with any other form of surgery:

  • The breasts or nipples may be asymmetrical
  • A follow-up surgical procedure may be required to remove any excess skin
  • Permanent changes to pigment in the nipples or breasts can occur
  • Weight gain could lead to future breast growth
  • Scars may be visible, though your surgeon will try to hide incisions to reduce this risk

All possible risks will be addressed during your consultation.

Before And After Male Breast Reduction By Dr Gillett

Your Male Breast Reduction Consultation with Dr Gillett

Your male breast reduction consultation is a chance to address any concerns or questions about the procedure you may have.

Dr Gillett will explore your surgery in great detail and help you understand exactly what your treatment will involve.

FAQS About Breast Reduction Procedure

A dressing or surgical strap may be worn following your male breast reduction procedure, to keep your chest supported and comfortable.

Patients must be careful while showering with the dressing or surgical bra. Further advice will be provided before and after surgery.

You may experience some mild discomfort following your male breast reduction surgery, but over-the-counter painkillers will help.

First Post Operative Appointment

We will invite you to our practice around one week after your surgery, to check your healing progress.

Second Post Operative Appointment

Your second post operative appointment will take place around two weeks or so after surgery. We will make sure your chest is healing as expected and offer any advice needed.

You should avoid taking part in sports or strenuous exercise as advised after your surgery. Your body needs time to heal, and the length of your recovery period will vary based on the extent of your procedure.

Swimming, heavy lifting, running, contact sport and more can pose a danger to your chest if you push yourself too soon. 

You should report these issues as they arise:

  • Chills or a fever exceeding 38 C
  • Increased swelling around the surgical site
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Increasing redness spreading from the site
  • Heavy bleeding