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Gynaecomastia

What is it?

Some men develop unwanted breast tissue (gynaecomastia) that causes social embarrassment. This can happen at any age but is more common in the late teenage years or later in life. Hormonal imbalance and a number of drugs also cause this condition.

Why have it?

Reduction of the male chest can lead to a flatter and more defined masculine chest. It will give more confidence when wearing clothes, and also with minimal scarring procedures, increased confidence when bare-chested.

Reasons not to have it?

Being overweight and smoking can increase the incidence of complications from gynaecomastia surgery. It may be wise to delay surgery until smoking is stopped or cut down, and a proportion of excess weight lost.

Gynaecomastia surgery is not a substitute for diet and exercise.

Techniques vary and sometimes scars are necessary that can be visible, although minimal scars and removal of excess breast tissue by liposuction is the most common technique.

Asymmetry can persists and nipple sensation can be altered.

A pressure garment needs to be worn for at least 6 weeks following surgery.

The Short Version

Male breast reduction. A variety of techniques. Scars can be around the nipple and sometimes also in the breast crease. Risks include bleeding, infection, nipple or skin loss as well as change in nipple sensation, skin sagging, asymmetry and lumpiness. Usually an overnight stay in hospital with recovery taking 4-6 weeks.

Procedure Stats

  • General Anaesthetic
  • Day case or overnight stay
  • Recovery 4-6 Weeks

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