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Male Breast Reduction – All you need to know!

Posted on September 18, 2014

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the medical term for an excess of fatty breast tissue that occurs in men and is commonly known as man-boobs or ‘moobs’. The excess tissue can develop at puberty or may happen later in life, it is sometimes a response to a hormone imbalance or may be the result of treatment with certain drugs such as steroids.

Who gets it?

This condition is more common than you think and affects up to 30% of men across all age groups, often developing in adolescence. Occasionally, there is a specific cause (hormone imbalance or medication) but often not.

When would I need male breast reduction surgery?

If you’ve tried sensible dieting and spending a bit more time at the gym but it’s not reduced the fatty component of your breast tissue, it can be very frustrating and it may cause great social embarrassment. Start by talking to a surgeon who specializes in Gynaecomastia. A consultation with one of the UKs leading cosmetic surgery companies, MyBreast, would provide clear guidance on how a simple and effective treatment can deliver a flatter, more muscular-defined chest with minimal scarring giving body confidence and comfort.

What does male breast reduction surgery involve?

Following your consultation, your MyBreast surgeon will suggest an appropriate operative approach. You’ll be seen as a daycase procedure that involves a short general anaesthetic (1-2 hours). For mild cases, the extra tissue can be extracted through tiny scars using liposuction. For moderate cases, some tissue is removed directly through a small scar around the nipple in addition to liposuction. In very severe cases, more extensive scars may be required to remove the extra skin folds as well as breast tissue. All surgery has associated risks and your surgeon will discuss these with you, however male breast reduction surgery is generally a safe procedure. It is important to discuss any concerns you have about any aspect of your treatment with your MyBreast surgeon.

How long will I be in hospital for?

Male breast reduction surgery takes place under a general anesthetic and may involve an overnight stay in hospital.

What to expect after cosmetic surgery?

You will notice a difference straight away although it will take 4-6 months for everything to settle down to get the final result. Most of the bruising and swelling settles within 2-3 weeks. Wearing a compression garment for the first 6 weeks can help reduce the swelling further and help the skin tighten up to give a more defined look. By 4-6 weeks, you can return to normal exercise and activities.

MyBreast plastic surgeons are among the leading UK specialists in male breast reduction surgery. They are able to offer expert advice on the most appropriate procedure for you. Take the first step by calling 0870 780 4000 today. Or why not complete an enquiry form to book a consultation at