Male Chest Reduction for Gynaecomastia

Many men suffer fron Gynaecomastia, colloquially known as "man boobs". This is a condition whereby the man has excessive fatty tissue in the breast area. This is a surprisingly common condition, with in the region of 50% of men suffering with varying degrees of severity.

What happens during Male Chest Reduction?

The excess fat is removed by liposuction. In the majority of cases, a general anaesthetic is not required and you will be given a local anaesthetic before the procedure begins. An incision is made just underneath the nipple. You will normally be seen as a day case and will not need to spend a night in hospital. Any stitches used will be dissolvable so you will not need to have them removed. The surgery will last between one and three hours depending upon how much tissue is to be removed.

What sort of results can I expect?

Your chest will be flatter and it will have a more pleasing contour. See the typical before and after photos pictured below.

male chest reduction - gynaecomastia before and after photos

Who are the best candidates for this procedure?

This surgery can be performed on men of all ages, but the best results are obtained on men who have elastic skin that will readily mould itself to a new contour. If you are overweight, you may be advised to lose weight first to see if this corrects the condition on its own. It is thought that excessive alcohol consumption, using cannabis or taking steroids may cause Gynaecomastia in some individuals, so if you do any of these you may be advised to stop before surgery to see if the condition corrects itself.

How will I feel after the operation?

You will feel some discomfort for a few days, but may be prescribed pain relief to overcome this. Somebody should drive you home after the procedure and look after you for a couple of days. You will experience swelling and bruising. In order to minimise the swelling and encourage the best finished result, you will be advised to wear a lycra compression garment continously for two to three weeks. Most of the swelling will disappear within a few weeks, but it may take two to three months to see the final results. You should be able to return to work after about two weeks.

What are the risks?

  • Asymmetry in the finished result, perhaps requiring a correction
  • Changes in sensation in the treated area.
  • Scarring, although typically the incision is less than half an inch in length.
  • Internal scarring, making the chest area feel harder.