Male Breast Reduction (Man Boobs / Gynecomastia)
The presence of excess fatty breast tissue in men can lead to feelings of embarrassment and can make some men self-conscious of their bodies. A male breast reduction procedure can help to relieve the effects of gynecomastia, helping you to feel confident and comfortable in your skin.
If excess breast tissue is having an impact on your life, our expert surgeons may be able to help.
Gynaecomastia is the medical term for an excess of fatty breast tissue that occurs in men and is commonly referred to 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. This condition is far more common than you make think.
Often the first suggested treatment for gynecomastia is sensible dieting and spending a bit more time at the gym to reduce the fatty component of the breast tissue. This can work in some circumstance, but in others the only way to improve the appearance and contour of the chest is through male breast reduction surgery.
Our surgeons are among the leading UK specialists in male breast reduction surgery. We can discuss your individual circumstances to determine what is the best approach for you and offer expert advice on if a male breast reduction procedure is the most appropriate way forward.
The exact cost of your procedure will depend on your individual circumstances and the extent of the surgery itself. However, as a general guide, the following from and to prices are indicative:
Male Breast Reduction – £3,500 – £5,500
Your surgeon will be able to provide more information on the cost of your surgery. You may also be able to qualify for finance on your breast reduction procedure, with a range of packages to make the procedure more affordable.
A male breast reduction or gynaecomastia procedure will require either a local or general anaesthetic. The surgery normally takes around 1-2 hours.
There are a number of surgical options available and treatment will depend upon the severity of the condition:
Gynaecomastia is divided into three grades:
- Grade 1: Breast tissue is distinct and situated under the nipple with no extra fat or loose skin. An incision is made around the lower half of the areola and the breast tissue is removed.
- Grade 2: Excess breast tissue is more extensive and may blend into surrounding fat. There is no excess skin. Treatment will often include a combination of liposuction and surgical excision.
- Grade 3: Here there is extensive breast development with an excess of skin. Treatment may require more extensive incisions than grades 1 or 2 to allow for removal of the excess skin.
The most appropriate option for your situation will be discussed in detail with your surgeon at your consultation, so you know exactly what to expect and the results you can achieve.
Male breast reduction surgery takes place under a general anaesthetic, either as a day case or involving an overnight stay in hospital.
Drains are usually inserted following the procedure and patients are warned that occasionally drainage can be prolonged.
Following male breast reduction surgery, you will have some discomfort in the breast tissue, which may be accompanied with bruising and swelling. Most patients find this pain entirely manageable with mild painkillers and bruising should fade after a few weeks.
A support garment should be worn at all times for up to 3 weeks after surgery and light activity should be undertaken to aid recovery. You should be able to return to normal exercise and activities by 4-6 weeks after your procedure.
Your surgeon will provide comprehensive information on what to expect following your surgery. If you experience excessive pain after your procedure, or are worried about any aspect of your recovery, you should contact us as soon as possible. Our comprehensive aftercare policy ensures that you are in safe hands throughout your cosmetic surgery journey.
Like surgery of any type, male breast reduction does come with some associated risks and it’s important to understand these before you have your procedure. Your surgeon will discuss these in detail with you, at your consultation prior to any surgery. Some possible side-effects are listed below, however, male breast reduction surgery is generally a safe procedure and complications are rare.
Scarring – This is usually restricted to the areola, in more advanced cases scars may extend onto the chest.
Bleeding – The male breast has a rich blood supply and some bleeding is not uncommon. Drains are often left in for a short period of time.
Seroma (fluid collection) – Occasionally fluid can collect under the skin after removal of the breast tissue. This can be drained using a syringe until the fluid stops collecting. This drainage can be done as an out patient.
Sensation – Reduced sensation may occur after this operation.
Asymmetry -Mild asymmetries are not uncommon following this procedure including some indentation behind the nipple. For very extensive gynaecomastia more than one procedure may be required to obtain an optimal result.
It is important to discuss any concerns you have about any aspect of your treatment with your dedicated MyBreast surgeon.
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