It has been reported that at least 30% of males are affected by gynecomastia during their life. Also known as man boobs, gynecomastia can cause men to feel self-conscious about their chest often avoiding wearing certain types of clothing and activities like swimming where they are required to bear their chest. Your GP is a good place to start should you suspect that you may have gynecomastia but unfortunately getting treatment for this on the NHS can be very difficult and many patients find themselves going privately to put an end to their discomfort.
Male breast reduction surgery is the most effective known treatment for gynecomastia.
If you are seeking male breast reduction then it is most likely that you have a condition known as Gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is when the breast tissue in men becomes enlarged. It can be caused by genetics, certain medications or hormonal changes and males of any age can develop it.
Gynecomastia has 4 main characteristics.
Gynecomastia can easily be identified in men who have excess localised fat in the chest area often with an increased amount of breast skin too. Sufferers may also notice an increase in glandular tissue giving the chest a puffy appearance and that it can affect one or both breasts.
You are likely to be a good candidate for male chest reduction surgery.
The majority of patients that visit us for male chest reduction are suitable for surgery as long as you are over 18 years of age and the condition can’t be corrected through alternative medical treatments. You must also be healthy with no pre-existing medical conditions that can impair healing. You must be physically healthy and at your ideal weight. We also advise patients to refrain from smoking before, after and during the recovery of the procedure.
Excess fat and glandular tissue can be removed during the procedure.
In some cases the chest may have an excess amount of glandular tissue that will need to be removed to achieve the best result and less risk of gynecomastia reoccurring. This can be achieved through surgical liposuction and your surgeon will be able to discuss the best option for you.
To ensure your procedure goes smoothly we recommend that you;
Stop smoking before your procedure, avoid excessive sun exposure, stop taking blood thinning medication or supplements, book time off work, let your surgeon know if you become unwell in the weeks leading up to your scheduled procedure, ensure you have travel arrangements to get you to and from the hospital and make sure that you have been measured up for any post-surgical garments.
Initial recovery from male chest reduction surgery can take 5-10 days.
You will have an initial period of recovery where you will expected to rest and wear any dressings, bandages and compression garments as advised by your surgeon. You may experience swelling and bruising during this stage and may need to take pain medication to manage any discomfort. In some cases a drain may be used to remove any excess blood or fluid from the incisions. Vaser liposuction will allow for a quicker recovery than surgical liposuction, patients usually only need to take 1-2 days off work depending on what their job role involves. You will still be required to wear a compression garment for 3 weeks and refrain from heavy lifting and any other strenuous activities. Surgical liposuction may require you to take a week off work and to wear your garment and avoid exercise for around 4 weeks post procedure. In both cases, after 6 weeks you should start to be able to see the final results but full recovery can take up to 6 months.
Results from Male Chest Reduction surgery are permanent.
As with many surgical procedures, the results from male chest reduction surgery are meant to be permanent however certain lifestyle factors can alter the results. An excessive increase or decrease in weight can cause results to change and certain medications or supplements can trigger gynecomastia to appear again.
Even male chest reduction surgery had its risks.
All surgical procedures come with risks and even though male chest reduction is designed to treat gynecomastia it still has some risks and side effects such as;
Bleeding, scarring, infection, chest asymmetry, blood clots, anaesthesia related risks, changes to nipple sensation and irregular chest contour or shape.
You may have Pseudogynecomastia not gynecomastia.
Before you are considered for surgery, your surgeon will want to assess you to ascertain your suitability for surgery. In some cases, where males think they have gynecomastia, may actually have Pseudogynecomastia which is when the appearance of male breasts are just down to fatty deposits and not glandular tissue. In most cases, a routine of regular exercise and healthy eating will be able to reduce the appearance of pseudogynecomastia but for stubborn areas of fat vaser liposuction can be used to improve the appearance of the chest.
Why choose The Private Clinic?
The Private Clinic has extensive experience in treating patients with gynecomastia. We are able to offer a range of male breast reduction treatments to help reduce excess fat on the male chest which includes Vaser Liposuction, MicroLipo and Surgical Liposuction.
Male Chest Reduction surgery consultations with our expert surgeons take place in our clinics in: London, Birmingham, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton. To find out more or to book a consultation call 0333 920 2471 or book your male chest reduction consultation online.