Male Chest Reduction (Gynecomastia)
The Private Clinic’s doctors have extensive experience in all forms of liposuction for men, and the team perform close to 2000 VASER Lipo treatments each year (more than any other clinic in Europe)
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- About this Treatment
- Before & Afters
- What to Expect
- Our Clinics
- Things to Consider
- Patient Stories
- Why the Private Clinic
- Meet the Surgeons
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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.
Last Reviewed March 15th 2022
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Breast fat can be very hard to shift, even if a weight loss plan has worked for the rest of the body, and the resulting ‘man boobs’ can cause embarrassment and can undermine confidence. The good news is there are safe, effective ways to tackle this problem, depending on your needs and the results you’re looking to achieve.
Over 35% of our liposuction patients are male, with the chest being one of the most common problem areas.
What is gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia or gynaecomastia is more commonly known as man boobs – affects around 15% of adult men in the UK and is caused when excess fat develops in a man’s breast area. Many young individuals develop gynaecomastia using drugs for bodybuilding in the gym and some require male breast reduction after weight loss. The Private Clinic offers a range of male breast reduction treatments including gynecomastia surgery to help reduce excess fat on the male chest. These includes both non invasive Lipo – VASER Liposuction, MicroLipo and Surgical Liposuction.
Each patient has to be evaluated individually to see what’s best for him; his medical history has to be evaluated and an ultrasound scan should be performed in certain cases to rule out any lumps or malignancies which, although extremely rare, can still occur even in male breast tissue.
Massive weight loss patients may require a more complex procedure which is similar to a female breast reduction with skin incisions and scars.
“My man boobs were always a problem and I felt embarrassed in the changing rooms after going to the gym. I had a fit body and good physique but with breasts! I had Vaser Lipo and after reduced bruising and swelling the results look impressive! I would recommend it to anyone!”
1 – 2 hours
Day case / Overnight
Back to work
1 week after dressing removal
Local with sedation or general
Up & Mobile
4-5 days depend of the wound
Full Recovery Time
Avoid sleeping on stomach for 6 weeks
Chest compression garment for 6 weeks
How is a male breast reduction procedure performed?
Liposuction gynecomastia is the best way to target stubborn areas of fat that simply won’t shift. This is why we offer three different variations of the treatment for ‘moob’ reduction:
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Before & After
What to expect
The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 35 years with thousands of people placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert surgeons who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.
We have a team of expert plastic surgeons and liposuction doctors who are very experienced in reducing the appearance of gynecomastia. We offer a range of different male chest reduction techniques to suit everyone including vaser liposuction, micro liposuction, and surgical liposuction.
You will start your journey with a consultation where our surgeons or doctors will:
- Discuss the techniques available
- Your medical history
- Your expectations from surgery
- Examine and measure you and note any irregularities
- Recommend the treatment most suited to your needs and to achieve your aims
- Detail the risks and complications of male chest reduction surgery
- Go through the aftercare and recovery process
You will then be allocated a dedicated patient coordinator who will be your point of contact should you wish to go ahead with the procedure.
In the interests of patient safety all our patients are assessed against our patient selection criteria. Following your male chest reduction consultation your medical history will be reviewed and the pre-operative nurse will advise on pre-operative tests.
Most male chest reduction pre-operative assessments include a blood test, MRSA swabs, urine test and a blood pressure test.
They will also advise you of any precautions you need to take in the days or weeks leading up to your male chest reduction procedure and advise on any medication that you should stop taking before your procedure.
Male Chest Reduction Surgery
You will arrive at the hospital usually an hour ahead of your scheduled surgery time. The time taken for surgery and the type of anaesthesia used will vary from patient to patient depending on the technique used.
- The nursing team will record your blood pressure and prep you for surgery.
- You will meet with the surgeon or liposuction doctor who will go through the procedure again and answer any questions.
- Pre-operative photos will be taken.
- Your chest will be marked up ready for surgery.
There are several techniques that the surgeon or liposuction doctor could use, but generally the operation involves:
Administering either general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation.
- The surgeon making an incision around the nipple
- Liposuction being used to suck out excess fatty tissue.
- In the occurrence of excess glandular tissue, this will need to be surgically removed and may require a larger incision.
- Excess skin from the chest is removed.
- The nipple and areola may be relocated to be more in proportion to the chest.
- The incisions are closed with absorbable stitches and tape is put in place to protect them.
- A compression garment may be applied to the area.
- You will then be taken back to your room where you may be required to stay overnight for observation.
- Once the surgeon and nursing team are happy that you are safe you return home, you will be discharged and allowed to leave accompanied by a family member or friend.
After your male chest reduction procedure
When your surgeon discharges you from hospital you will be given a post- operative instruction sheet explaining what to do and what to avoid doing following your operation. You will also be given details on how to contact us should you feel worried or concerned at any stage of your recovery, we are available 24 hours, 7 days a week.
We advise taking at least a week off work to recover from your gynecomastia correction procedure. Exercise can gradually be built up from 2-3 weeks post-surgery, but upper body workouts should be avoided for 6 weeks. You must also continue to wear your compression support garment as advised by your surgeon.
A follow-up appointment with a clinic nurse will be made to check your wounds which usually takes place approximately 4-14 days following your surgical or liposuction procedure. You will then be asked to return to see your surgeon around 6 weeks following your procedure at this stage you should be back to your everyday activities, but your surgeon will be able to advise you on anything that you are unsure of or have questions about.
Things to Consider
Our advice on what to consider when deciding to have a chest reduction (Gynecomastia) procedure:
1. When choosing a clinic, you should always do your research, and only go to an established, reputable clinic.
The Private Clinic has been in the cosmetic surgery industry for over 35 years. We are here to answer all of your questions and give you peace of mind.
2. When choosing a surgeon, make sure you know who you’ll be seeing. Their expertise, qualifications and patient satisfaction rate are important factors to take into consideration.
At The Private Clinic, we only source the most experienced and specialised surgeons. Find out more about our plastic surgeons here.
3. Price should never be the deciding factor when choosing where to have your treatment. Safety should be your number one priority and feeling confident that they will look after you – not only before, but also after your procedure
4. When it sounds too good to be true, it often is. Always find out your clinic’s reputation is.
Our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction, honest advice and outstanding care means your journey with The Private Clinic will be an exciting experience to a newfound shape.