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What is gynaecomastia?

Gynecomastia – 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.

Male Breast Reduction with The Private Clinic

The Private Clinic’s doctors have extensive experience in all forms of liposuction for men treatments, and the team perform close to 2000 VASER Lipo treatments each year (more than any other clinic in Europe). Over 35% of our liposuction patients are male, with the chest being one of the most common problem areas. Male Chest Reduction / Gynecomastia surgery consultations can take place in our clinics in: London, Birmingham, Bristol, BuckinghamshireLeeds, ManchesterNorthampton and Milton Keynes.

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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.

“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!”

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Male Chest Reduction (Gynecomastia)

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:

VASER Lipo

VASER Liposuction is a minimally invasive treatment for gynecomastia that can give you the body you want, without the pain and risk of major surgery and without the need of general anaesthetic. It is less invasive than traditional liposuction and, because it differentiates between fat and important tissues such as nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues, the risk of damage to these tissues is practically eliminated.

With VASER liposuction, the fat is liquefied and removed from the body through a gentle suction process. Less invasive than traditional liposuction, VASER lipo is a walk-in walk-out procedure which doesn’t require a hospital stay or long time away from work or sport activities. Results are very soft and natural looking.

For patients who prefer a very athletic, sculpted look, VASER High Definition is a better option. Click here for our gallery of before and after photos and to see the difference between standard VASER and VASER High Definition.

MicroLipo

Featured on Tatler’s 2011 Guide of Beauty and Cosmetic Surgery, the Microcannulas Technique or MicroLipo is also ideal for male breast reduction. Cannulas less than 3 mm in diameter are used to remove the fat, which means there is less risk of irregularities and depressions in the skin compared to regular liposuction.

Both VASER and MicroLipo are carried out under local anaesthetic, so you’ll feel no pain during your treatment.

Surgical Liposuction

Most patients, moderately overweight and with so called pseudo-gynecomastia are well-suited for treatment with liposuction alone. Minimal excess skin will shrink after surgery and re-drape in a satisfactory manner over the pectoralis muscles during the healing process.

Surgical liposuction is more invasive than the other two forms, but best for those who have a large amount of fat to be extracted. It is often performed under general anaesthetic, which means you may require a hospital stay but your surgeon will explain thoroughly why it will suit your needs best before you decide to go ahead.

What can a male breast reduction achieve?

As a result pockets of fat in your chest area can successfully be reduced, improving the overall shape and contours of your body.* However, your chest area will show the most improvement in the months after the procedure.

How long does it take to recover from Male Breast Reduction?

Downtime is minimal for VASER and MicroLipo and you can get back to your daily routine almost immediately. However, because there may be some bruising and swelling, it’s best to wait one to two weeks before you hit the gym or do any other rigorous physical activity. Many of our procedures allow patients to return to work within 48-72 hours. Surgical Liposuction will require a longer recovery period, and you may have drains fitted following treatment. Your recovery will be explained thoroughly to you during consultations, as each treatment is entirely individual.

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What is male chest reduction?

A male chest reduction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that aims to reduce excess fat and glandular tissue to leave patients with a firmer, flatter and more masculine contour to the chest.

Male breast reduction procedures are most suited to men who are suffering with gynecomastia or enlarged male breasts and treatments include liposuction or surgical removal.

To find out more about male chest reduction procedures click here to book a consultation.

What is gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia, more commonly known as man boobs is a common condition that causes the chest tissue to swell and appear larger than normal. The excess tissue can feel rubbery or firm and often extends outwardly from the centre of the nipples affecting either one or both breasts.

Gynecomastia must first be distinguished from other similar conditions such as pseudogynecomastia which can all give the same appearance of an enlarged chest of a male. Pseudogynecomastia can greatly be reduced with weight loss whereas true gynecomastia can only be helped with a surgical procedure.

To find out more about gynecomastia click here to book a consultation with one of our surgeons who will be able to assess your suitability for surgery.

What are man boobs?

Man Boobs is essentially a slang name or common terminology for Gynecomastia that seemed to have first originated in the early 2000’s quickly gaining popularity and being used in media across the western world. Gynecomastia, or man boobs is a condition that causes an excess of glandular tissue in the male chest which can give the appearance of an enlarged chest. This appearance can often be similar to that of a women’s breast which is how the name ‘man boobs’ was created.

At The Private Clinic we can treat Man boobs, the best place to start is to book a consultation to with one of our surgeons.

What is Pseudogynecomastia?

Pseudogynecomastia also known as lipomastia is when the appearance of male breasts is because of fatty deposits and not glandular breast tissue. This is most commonly seen in overweight men. Usually a routine of regular exercise and healthy eating will eventually reduce the appearance of Pseudogynecomastia but in some cases the fat can be stubborn and cosmetic surgery such as vaser liposuction may be suitable to help improve the appearance of the chest.

If you are struggling to tell the difference between pseudogynecomastia and true gynecomastia then please contact us to book a male chest reduction appointment with one of our experienced surgeons.

What causes gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is caused by a hormonal imbalance between the hormones testosterone and oestrogen. When a male lacks testosterone the increase in Oestrogen causes breast tissue to grow.  Gynecomastia is common in newborn baby boys, puberty and older age due to the change in hormones. In rare cases gynecomastia can be caused as a side effect from medication, illegal drugs, excessive alcohol consumption, Klinefelter’s syndrome and health abnormalities such as kidney failure or liver disease.

It is best to book a consultation with our Plastic Surgeons to discuss your situation and what can be achieved.

How can gynecomastia be corrected?

We offer a range of male chest reduction treatments at The Private Clinic to correct the appearance of gynecomastia. Procedures that we offer include; Vaser Liposuction, Micro liposuction and Surgical liposuction / removal.

Once you have had a consultation with one of our expert surgeons, they will be able to recommend the best treatment that is going to help you get your desired results. The decision usually depends on the severity of your condition.

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Why have a male chest reduction?

Male chest reduction procedures are cosmetic surgery and the decision to undergo surgery should be a decision that you have made and feel comfortable and confident with. Our surgeons at The Private Clinic are highly experienced in male chest reduction and will be able to leave you feeling well informed about your options after your consultation.

Many men choose to have male chest reduction as they are feeling self-conscious of the appearance of their chest especially men who are following a healthy lifestyle and their efforts at weight loss have not made an impact on their chest.

To find out more about male chest reduction procedures click here to book a consultation.

How does Male Chest Reduction differ following weight loss?

Many of our patients at The Private Clinic who visit us for male chest reduction have gone through substantial weight loss in an effort to reduce the appearance of man boobs.

After significant weight loss, your chest fat can completely or mostly disappear which then results in skin that is sagging and stretched in the area. In these circumstances, a more complex male chest reduction procedure will need to be performed. You could require tissue reduction which can entail more prominent incisions.

Unfortunately this is the only way to ensure an optimal chest shape. In the more severe cases, the incisions must be made around the areola border, down to the inframammary line as well as in the breast crease, leaving an inverted T-shape looking scar. This is called the anchor reduction technique, and has commonalities with the female breast reduction procedure, in terms of the incisions and scarring. Your surgeon will advise you on the best possible scar care and by following this you can ensure that your scar will fade gradually over time eventually becoming much lighter and not as visible.

What Does the Treatment Involve?

VASER Liposuction and MicroLipo

In VASER treatments, fat is liquefied and removed from the body through a gentle suction process. MicroLipo utilises a similar process, but uses micro cannulas to minimise disruption to the body and does not use VASER probes to break down the fat.

Far less invasive than traditional liposuction, VASER Lipo and MicroLipo are walk-in walk-out procedures which don’t require hospital stays or long times away from work or sport activities. Results are very soft and natural looking. Both procedures are typically performed under local anaesthetic or with sedation.

Surgical Liposuction

Surgical liposuction is slightly more invasive compared to VASER and MicoLipo. The procedure takes place under general anaesthetic and involves the surgeon making a small incision to the area being treated before applying a thin plastic tube called a cannula. A powerful vacuum device on one side of the cannula is then used to remove fat quickly and efficiently.

To find out more about the treatments what we have to offer for male chest reduction or to book a consultation click here.

How long does a Male Chest Reduction procedure take?

On average male chest reduction procedures can take between 1 – 2 hours to complete. These timings will vary however depending on what type of procedure you are having, the amount of tissue/fat that you are having removed and they type of anaesthetic being used.

After your consultation at The Private Clinic, your surgeon will be able to advise you on the most appropriate treatment for you. Once you have decided to go ahead, full details about the procedure including the length of time it is estimated to take will be provided to you. To find out more about male chest reduction procedures click here to book a consultation.

Does the Procedure Hurt?

You will not feel pain during a male chest reduction procedure. Before the procedure starts you will have either local or general anaesthetic depending on the severity of your procedure.

Micro Liposuction and Vaser Liposuction at The Private Clinic are most commonly performed under a local anaesthetic. You should remain pain free during your procedure with minimal discomfort.

Surgical Liposuction is often performed under general anaesthetic so no discomfort or pain will be felt for the procedure.

You will be prescribed pain killers after your male chest reduction procedure which will help you during your recovery period so you should not be in pain post-procedure either.

What scarring is there following male chest reduction surgery?

Scars after male chest reduction surgery will vary depending on which procedure you had. For those treated with Vaser Liposuction or Micro-Lipo then you will have small 3 mm scars at the incision sites on the chest and underarm areas but these do not require stitches and will heal and gradually fade over time. A surgical gynecomastia correction may involve some scarring around the nipple and in more severe cases the incision may run down the chest area when excess tissue or skin needs to be removed but this is rare. The best option is to come in and discuss your case with a Cosmetic Surgeon who will be able to advise on the best options for you.

How long will I need to wear a compression garment for?

The length of time that you need to wear a compression garment after male reduction surgery will vary between patients and the procedure that they had. In most cases, it will be recommended that you wear the garment at all times for 3 weeks and then during the day for a further 3 weeks but this will be confirmed by your surgeon in their aftercare plan. A compression garment helps to control swelling, prevents seromas, stimulates blood flow and allows for skin contraction promoting better healing. Many patients keep their compression garments to wear as they wish in the future.

When can I return to work following male chest reduction surgery?

We advise taking at least a week off to recover from your gynecomastia procedure. Depending on the nature of your job role, you may need to take an additional week as you will need to avoid heavy lifting and stretching for the first few weeks of recovery.

How Soon Will I See the Results?

Once you have had a male chest reduction procedure at The Private Clinic, you will certainly be able to see the initial results straight away. It is important to remember however that you will have to go through some healing time where swelling may be present. Your final results are best seen after 1-2 months after the procedure once you are fully healed.

What scarring is there following male chest reduction surgery?

Scars after male chest reduction surgery will vary depending on which procedure you had. For those treated with Vaser Liposuction or Micro-Lipo then you will have small 3 mm scars at the incision sites on the chest and underarm areas but these do not require stitches and will heal and gradually fade over time. A surgical gynecomastia correction may involve some scarring around the nipple and in more severe cases the incision may run down the chest area when excess tissue or skin needs to be removed but this is rare. The best option is to come in and discuss your case with a Cosmetic Surgeon who will be able to advise on the best options for you.

How long will I need to wear a compression garment for?

The length of time that you need to wear a compression garment after male reduction surgery will vary between patients and the procedure that they had. In most cases, it will be recommended that you wear the garment at all times for 3 weeks and then during the day for a further 3 weeks but this will be confirmed by your surgeon in their aftercare plan. A compression garment helps to control swelling, prevents seromas, stimulates blood flow and allows for skin contraction promoting better healing. Many patients keep their compression garments to wear as they wish in the future.

When can I return to work following male chest reduction surgery?

We advise taking at least a week off to recover from your gynecomastia procedure. Depending on the nature of your job role, you may need to take an additional week as you will need to avoid heavy lifting and stretching for the first few weeks of recovery.

How Long Will the Results Last?

If the glandular breast tissue has been removed then it is unlikely to return. This is the same with fat cells however the only way to ensure that other fat cells do not expand and your results are maintained is by following a healthy diet and exercise plan.

When can I exercise after male reduction surgery?

We recommend that vigorous exercise and heavy lifting is avoided for 6 weeks post-procedure. If you start exercising too soon after your procedure then you can increase your risk for post-op complications such as swelling, pain and in severe cases hematoma so it is best to listen to your surgeon’s advice.

You are encouraged to be active after gynecomastia correction procedures so walking around and light gentle exercise should be fine in the week following surgery. Light cardio workouts could then start to be carried out 2 weeks post-surgery and you can start to ease yourself back into your gym routine again 3 weeks post-op. We do advise that upper body workouts are still then avoided for 6 weeks unless your surgeon has advised otherwise.

Full post-op care advice will be discussed with you at your consultation and after your procedure before you return home. Click here to book a consultation with one of our expert male chest reduction surgeons.

How much does Male Chest Reduction cost UK?

The Private Clinic sees over 15,000 new patients every year and perform over 10,000 procedures, with one of the highest patients’ satisfaction in the sector, Trustpilot 9.4, 5 star rating, 96% would recommend us to their friends and family. We are a multi award winning provider and have been voted the Aesthetic award for Best UK Clinic Group 2017.

The Private Clinic prides itself on its commitment to Medical Expertise, Patient Care and Satisfaction, Honest advice and most importantly Results. We are above all committed to Quality. Please feel free to contact us for Male Chest Reduction any advice or to book a consultation with one of our expert surgeons. Male Chest Reduction cost can be part of your decision to undergo a procedure but it should never be the deciding factor. For more information about The Private Clinic, our experience and medical expertise click here

We offer FREE Gynecomastia (Male Chest Reduction) consultations with our highly experienced Patient Advisors who are able to offer you all the information your require prior to meeting a surgeon. Male Chest Reduction consultations with a Doctor or Consultant Plastic Surgeon are £50. Please note all consultations at our Harley Street clinic are with a surgeon

Why You Should Choose The Private Clinic

Our Microlipo treatment scored 9 out of 10 on TATLER Guide to Beauty and Cosmetic Surgery. We were the first to offer this revolutionary treatment in the UK.

We are the UK’s leading non-invasive cosmetic group and have some of the most experienced nurses and laser practitioners in the country working with us. For over 30 years we have successfully treated thousands of patients.

By coming to us for your chest reduction procedure you can rest assured you are in the best possible hands and that you will get the results you were hoping for.

  • There are no hidden costs
  • We afford all our patients the right care well before, during and long after every procedure
  • You will have a Patient Coordinator, who you can call as much as you need, throughout your Private Clinic journey
  • You will only be treated by industry-leading, highly experienced doctors and surgeons
  • Our nurses, technical assistants and therapists are all very experienced and well trained.
  • Our aftercare promise – you can call, email and visit us to discuss how we tailor-make each procedure and offer ethical and professional aftercare for every patient
  • We are contactable 24/7, 365 days a year for patients
  • We are competitively priced for the expertise and professionalism we provide every patient

Please note that doctor’s experience and advanced liposuction techniques are key things required to achieve the desired results. The Private Clinic has performed the highest number of minimally invasive liposuction treatments in the UK. We were the first to introduce VASER and VASER High definition to the UK, as such our doctors have unmatched experience when it comes to body contouring. Safety is our number one priority. Make sure to go to a qualified and highly experienced doctor to avoid disappointments.

Prices for male chest reduction start from £4,900. You will be given an accurate quote following your consultation.

Are There Any Complications Associated with the Procedure?

There will be some swelling and bruising after the procedure, however this should subside within a few weeks. We’ll give you a special compression garment to wear after treatment which will help minimise swelling and bruising.  As always there are risks involved with any procedure, but at The Private Clinic our medical team’s experience ensures these are kept to minimum and are always explained in full to you during consultation.

Risks associated with male chest reduction surgery in particular include wound infection, seroma, temporary numbness and scarring. Your surgeon will discuss the risks in your consultation.

How do I choose a Male Chest Reduction clinic?

Choosing the right clinic for your male chest reduction surgery can be difficult.

You should make sure that the clinic only offers board certified surgeons who have had several years of experience in the procedure. It’s also important to verify that the clinic or hospital provider is registered with the CQC (Care Quality Commission) who are the independent regular of health and social care services within England.

A good way to get an idea of what you can expect your results to look like is to take a look at a range of before and after photos from your selected clinic and/or surgeon.  It is also important to read through patient reviews as these are can also give you a good indication of what experience and results you can anticipate.

Our male chest reduction page is a great way to find out more about the procedure and our surgeons. We also have a gallery of male chest reduction before and after photos and we encourage you to look through our patient reviews too.

We are also pleased to be able to showcase a Male Chest Reduction story, from our patient Alex, who discusses his procedure journey and comments on his results!

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What does a free male chest reduction consultation mean?

We offer a free male chest reduction phone and video consultations with our experienced patient advisers.

Our patient advisers can provide information on the procedures we offer and the best male chest reduction surgeons to that will suit your requirements.

To secure your timed consultation slot, we do require a £25 deposit but this is refunded in full once the consultation takes place. You will be able to change your appointment time up to 48 hours before.

Contact us to book your free phone or video consultation.

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    I had an amazing experience at the Private Clinic. Alex who managed the process was superb and had been through a similar experience as myself which really helped reassure me. On the day of my Surgery I instantly felt at ease, when I met Dr Vlok to discuss the surgery I new everything was going to be okay just from his persona and the guy is a true gentlemen! When I was being operated on the two Nurses who were assisting Dr Vlok were nothing short of amazing, one of the nurses literally held my hand throughout the Surgery and kept asking how I was feeling.

    The results from my surgery are amazing, it has literally changed my life, I feel confident, I am back in the gym and I am generally enjoying life!!

    The after care has also been first class, the nurses who conducted the therapeutic massages were superb. One of the Nurses stated that ‘Dr Vlok was the best in the business’, I genuinely can see why and I would not have any reason to contest this statement.

    Great experience, great people, great results!

    Nick

    I would just like to thank the entire Private Clinic teams at Harley Street and the Fitzroy Surgery for my amazing treatment and aftercare whilst going through my gynecomastia procedure. The treatment was painless and has left me with no scars. Dr Jallali explained everything very easily, my patient coordinator Emma R, was always at hand to answer any questions and all the staff were friendly and professional throughout. If like me you are a guy that has suffered with gynecomastia since puberty then bite the bullet and get it done, it has restored my confidence to wear what I like and go swimming again! thank you all so much.

    Michael

    I recently had a male chest reduction surgery done at The Private Clinic in Leeds. It was an amazing experience and the matter was dealt professionally and efficiently. I spoke with Sorena at my initial consultation and the process was very straight forward. Within 4 weeks of visiting the clinic I had completed my surgery and got amazing results. This has enhanced my self-confidence. I was very skeptical at the start however Sorena put me at ease and was great. My surgery was with Dr Vlok who I had a meeting with before the surgery where he showed me before and after surgery images of other patients. I was very pleased with the results I saw and therefore agreed to go ahead with the surgery. I would recommend anyone who has the same issue as I had to contact The Private Clinic as they are the best.

    Overall it was an amazing experience and my results were better than expected. Now I feel more comfortable in my own skin.

    Thanks a lot The Private Clinic!

    Anon, Leeds

    “I am a 36 year old who had chest reduction, and lipo on my love handles and stomach.  I am not overweight; the fat on my body is positioned weird and I have always – since I was a child – felt uncomfortable taking off my shirt, even to shower and sleep.

    After many false starts, I was recommended to Dr. Gupta at The Private Clinic.  From my initial consultation I felt immediately at ease, and he is assisted by a team of personable and able nurses. 

    Dr. Gupta thoroughly explained the procedure and said it would be a life changing event. 

    I am pleased to see that within weeks of the procedures I was confident and on a trip to Florida, where I had no issue both taking off my shirt and receiving the numerous compliments on my physique from friends and family.

    My only regret is not finding Dr. Gupta sooner.  I feel so much more comfortable in clothing and with myself.  I has positively alerted my life.” *

    P.L., London

    This year I decided to deal head-on with an issue that has blighted my life since I was 22. I am now fifty, so I haven’t exactly rushed into it.

    For nearly 30 years I have been hiding a fine pair of male breasts with every imaginable method. At first I tried losing weight and dropped down to nine stone. It didn’t work. So I tried building muscles to hide the offencive orbs. It just made it worse. Now I was reduced to buying baggy jumpers. Very hot in summer but it did work!

    Recently, a new word has entered the English dictionary – Moobs. This is when I knew I had to do something. I decided to look into surgery for a male chest reduction, but I was keen to do it without telling anyone. So I really needed a very gentle procedure with minimum downtime. It took some time to find Dr. Gupta. Everywhere else I went they were talking about major injuries and long recovery periods.

    Dr. Gupta promised to do the job with very small incisions and with very minimal bruising. To be honest I didn’t believe it fully, but thought that it was worth a go.

    As it turned out the whole visit was over and done with in 3 hours. It took three days by the seaside and lots of walks to recover. I needed no pain relief at all and the main bruising was from the compression garment.

    I saw the difference immediately and after just one week no swelling was left and my chest is as flat and manly as any other man in the gym. My only regret is that I suffered unnecessarily for 30 years. I have purchased new t-shirts and wearing them without a baggy jumper is a joy. In my opinion Dr. Gupta is a consummate professional. The only reason why I would not use him again is because I am now totally happy with my body.” *

    D.C., Buckinghamshire

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