Men who have excess breast and glandular tissue suffer from the medical condition known as gynecomastia and may be good candidates for male breast reduction.
Our Consultant Plastic Surgeons are members of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) and all have a variety of professional qualifications.
Gynaecomastia (pronounced guy-ne-co-mastia) is a medical term meaning male breast enlargement. In the majority of cases there is no known cause and, although rarely talked about, this condition (gynecomastia) is relatively common effecting upto half the male population It can occur in both those who are overweight and those who are not. Even with a healthy lifestyle of diet and regular exercise excess deposits of fat in this region may be difficult or impossible to eliminate.
Gynecomastia is multifactorial, but is often due to irregularities in the production or regulation of the hormones testosterone and estrogen If you experience anxiety about your appearance in public or during exercise due to your enlarged breasts, you may be a good candidate for this surgery. Gynaecomastia surgery is the removal or reduction of what are commonly known as ‘man boobs’. Here at AsetHospital , we offer several treatment options for men suffering from gynaecomastia to try to help you achieve your desired look and regain your confidence.
Our patients come to us as they are unhappy about the presence of fatty or breast tissue in their chest. Many of our patients have developed male breast tissue (gynaecomastia) as a result of hormonal imbalances, taking certain medications or as they’ve found it difficult to shift fat from that area. We examine each patient carefully to identify the best course of action for your individual case..
If breast tissue is present in the chest, we recommend surgical removal. However, in some cases, our patients just have fatty deposits and if this were the issue we would recommend liposuction as a treatment. Occasionally, a combination of liposuction and surgical removal is needed but this is something we would assess and discuss with you at the consultation stage.
Liposuction surgery is carried out either under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia (you are awake) with sedation. It can either be done as a same day case or in certain cases, it may require an overnight stay in the hospital.
With liposuction for male breast reduction, tiny incisions are made around the chest and as a result, you may have very small scars in that area.
At Aset Hospital, we use advanced power assisted liposuction or micro-liposuction. Once you are under anaesthetic, your surgeon will inject a fluid mixture containing a salt solution, local anaesthetic and adrenaline into the fatty area. This helps to reduce bleeding, bruising and swelling and makes it easier to remove fat cells. In most cases, our method of liposuction results in minimal swelling and bruising.
Next, a small puncture will be made in the skin and a thin metal tube called a cannula will be inserted. This is then attached to a vacuum pump or a syringe and will be moved about to suck out the fat and the fluid. In some cases, if there is a larger area to cover, more than one puncture may be needed to reach all fatty deposits. After liposuction, you will be fitted with an elasticated support garment as this help to reduce swelling and helps your skin to mould your new shape.
Male breast reduction surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, or in some cases, under local anaesthesia with sedation.
The breast is made up of two main components, glandular tissue (firm and dense) and fatty tissue (soft). The ratio of glandular to fatty tissue in any breast varies from individual to individual and in gynaecomastia there may be an excess of both. If there is predominantly a diffuse fatty enlargement of the breast, liposuction is the usual treatment. If excess glandular tissue is the primary cause of breast enlargement, it may need to be cut out with a scalpel. This will leave a scar, usually around the nipple edge. This excision can be performed alone or in conjunction with liposuction. Major reductions that involve the removal of a significant amount of tissue and skin may require larger incisions that result in more obvious scars.
As with any surgery, potential risks include haematoma, infection, wide or lumpy scars, persistent pain, asymmetry, loss of sensation, bruising and bleeding.
*Individual results may vary.
Your well being is our number one priority, we offer a comprehensive and personalised aftercare package, all included in your treatment.
After you are discharged, will we give you post-operative care instructions and you will have 24-hour access to trained staff who will be on hand to advise you should you have any questions or concerns.
Following male breast reduction surgery you may need to wear a support garment. Your dressings will be removed approximately 7-10 days after your surgery. The surgeon who performed your surgery will see you after 6 weeks for a follow-up assessment. It is vital that you attend all necessary post-operative appointments. It is recommended that you take two to three weeks off work and avoid physical exercise for six weeks. These follow-ups are standard and will be provided at no extra cost.