Male Chest Reduction
Male chest reduction, also known as gynaecomastia surgery, is where excess fat and if necessary, excess tissue is removed from the male breast area. This surgery is suitable for men who have developed this excess fat and tissue due to a hormone imbalance from their teenage years, the side effect of certain medications, the natural ageing process or after a dramatic weight loss. It is not appropriate for men who have excess fat and tissue due to being overweight.
Prior to your surgery you will meet with your surgeon to discuss your reasons for wishing to undertake the procedure and your desired aesthetic outcome. The techniques used during the surgery will be explained to you along with your recovery period and any steps you need to take beforehand. You will be advised if you require tissue removal as well as excess fat removal at this stage.
Generally male chest reduction involves a small incision being made on the chest area and liposuction being performed on the excess fat. This is where the fat cells are broken up using high frequency vibrations, a pulsating laser or a water jet and then removed using a small vacuum. Excess tissue is also removed through the incision if necessary. Depending on the intended outcome and the size of the area being treated and the amount of fat and tissue removed, the nipple may also be repositioned.
The surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic and lasts between 1 and 2 hours. Although an overnight hospital stay is not normally required, you may need to depending on your individual circumstances. You will be advised as such at your consultation. We recommend you take 3 days off from work to initially recover and then start to resume light exercise after 3 weeks and then resume normal activities after 6 weeks. You will be given a compression garment to wear during your recovery period, which is generally unnoticeable beneath your clothing. Your swelling will have subsided after 6 weeks but it may take up to 8 months for the final appearance of your male chest reduction to become apparent. You will have an aftercare appointment with your nurse and then your surgeon to assess your recovery and healing and to provide you with any additional advice to ensure you achieve the best result.
The price of your male chest reduction will be explained to you at your consultation as your surgeon will need to assess what they need to undertake to give you the desired aesthetic result. Others factors such as hospital fees and any additional surgery means there is not a price that fits all.
As with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications. These will be discussed with you before any surgery takes place, along with your medical history and you will be provided with comprehensive information in relation to your specific procedure that you can take away and reflect over after your consultation. Don’t forget our friendly team are here to answer any questions you may have.