Men with excess fatty and glandular tissue
around their nipples are sometimes described as having ‘man boobs’. The condition, known
medically as gynaecomastia, is commonly assumed to be due to obesity and a poor
lifestyle. However, a significant proportion of men with enlarged breasts develop them
as a result of hormonal imbalance or medication for an underlying health
problem. Hormone therapy is commonly used to treat prostate cancer, for
example, but other drugs and medications can have this effect. All men with
gynaecomastia can benefit from male breast reduction surgery, which is done
using liposuction techniques.
Why consider male breast reduction surgery?
If you have obvious male breasts, you will
feel self-conscious, particularly in situations where their chest is on show.
Going swimming, lounging about on the beach, showering after sports in communal
changing rooms and intimate relationships can all become a source of stress and
anxiety. Liposuction to give you a flatter chest with no obvious breast
development is worth considering If you start to worry constantly about people
seeing and commenting on your breasts. Getting your body mass index down to a
safe and healthy level before surgery and then maintaining it afterwards can
give you the best results.
What is involved in a male breast
A male breast reduction is done in a
completely different way to the techniques used in a woman having her breast
size reduced. No large incisions are made; the excess tissue under the skin of
the man boobs is removed using liposuction.
The surgery takes about an hour and a half
and you can expect to stay in hospital just one night. Your cosmetic surgeon
makes a small incision to introduce the end of the liposuction tube and then
sucks out small portions of tissue, moving under the skin to contour the chest.
If you have a lot of excess tissue, the surgeon may make more than one incision
around the nipple. In severe cases of gynaecomastia, the nipple may need to be
removed and replaced so that it is in a more natural position.
After male breast reduction
Your chest will be sore and bruised and you
will need to take painkillers for the first few days. You will be allowed home
after about 24 hours and then you need a few days off work for the initial
healing to take place. Your cosmetic surgeon will probably advise that you
avoid strenuous activity and exercise for a few weeks, particularly lifting.
This may affect your ability to work if you have a heavy manual job. You will
be given an elastic body stocking to compress the tissue during the first four
weeks of healing.
What risks are involved in a male breast
A male breast reduction is generally very
safe and most men recover quickly. In addition to the low risks of bleeding and
infection that can occur with any liposuction procedure, specific side effects
Scars that are slow to fade. If you are
prone to developing raised scars called keloid scars, you could have more
noticeable scarring after liposuction.
An uneven result. If one side of the chest
is a not as flat as the other once healing is complete, you may need a second
liposuction to achieve the result you want.
The results of a male breast reduction are
permanent but you can develop new deposits of fatty and glandular tissue if you
gain weight or if you need to take medication that affect the balance of sex
hormones in your body.
What does male breast reduction surgery
Example price in a UK private hospital or
clinic is £2,931.00.