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Male Breast Reduction: The Facts

The Private Clinic discusses minimally invasive treatment for gynecomastia - Vaser liposuction.


Gynecomastia, more commonly known as ‘man boobs’, affects around 15% of adult men in the UK. It is caused when excess fat develops in a man’s breast area. This fat can be 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.

If you think that you may suffer from gynecomastia then we strongly recommend that you visit your doctor for an examination.

What are the causes?

There can be several causes of gynecomastia, including an imbalance between the sex hormones testosterone and oestrogen. Oestrogen causes breast tissue to grow and while all men produce some oestrogen, they usually have much higher levels of testosterone, which stops the oestrogen from causing breast tissue to grow. However, if an imbalance occurs this can cause a man’s breasts to grow.

Is there a cure?

Vaser liposuction is a minimally invasive treatment for gynecomastia. A popular choice amongst sufferers as it can help them to achieve the body that they want without having to undertake the pain and risk of major surgery, or the need for a 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.

What does the Vaser Liposuction treatment entail?

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

Vaser Liposuction stimulates collagen production and the skin is tightened, which improves the overall appearance of the chest area. The results are very natural looking.

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure will typically last between 1 to 2 hours.

When will I be able to see results?

You will see results straight away. However, your chest area will show the most improvement in the months after the procedure.

In terms of how long the results will last, once the fat has been removed it is gone for good. If you continue to follow a healthy diet and lead an active lifestyle then you will not see a return of your ‘man boobs’ again.


The Private Clinic’s doctors have performed thousands of lipo-contouring treatments including over 2,000 Vaser treatments to date, more than any other clinic in Europe. If you are interested in finding more about male breast reduction, then visit the Clinic’s website.

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