Male Breast Reduction
What Is Male Breast Reduction (Gynaecomastia)?
The term comes from the Greek words "gynae" meaning "woman" and "mastos" meaning "breast". In practical terms, this means abnormally large breasts on men. Gynaecomastia is the medical term for this condition. Gynaecomastia in men is a relatively common and embarrassing condition. It is estimated that between 40-60% of men are affected to different degrees.
It is relatively common in adolescent boys, due to hormone imbalance, and most of the time symptoms disappear naturally. If this does not happen, young men become burdened with a social handicap that can cause deep embarrassment and social humiliation.
The enlargement that occurs in later life is usually due to a deposit of fat in the breasts. This can be brought on by medication prescribed for other medical conditions or by a hormonal imbalance. Enlargement may also occur in men who undertake body building or rigorous sporting activities if they take anabolic steroids.
Breast enlargement in men can have profound social consequences. Feelings of shame and loss of masculinity are common, and even simple social acts such as taking your shirt off at the beach can cause profound anxiety. Through surgery your breasts really can be restored to normal size and appearance.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
The procedure is performed either under local anaesthetic or "twilight" sedation, or a general anaesthetic depending on the size of the area to be treated. An overnight stay is therefore rarely necessary and recovery time is greatly reduced. The surgeon will make a small incision is made at the edge of the aureola - the pink disc around the nipple. In adolescent men the overgrown tissue is then simply excised, in older men liposuction may be used to remove the fat. In this case the surgeon will use a very fine tube (cannula) and a vacuum pump to perform the procedure. In either case scarring is minimal and barely noticeable.
What Are the Risks and Likely After-Effects?
Cosmetic surgery, like any other surgery, involves a "trauma" to the human body and there are risks associated with any procedure. Each person's body is different, and your general health, level of fitness, age and genetic profile will all have an effect on the speed of healing and also on the risk of side-effects.
If you smoke, drink alcohol, are overweight and/or take drugs for medical or other reasons, the risk of complication during and after surgery can be greatly increased. Smoking, in particular, is discouraged because it increases the risk both of infection and thrombosis (blood clots).
After surgery most people experience a degree of swelling, bruising, tiredness and numbness. A smaller number may also encounter infection and/or some bleeding around the scar area. Regular use of prescribed painkillers is usually sufficient to manage any post-operative symptoms. Like liposuction there is lumpiness and swelling underneath the skin that takes a few months to clear and settle.
What Will Happen After the Operation?
Weeks 6 -10
Full Post-Operative Cover
Minimal Scar Techniques