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Male Breast Reduction Surgery Introduction

Prominent male breasts can cause stress and anxiety. Many men with large breasts feel unable to remove their shirts in public and because of this, they are restricted in their activities. Breast enlargement in men can occur at any age and is often caused by hormones, drugs or weight gain. It’s a common problem and you are not alone.

Male breast reduction surgery will give you the confidence you need to live a normal, unrestricted life.

  • Male breast enlargement is corrected by either surgical excision or liposuction.
  • Liposuction to the breast mound can significantly reduce the volume of fat here, producing a flattened, more masculine appearance.
  • Male breast reduction surgery is the second most popular cosmetic surgery in males.
  • Many patients report a significant increase in body confidence and optimism following the procedure.

Additional Information

  1. An incision is made around the areola in order for the excess fatty tissue to be removed.

  2. Once the tissue has been removed, the skin is sutured and bandages are applied.

  3. It may take a few weeks for the swelling and bruising to go down, but once it does, your chest will have a more desirable contour, that will give you confidence in your body.


  • Do I need surgical excision or liposuction?

    Liposuction is the best option for male breasts that are small or moderate and caused by excess fatty tissue. If the problem is actual breast tissue and there is a large amount of excess skin, then an excision would be more appropriate. Our team will be able to advise you on which method would be more appropriate for you. Sometimes a combination of both excision and liposuction is used to achieve the best result.

    How long does the surgery take and what happens during it?

    The procedure usually takes two hours to complete. When you are under the general anaesthetic, we will make a small incision under each nipple in order to remove the excess fat.

    Is it painful?

    People who have experienced this procedure say they feel a similar sort of soreness to the one you get after a heavy workout, rather than pain.

    How long does the recovery take?

    You will wear a compression garment on the chest for six weeks to reduce swelling. We recommend that you don’t exercise strenuously for 3 to 4 weeks.

    What are the risks involved?

    The usual risks associated with surgery apply; bleeding, bruising, wound infection, chest infection and DVT, as well as possible complications with the general anaesthetic. However, all of these conditions are unlikely to occur.

    Will I have scars?

    There will be some scarring, although we make incisions along the natural contours of the body, so they are easier to conceal. The scars will fade with time. Not subjecting your wound to excessive force will reduce the risk of poor scar formation.

    Will the problem return?

    There is a chance the problem may return if you gain weight, use steroids or recreational drugs, or your condition was caused by hormones. In the majority of cases, the problem does not return.

    To find out more about male breast removal surgery, please give our medical team a call. We’ll be happy to discuss your queries over the phone or book you in for a consultation with the doctor to find out everything you need to know.