How it works
Officially known as gyneacomastia, male breast reduction removes surplus glandular tissue that’s often transpired as a result of imbalanced hormones. Unlike the female version of the operation which reduces and reshapes the breast, this procedure has more similarities to liposuction. Performed under a general anaesthetic, a small u-shaped incision is made around the nipple before a small metal tube is inserted and used to suck out the unwanted tissue. Taking between 1 and 3 hours to complete, the incisions will then be sewn back together with dissolving stitches. And although this means you won’t have to have the stitches removed, you will need to wear an elastic garment around the area for up to four weeks after the op as it helps encourage smooth results.
Most patients can go home on the day of surgery, but it will be up to your surgeon to decide whether he wants to keep you in overnight. After the operation expect some swelling and bruising, but wearing the protective garment helps to keep side effects to a minimum, and by the time you remove it, your scars should have healed too. You will need to take a few days off to recuperate but you should be able to return to your normal everyday activities within a fortnight.
Is it for me?
Male breast reduction can be used to take out abnormal amounts of glandular breast tissue caused by hormones – referred to as gynaecomastia, or to remove fatty tissues as a result of additional weight, excessive alcohol intake or through the use of steroids.
Although gynaecomastia affects between 40-60% of men at varying degrees, it’s rarely talked about, and because of the stigma attached to men and their masculinity, the problem can lead to confidence and embarrassment issues. So by having the operation, it could help you feel more comfortable in your own skin.