Male Breast Reduction

Male Breast Reduction

Gynaecomastia is a common condition that causes boys’ and men’s breasts to swell. Male breast reduction, or gynaecomastia reduction is one of the most commonly requested procedures. It is estimated that the condition affects 40-60% of men. Men who have gynaecomastia are often embarrassed by the appearance of their chest and become self-conscious wearing T-shirts or when swimming.

1. How long is the recovery?
You should be able to go home the same day or the day after. You should be able to return to your normal activities after a few days. Depending on your type of work, you should be able to return after a few days. The final result will not be apparent until a number of weeks have passed.

2. I’m worried about pain.
There is minimal pain or discomfort following male breast reduction surgery.

3. Will I look natural?
Every effort will be made to give you a natural end result.

4. Can I avoid general anaesthetic?
This procedures is performed under general anasthetic.

5. What is the cost?
If you would like a tailored quote, please book an initial consultation to discuss your condition and treatment options with your chosen consultant. Once the initial consultation is complete, you will receive a quote for your treatment.  Please call us on 01709 464200 or email if you wish to receive a guide price for any specific treatments.


Gynaecomastia refers to the abnormal enlargement of breasts in males. This may be due to an increase in dense glandular tissue beneath the nipple and/or excess fat in the region. Hereditary predisposition, hormonal changes or the use of certain drugs can cause excess breast tissue to develop.


The surgical correction of gynaecomastia is determined by the predominant tissue and the degree of excess skin. If the gynaecomastia is due to dense glandular tissue, we can remove this by performing a subcutaneous mastectomy. This procedure involves making a discreet incision in the lower half of the areola, through which the glandular tissue is removed. If the gynaecomastia is caused by a combination of glandular tissue and fat, we can perform liposuction to address the excess fat, followed by subcutaneous mastectomy.

We will advise you on the most appropriate surgery necessary to achieve your objectives.

The final outcome of gynaecomastia surgery is permanent in the majority of cases. However, if a cause has been identified (eg steroids or significant weight gain) then every effort must be made to maintain weight prior to surgery or prevent reoccurrence.


After gynaecomastia reduction patients are required to wear a compression garment which helps minimise bruising and supports skin tightening. Swelling and bruising are normal and to be expected. These symptoms resolve over a number of days. The final result will not be apparent until a number of weeks have passed.

Prior to surgery, we will give you detailed aftercare instructions. This is given following surgery on discharge from the hospital. This will include how to care for the surgical site and incisions, pain relief that may be used to handle discomfort and when you may resume normal activity.

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Before & Afters

Possible Risks

Every surgical procedure involves a degree of risk and it is important you understand the risks associated with gynaecomastia reduction;

Scars / poor scarring – subcutaneous mastectomy and liposuction scars usually heal very well and are barely noticeable. In some patients, the scars can remain red and raised for a variable period of time.

Haematoma – bleeding within the breast pocket causing the the breast to become swollen and tender.

Seroma – refers to a pocket of fluid that forms within tissue after surgery. If a subcutaneous mastectomy has been performed, fluid may accumulate in the space that results after removal of the breast tissue. Seromas generally resolve on their own but may require drainage if they persist.

Infection – very rarely an infection can arise which may require treatment with antibiotics or further surgery.

Over-correction / under-correction – there is a risk that removal of breast tissue is excessive resulting in the nipple becoming indented or appearing stuck to the underlying chest muscle.

Asymmetry – asymmetric swelling is the most common feature after gynaecomastia surgery and there are many contributing factors for this. Each side of the chest heals independently and there may be differences in breast tissue, chest muscle thickness, skin elasticity etc. This is all normal and will improve as healing progresses.

Skin laxity

Subcutaneous irregularities

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Pricing & Finance

When you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, there’s a lot to think about – the choice of treatments available, the results you want to achieve, the recovery time, any potential risks and, of course, the cost.

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Kinvara Private Hospital is registered with the Care Quality Commission. Cosmetic surgery results and benefits can vary and are different for each individual. As such, we cannot guarantee specific results.

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