Gynaecomastia is a common condition that results in the formation of prominent breasts in men. There are different grades of severity of Gynaecomastia that differ between men based on the amount of excess fatty tissue or glandular tissue found in the chest. Some men may have an excess of adipose tissue with minimal glandular tissue. This condition is referred to as pseudogynaecomastia. True gynaecomastia refers to the condition where there is an excess of glandular tissue, which may or may not be associated with excess fatty tissue. The distinction between the two conditions is essential as the treatment differs for each condition. In other cases, some men may notice their areola to have a domed appearance, also known as puffy nipples. Puffy nipples may be associated with gynaecomastia or may occur alone in their own right.
The underlying cause of gynaecomastia is fundamentally linked to a hormonal imbalance between testosterone and oestrogen. There are several recognised causes of gynaecomastia in men, including:
- Age – gynaecomastia occurs more commonly in older men as testosterone levels decrease as we age
- Puberty – gynaecomastia occurs commonly during puberty as a result of the hormonal surges that arise during this time however, this type of gynaecomastia is most commonly temporary and will settle down on its own after a few years once hormone levels have stabilised
- Medical conditions – chronic liver disease, kidney failure, an overactive thyroid and traumatic injury to the testes can result in changes in the levels of testosterone and oestrogen.
- High body mass index – men with a BMI above 30 are classified as obese, and excessive fatty tissue in the chest can accentuate the appearance of gynaecomastia
- Medicines – gynaecomastia can be caused by certain medications a patient may be taking, such as medication used to treat HIV, antihypertensives, steroids, recreational drugs and alcohol.
Gynaecomastia surgery is not available on the NHS as it is considered a procedure to improve cosmetic appearance. We recommend having your gynaecomastia treatment at a reputable private clinic such as Centre for Surgery in London. Gynaecomastia surgery is not covered by private medical insurance, so patients will need to fund the cost of the treatment themselves. We are fortunate to offer a wide range of finance options with our finance partner, Chrysalis Finance.
How much does a male chest reduction cost in the UK?
Gynaecomastia surgery cost varies across the UK, with London prices being higher than the rest of the UK. Male breast reduction or male chest reduction average prices start from approximately £4000 depending on the surgical treatment planned. Combined treatment involving liposuction and surgical removal usually costs from £5000. Factors that influence the cost of gynaecomastia surgery include whether any previous surgery has been undertaken for the condition, body mass index, and the need for excess skin removal, which is a more effective surgical procedure.
What does gynaecomastia surgery involve?
Surgery for getting rid of gynaecomastia involves removing excess fatty tissue and enlarged glandular tissue to contour the male chest and reduce the prominence of man boobs. The type of gynaecomastia will determine the types of surgical technique used and whether the procedure can be carried out under local anaesthetic with sedation or will require a general anaesthetic. Most surgery for gynaecomastia involves performing liposuction as a first step using the power-assisted technique to accurately and gently remove excess fatty tissue from the male chest. The second step then involves surgical removal of excess glandular tissue using an incision located in the lower half of the areola. In some cases, your surgeon may need to insert a word train after surgical removal to prevent the formation of postoperative haematoma.
What are the benefits of gynaecomastia surgery?
Male chest reduction surgery is designed to remove excessive breast tissue and create a firmer-looking chest with an enhanced masculine appearance. Before having surgery, many men had diminished self-confidence with an inability to wear fitted clothing or go swimming. Men who have had gynaecomastia surgery have very high patient satisfaction rates with renewed self-confidence.
Why have Gynaecomastia surgery at Centre for Surgery?
Men who choose Centre for Surgery for their chest reduction procedure do so because of our expertise in treating all types of gynaecomastia using gold standard medical techniques at our state of the art Baker Street clinic in central London.
- In-depth consultations with a surgeon experienced in the treatment of male chest reduction and gynaecomastia surgery
- State-of-the-art medical facilities in London
- Competitive pricing with no hidden extras
- Your very own dedicated patient coordinator to guide you through all steps of your gynaecomastia journey with us
- Our post-operative nursing team are skilled in all aspects of looking after men who have had male breast reduction surgery
- Our surgeons carry out hundreds of male chest reduction procedures each year, with patient satisfaction rates exceeding 95%, as shown by our hundreds of verified Google and Trustpilot reviews
Please contact us today to book a consultation with one of our expert plastic surgeons on 020 7993 4849.