Many men are concerned by the appearance of ‘man boobs’ which are estimated to affect approximately one and five adult males in the UK and develop when there is excessive fat and glandular tissue in the male chest region. Gynecomastia is the most common cause of moobs in men. Gynecomastia results in the formation of excessive breast tissue, and this is most commonly caused by hormonal imbalances with an excess of oestrogen. In contrast to gynecomastia, pseudogynecomastia is related to the formation of excessive subcutaneous fat, which is found in the mail chest and is most often found in overweight men. Many men have unsuccessfully tried diet and exercise as a means of reducing male chest fat.
How to get rid of moobs?
There are a number of practical steps which men can take to improve the appearance of their chest and get rid of moobs and these include:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Regular physical exercise
- Reduce alcohol intake
- Stay away from recreational drugs including cannabis
For men who have true gynecomastia with excess glandular tissue, these nonsurgical treatments are ineffective in treating gynaecomastia. The most effective methods of reducing the appearance of moobs include:
Liposuction using the power-assisted technique is a highly effective method of contouring the male chest and is one of the most commonly used techniques for male chest reduction for men who have man boobs, also known as gynecomastia. Liposuction is often combined with surgical removal of glandular tissue in a combined procedure and the results are instantly visible with long-term results provided men stick to a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Men who have large amounts of fat on the chest wall may prefer to have a Liposuction under general anaesthetic for complete removal of man boobs.
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Tumescent liposuction (MicroLipo)
Tumescent liposuction using micro-cannulas, also known as MicroLipo is a minimally invasive technique for male breast reduction which is easily carried out under a local anaesthetic. This means you’ll be awake for the procedure, and your post-operative recovery is, therefore much quicker. The cannulas used for MicroLipo do not exceed 3 mm in diameter, which reduces bruising and swelling. The risk of contour depressions and skin irregularities is much reduced with the microcannula technique of tumescent liposuction for gynecomastia removal.
Many men who have pseudogynecomastia without significant glandular enlargement are ideal candidates for treatment with liposuction alone. In many cases, older men may have a degree of mild or moderate skin laxity, which may be worsened by performing liposuction alone. In these cases adding in radiofrequency skin tightening using BodyTite will help tighten the skin creating a “shrinkwrap” effect after gynecomastia removal. BodyTite for male breast reduction in London can be carried out under local anaesthetic or a general anaesthetic if combined with gland excision.
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Gynecomastia surgical removal
In most cases of gynecomastia, men will have both excess fat and enlarged glands, which will require surgical removal as liposuction is an ineffective technique for removing the glands. This is a permanent procedure which will prevent the moobs from re-occurring. This is a minimally invasive surgical procedure which is carried out after the liposuction component and may be followed by an areola reduction procedure for men who have excessive chest wall skin laxity.
How much does pseudogynecomastia or gynecomastia surgery cost?
Male chest reduction prices start from £4500. Once you have had your face-to-face consultation with an expert gynecomastia surgeon in London, you will be seen by one of our patient coordinators, who will give you the total treatment costs for your male breast reduction procedure. Our surgeons are experienced in all types of gynecomastia removal, including liposuction, BodyTite and gland removal. We carry out over 100 gynecomastia procedures each year in the UK, and we are one of the first clinics to pioneer the use of BodyTite for the treatment of gynecomastia. We see ourselves as a responsible medical practice with safety at the heart of everything we do. We would always recommend seeing a fully credentialled plastic surgeon experienced in the treatment of gynaecomastia to get the best possible male breast reduction results. Please speak to one of our patient coordinators today to book a face-to-face gynecomastia consultation in London with an expert gyno surgeon.