Male chest reduction otherwise referred to as male breast reduction is the treatment for a condition known as gynaecomastia. This is when the breast tissue in men or boys is swollen and appears large. Gynaecomastia is perhaps more common than you think – around forty to sixty per cent of men experience enlarged breast tissue. However, this condition can often cause a lot of self-esteem and confidence issues, which causes men to seek out surgery as a solution.
What causes gynaecomastia?
There are numerous reasons for gynaecomastia to occur. This includes:
- Hormonal changes – gynaecomastia is often common in adolescent boys as their hormones continue to change
- Being overweight
- Drastic weight loss
Those who have developed gynaecomastia because of these reasons may wish to opt for male chest reduction surgery. It is important to note that male chest reduction is not an appropriate procedure for those who have developed a larger chest just from weight gain.
Male breast reduction surgery to get rid of gynecomastia and chest fat
It has been estimated that up to one in seven of all men in the UK will develop enlargement of the male breasts at some point in their lives. Although many types of male breast enlargement are short-lived and temporary, many men will require male breast reduction to get rid of man boobs permanently.
What does male breast reduction surgery involve?
Male breast reduction surgery is designed to get rid of excess breast tissue in men using a combination of surgical techniques. The procedure first involves the removal of extra chest fat using London liposuction, followed in many cases by direct surgical excision using a half-moon incision around the areola to remove excess glandular tissue.
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In some cases, men may prefer to have smaller nipples and areolas, and this can easily be carried out during the same procedure using an areola reduction technique. Your surgeon will be able to detail what the procedure involves at your gynecomastia consultation in London.
The procedure will be performed under a type of general anaesthetic known as TIVA. It gives you a heightened sense of wellness following the procedure and allows you to wake up quicker with less risk of sickness and drowsiness.
There are numerous steps involved in male chest reduction surgery. The exact method will vary depending on whether you have to remove more glandular tissue or fat cells.
To remove glandular tissue, incisions will be made around the areola, and the glandular tissue will be cut out. If there is an excess amount of tissue to be removed, more incisions may be required.
If more fat cells need to be removed, liposuction will be used. This is an ineffective method for glandular tissue. Centre for Surgery uses the PAL lipo method, which, unlike other methods, does not involve the use of heat. Only small incisions are required, and thin cannulas are used to suck out the fat cells.
What is the recovery period like after male chest reduction?
You will be able to return home the same day as the procedure; you will be discharged once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
Following the procedure, you will have absorbent pads applied to the incision area. You will also be given a compression garment, which you will be required to wear for at least three days. This will help to reduce any swelling and bruising. Swelling may take a few weeks to subside, however, this may take up to two months. Once all of the swelling has gone you will then be able to notice the full results of the procedure.
You will need to take a few days off work to recover. You will need to avoid any strenuous physical activity for at least two weeks. You can resume light activities after two weeks. You will be able to resume your usual day-to-day activities after a total of six weeks.
Are you interested in male chest reduction surgery? This is a procedure Centre for Surgery offers. Contact us today to find out more or to book a consultation with one of our surgeons.