Gynaecomastia

Gynaecomastia

Enlarged male breasts is a condition known as ‘gynaecomastia’, which can result in embarrassment and stress. Undergoing male breast reduction surgery can offer a solution to gynaecomastia, enabling you to lead a more normal life.

Am I a Candidate?

If you are otherwise healthy and have a “normal” weight which is stable, you may be a good candidate for surgery to correct the excess breast tissue. Underlying medical causes will be excluded prior to considering surgery, as there are sometimes treatable causes for gynaecomastia.

The Surgery

The operation is performed under general anaesthesia and can take up to 2 – 3 hours , depending on the surgical technique that is used. Excess breast tissue can be removed by liposuction alone, or a small incision may be necessary around the nipple-areolar region. If there is a significant amount of excess tissue as well as skin, larger incisions and ultimately scars, will be required.

Recovery

You will be swollen and bruised after surgery. Your surgery may be performed as a day stay procedure, however if the surgery is more extensive, you may need 1 – 2 nights’ stay in hospital. Drain tubes are very rarely required. Most patients find that they can return to work after two weeks recuperation, but this will vary with your type of job. It may take up to six weeks for a full recovery. You will be given pain medications, antibiotics and there will be small dressings. You will go home in a compression garment to minimise swelling, and then you will seen within a week for your first wound check. There will be swelling and bruising post surgery but you will notice a change in the appearance of your chest immediately. There are often irregularities early on after having liposuction but this usually settles after some months. The compression garment will need to worn day and night for 4 weeks, and during the day only for a further 2 weeks. You will be seen regularly over the next 12 months following surgery.