Male Breast Reduction (Gynaecomastia)

Large breasts in men are often believed to be a result of obesity, but this is not the only cause. Men, like women, can have an abnormal growth of glandular breast tissue, usually due to a hormone imbalance. For men who feel self-conscious about their appearance, breast reduction surgery may be considered to flatten the breast area.

What happens?

Male breast reduction surgery usually takes around 90 minutes. The surgeon will make an incision around the areola and liposuction may be used to suck out excess fatty tissue. If there is a lot of tissue to remove, cuts may extend down the chest from the areola and the nipples may need to be repositioned.

You will be required to stay in hospital overnight, take a few days off work to rest and avoid lifting or strenuous physical exercise for one month after the operation. An elastic garment also needs to be worn for one to four weeks after the operation to encourage smooth results.

Are there any risks?

As with all surgery, there is a risk of complications such as:

• Pain
• Bleeding
• Infection in a surgical wound
• Blood clots

Specific complications of this operation include:

• Bruising and swelling
• Scarring
• Uneven results
• Nerve damage

Discuss any concerns you have with your surgeon.