Gynaecomastia, more commonly known as ‘man boobs’ or ‘moobs’ is an excess of prominent breast tissue and is a problem many face for a number of reasons including repeated periods of weight loss or weight gain, hormone imbalance or ageing. A chest reduction procedure is a simple operation that removes the unwanted breast tissue, fat and loose skin to create a more defined chest.
If you have noticed changes in your breast area you may feel very self-conscious and it can have an effect on your mental well-being. This procedure can help to boost self esteem and restore confidence
The surgical options for gynaecomastia fit broadly into three categories: liposuction, gland excision and skin excision combined with gland excision. All of these generally require a general anaesthetic and may require an overnight stay in hospital.
Liposuction on its own is rarely effective for true gynaecomastia but may often be used in conjunction with the other techniques. Having said this, in a small number of cases it may be all that is required. It is important to have a proper assessment to help decide.
Gland excision can make a significant difference and the scarring made less visible as they can often be placed within the nipple area. However in certain cases, f there is a lot of tissue, skin also needs to be removed. This often results in either a circular scar around the nipple or possibly scars on the chest skin. As with any surgery there are potential complications and you should make sure you are aware of them as well as knowing how to look after yourself post-op.
Male chest reduction is performed under general anaesthetic and lasts around 90 minutes.
The consultant will make an incision under the arm or around the nipple. This will allow for excess skin and tissue to be removed from the area. If appropriate, liposuction can be performed to remove fat from the chest.
The operation normally requires an overnight stay at The McIndoe Centre and we recommend that a week off work is an appropriate amount of time for recovery. Rigorous exercise is not recommended for 2-3 weeks after the procedure.