It may be that you are one of a growing number of men who are self conscious about taking your shirt off in public or conscious of your ‘breast shape’ when wearing tighter fitting t-shirts. Chest reduction surgery can be a very rewarding procedure and has helped many men grow in confidence.
Overdeveloped breast tissue in men, or gynaecomastia, (sometimes known as 'man boobs') can be a result of being overweight or having lost weight, or it could be the growth of underlying breast tissue. Particularly common in boys going through puberty, male breasts will often disappear by the age of 18, and it is important therefore that your consultant surgeon establishes the underlying reasons for the condition before proceeding with reduction surgery.
During the operation your surgeon will make an incision under your arm or around your nipple. Excess skin and tissue is removed, and sometimes liposuction is performed to remove excess fat from the breast area.
Gynaecomastia surgery will be performed under a general anaesthetic and you will need to stay in the hospital overnight. When it's time for you to leave hospital, you will be given a follow up appointment with your consultant, and/or the dressing clinic for the removal of any stitches, together with any medication prescribed. Patients are recommended to have a week off work after gynaecomastia surgery to ensure time to rest and recover comfortably at home. Any strenuous work or activity should be avoided for several weeks.
You will notice some scarring after your operation and this will depend on the amount of tissue removed, but this will fade significantly over time.