By Consultant Plastic, Burns & Reconstructive Surgeon, Mr Baljit Dheansa.
Surgery to change or enhance appearance has increased significantly in the last few years. Whereas before many people simply accepted an area they were unhappy with and covered up, we have become more aware of what is possible and are increasingly turning to surgery to help. Although traditionally such surgery has mostly been performed on women increasingly men are seeking information on how they too can address their concerns.
In my practice, most men who seek a consultation have concerns over the appearance of their chest or abdomen. Common causes that lead to men wanting to consider surgery include gynaecomastia (male breast tissue or “moobs”) or loose skin on the chest and abdomen after major weight loss. Both of these concerns can be readily treated with surgery to enhance or improve appearance. In my experience, such surgery can have a dramatic effect on confidence and improve well-being.
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.