Chest Reduction Surgery (Gynaecomastia)
Many men find themselves feeling self-conscious about the size or shape of their chest. If you are worried about the appearance of your chest, reduction surgery can go a long way towards restoring body confidence. Gynaecomastia can be caused by any one of a number of issues, but chest reduction surgery can help men feel more confident and happy with their bodies.Why Might You Need Chest Reduction Surgery
Chest reduction surgery may be required to reduce the visible effects of prominent breast tissue in men. It can help to boost confidence and can be a highly rewarding procedure. Overdeveloped breast tissue in men can be caused by a change in weight or the growth of excess underlying breast tissue.
What Does Chest Reduction Surgery Involve?
During gynaecomastia surgery, an incision will be made under your arm or around your nipple. This will allow for excess skin and tissue to be removed from the area. In some cases, liposuction will also be performed to remove additional fat from the chest.
Chest reduction surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic. The procedure usually takes approximately 90 minutes.
What Are The Possible Complications Of This Surgery?
As with all surgical procedures, there can be some risks. At The McIndoe Centre, we do everything we can to minimise risk of complications. Your surgeon will talk to you about any possible specific complications before you decide to have your operation.
Recovery After Treatment
You will need to stay in the hospital overnight following the procedure, and a week off work is recommended. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for two to three weeks, and initial scarring should fade over time.
For more information, we would be delighted if you wanted to arrange a consultation with us. You can call the Helpline for free and professional advice.
This article was written by The McIndoe Centre, in collaboration with Paul Banwell BSc MB BS FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Plast) Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. All information, advice and procedures were updated on 17th September 2019.
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If you are thinking about having cosmetic surgery, here are some important questions that you should ask yourself to help you make the decision that is right for you.
- What do I want to change and why do I want to have surgery?
- Have I considered all the options?
- Can surgery give me the results I want?
- Am I expecting the surgery to change my life as well as my appearance?
- Is now the right time?
Having surgery is a big decision
Planning your long-term goals with your consultant, and researching the procedure, will reinforce whether surgery is the right option for you.Surgery is not without risk so you should be sure in your reasons for wanting to go ahead. It is important that your expectations are realistic and that the advantages to you always outweigh the risk of surgery.
Take this checklist to your consultation with the surgeon performing the procedure. Discuss each topic with your surgeon to help you make the decision that is right for you before having surgery.
Having surgery is a big decision
Think carefully before having cosmetic surgery
Never feel rushed or pressured into giving your consent. Be wary of surgeons or staff who try to convince you to go ahead. Take plenty of time to make your decision.
We strongly advise you take at least two weeks after your consultation with the surgeon performing the procedure to think things through before surgery.