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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