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If you are unhappy with the appearance of your chest, you may be suitable for a male breast reduction.

Forty to sixty per cent of men experience breast tissue enlargement. Changes in hormone levels as you grow older and weight gain can contribute to developing gynaecomastia.

If you have noticed changes in this area, you may feel self-conscious and it could be affecting many aspects of your life. You may feel embarrassed physically and psychologically distressed. You shouldn’t underestimate the affect this condition could have on your confidence.  But, be assured, we have treatments that can help you.

What can be done?

When you see your consultant they may recommend weight loss in the first instance. However if your gynaecomastia is caused by breast tissue overdevelopment, weight loss will not resolve the problem

What happens during gynaecomastia (male breast reduction surgery)?

Breast reduction surgery takes 60-90 minutes and is usually performed under general anaesthetic as a day case. In some cases an overnight hospital stay is required.

Your surgeon will make an incision around the areola (dark area around the nipple) and remove excess fatty tissue. Liposuction may be used however if there is a large amount of fatty tissue other incisions may be necessary. Your nipples may need to be repositioned.

Bandages will be applied to support your breasts and control swelling. You will be given pain relief medication.

Going home after male breast reduction

Your breasts may be bruised and swollen. After a few days the bandages can be removed. However you may be asked to wear a supporting garment for 4-6 weeks to support your breasts and compress your chest. Any scars may appear red and raised. These will fade over time.

You will need to take a week off work to fully recover. You should avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 3-4 weeks after surgery.

This chart is a guide to stages of recovery only. Everyone heals differently so your results may vary.

1-7 days
2 Weeks
4 weeks
6 weeks

You may have some discomfort for a week. Mild painkillers will help with this but avoid taking aspirin.

Keep walking around to avoid post operative complications.

Support garment worn day and night for up to 3 weeks.

Might pull and hurt a little when you move around.

Any non dissolvable stitches will be removed.

Gradually begin to increase your activity.

You may be able to return to work if your job does not involve strenuous activity or heavy lifting.

Bruising and swelling fades

No longer need to wear support garment.

Return to work and resume most normal activities.

No strenuous activity or exercise yet.

Resume exercise

You can begin to judge the result.

Avoid exposing the treated area to direct sunlight for 6 months

It can take up to 6 months before the full result of your surgery is visible.

Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications. Be sure and discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon.

Specific complications of gynaecomastia (male breast reduction) may include:

  • Bruising and swelling
  • Scarring
  • Developing lumps or swelling (further surgery may be required)
  • Nerve damage
Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Bournemouth  

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
Overall rating Good
Brighton  

Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624488
Overall rating Good
Bristol  

3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
Overall rating Good
Cambridge  

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370 922
Overall rating Outstanding
Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Cheltenham  

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY

01242 246 500
Overall rating Good
Chester  

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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Chichester  

78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
Overall rating Good
Derby  

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
Overall rating Good
Exeter  

Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
Overall rating Good
Glasgow  

25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

01413349441
Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

Enquiries 0300 131 1401
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Haywards Heath  

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
Overall rating Good
Hereford  

Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF

01432 355 131
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Ipswich  

Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

Enquiries 0300 1311419
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Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
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Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

Enquiries 0300 1311416
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
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North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
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Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Plymouth  

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775861
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Shrewsbury  

Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DP

01743 282628
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Taunton  

Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286991
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Tees  

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 367439
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Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
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Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

Enquiries 0300 131 1400
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Wessex  

Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

02380 266 377
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Wolverhampton  

Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 793 269
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York  

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000
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