Gynaecomastia Surgery (male breast reduction)

Other NameMan Boob Surgery
Surgery Time1 hour
Return To Work1 week
Recovery Time6 weeks

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Procedure Overview

The Gynaecomastia surgery (or man boobs surgery), commonly referred to as male chest reduction surgery, is a procedure in which the fat and in some cases breast tissue in the male chest area, is broken down and removed.

During puberty most teenage boys will develop fatty tissue around the chest or breast area, which for the majority of people usually subsides naturally within a year or so. For the remaining men, it can remain with them for the rest of their adult lives. This is described as gynaecomastia, which derives from the Greek word for “woman” (gyne) and “breast” (mastos), essentially meaning female breasts.

The official term gynaecomastia is widely used by doctors and medical professionals, but the condition is also commonly referred to as man boobs. The severity of the condition varies with each individual.


Day of Surgery

Breast reduction for men (or man boob reduction) is carried out through a small incision to break up the fat beneath the skin. The fat is then removed by a syringe or vacuum pump. Depending on the extent of the fatty tissue, the surgeon may want to remove any excess breast tissue which can be done at the same time as liposuction.


Liposuction on male breasts is performed under general anesthetic (GA). This gives you a state of controlled unconsciousness (being asleep) to prevent pain or sensation.


The procedure usually takes between 30 minutes and 2 hours to perform, leaving amazing results with minimal scarring.


Most patients require a few days off work to recover from gynecomastia surgery and patients should not exercise for a couple of weeks. A compression garment will also be required to be worn during the recovery period, this garment can easily go unnoticed under clothing.

*There is no guarantee of specific outcomes so individual results and experiences can vary from person to person.

Before & After

Below is only a small selection of the amazing work that MYA's surgeons do. Hopefully you'll be able to see someone similar to yourself to get an idea of what your result could be. When you come in for your consultation with MYA, you'll be able to see many more surgeon-specific photos. Please bear in mind that all of MYA's photos are taken at 6 weeks post-op and swelling can take up to a year to fully subside.

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