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.
Male breast reduction (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.
The Gynaecomastia procedure is performed under general anesthetic usually taking between 30 minutes and 2 hours to perform, leaving amazing results with minimal scarring. Most patients require a few days off work to recover and no exercise for a couple of weeks. A compression garment will also be required to be worn during the recovery period, although this garment can easily go unnoticed under clothing. For more information on pricing for this procedure, click here.
Will Gynaecomastia surgery remove my man boobs forever?
The results will be immediately visible after the surgery and are expected to last in the long run, which they do for the vast majority of cases. However, this depends on the patient’s lifestyle too, e.g. if their consumption of fatty foods is high, or if they have a sedentary lifestyle; fat in the chest area may return.
Will the scar be visible?
Scaring is usually kept around you areola (dark area around nipple) so will be discreet if you wish to keep the procedure private.
When will I be able to go to the gym?
6 weeks following surgery, we suggest you start at a beginners level, especially when working with weights which will target your chest area.
How much time shall I take off work?
It depends on your role but it is advised to have 7-10days off work after gynaecomastia surgery. However if you do manual labour please consult your surgeon as heavy lifting and physical activity isn’t advised until 6weeks post op.
What can I do to prepare for the procedure?
Stop smoking, eat healthy and no alcohol intake at least 2 weeks prior to surgery as well as during healing as this can delay the wounds healing.