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Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Male  breast reduction is more common than you may think, and can be achieved surgically in many ways. It relates to what is called Gynaecomastia.

What is Gynaecomastia?

This condition is commonly defined as an increase in breast gland tissue or breast swelling among males.  This creates enlarged male breasts or “moobs”, man boobs, as they are popularly called.  It may occur on just one breast or both unevenly.

It is a common condition that can occur at any age, although teenage boys and older men may predominate,  and is characterised by excess localised fat and glandular tissue, and sometimes excess breast skin.

The impact of Gynaecomastia can be severe. It can make affected men feel self-conscious and avoid certain physical activities or intimacy.

What Causes Male Breast Swelling?

It can be the result of hormonal changes, obesity, recreational or prescription drugs, although in most instances the cause remains unknown. All possible causes should be investigated before going ahead with your surgery.

Male Breast Surgery Procedures

Moob reduction treatment is surgical, either through liposuction, excision of glandular tissue (Webster procedure) or a combination of both. Liposuction alone (fat removal using a thin cannula inserted through small incisions) is indicated when breast swelling is primarily due to excess fatty tissue. Excision techniques are indicated when Gynaecomastia consists of excess glandular development, with or without skin excess. Irrespective to the technique, it is highly recommended to wear a surgical garment for up to 12 weeks to minimise swelling and support your new chest contour as it heals after surgery.


You should expect to stay in the hospital overnight. Upon being discharged from the hospital, you will be given painkillers to take at home and an appointment will be made for your first dressing, usually 7 days after surgery. Further follow-up appointments will be arranged at 2 and 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year post surgery to closely monitor your physical well-being.


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Frequently asked questions

If you are concerned with the look of your chest then you may be suitable for breast correction. Your GP will usually investigate the causes of your gynaecomastia before referring you to Miss Breahna who will perform a full assessment. It is important for you to have a healthy and steady weight and BMI

This is a common and popular treatment for men. While all surgery has some risks associated, these will be discussed at consultation so you fully informed, and comfortable with the treatment.

Male breast reduction itself is performed under general anaesthetic so you will not feel any pain. Post-operatively, some tenderness or soreness is to be expected and a course of mild or prescription painkillers will be recommended.

Common risks encountered are swelling, bruising and temporary numbness which should resolve in a matter of weeks. Infrequent risks are bleeding (haematoma), infection, poor scarring, fat necrosis (lumpiness under the skin due to fat dying), changes in nipple or breast sensation, complete or partial loss of the nipple and clots in the legs or lungs. Breast contour and shape irregularities and asymmetry between the two breasts can occur. Further surgery may be needed to make adjustments to correct significant differences between the two sides.

This procedure may incur a period of 2 weeks recovery time to allow for successful healing, and time off work may be required. Driving may be possible after 2 weeks. It may need up to 3 weeks before travelling abroad and up to 6 weeks before returning to the gym.


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Gynaecomastia (enlarged male breasts or “moobs”) is a common condition that can occur at any age and is characterised by excess localised fat and glandular tissue, and sometimes excess breast skin.

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