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Gynaecomastia Surgery

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Gynaecomastia surgery is a procedure for the treatment of enlarged male breasts.
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What is gynaecomastia surgery?

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Male breast reduction or gynaecomastia surgery is a procedure which treats men with enlarged breasts. Gynecomastia (more commonly known as moobs or man-boobs) is a medical term meaning male breast enlargement. In the majority of cases, there is no known cause and, although rarely talked about, it is a common condition. For men who feel self-conscious about their appearance, male breast reduction surgery can be helpful. The procedure removes tissue from the breasts and, in extreme cases, excess skin.

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What is gynaecomastia?

Gynaecomastia is a medical condition that results in abnormally sized breasts in men and boys. Gynaecomastia is most commonly found in teenage boys and older men. Most teenage boys experience some degree of breast enlargement affecting one or both breasts. However, by early adulthood less than 10% have a residual problem. This incidence rises with age, reaching approximately 30% (1 in 3) in older men. The symptoms of gynaecomastia range from a small amount of firm tissue behind the nipples to full, prominent breasts which can, in some cases, affect either one or both breasts.

Oestrogen, the hormone responsible for the growth of the breasts, is naturally produced in small quantities by all men. Testosterone, the male sex hormone, limits the effects of oestrogen on breast growth. However, if a hormone imbalance is present, this can lead to the breast tissue growing.

There are a wide range of potential causes that lead to men or boys deveoping gynaecomastia including hormone changes during puberty, obesity, overconsumption of alcohol, certain medicines and anabolic steroids. Kat & Co can help to reduce the effects of gynaecomastia with male breast reduction surgery in Birmingham.

What to expect from male breast reduction surgery?

Just like the rest of our procedures at Kat & Co, gynaecomastia surgery can be performed under Twilight Anaesthesia. Due to the nature of the sedative drugs given, you wake up quicker and with little of the side effects of a general anaesthetic. At your consultation, your surgeon will explore possible causes for the enlargement, assess the nature of the problem and decide with you the type of surgery and the type of anaesthesia.

Typically, male breast reduction surgery involves making and small cut below the nipples and removing the excess breast tissue from below. If a large amount of excess breast tissue and fat is present, you may need additional liposuction to suck out the extra fat. This involves sucking out the tissue through a small tube. If the main cause of male breast enlargemen is excess breast tissue, it may need to be excised with a scalpel. This will leave a scar, usually around the nipple edge. This excision can be performed alone or in conjunction with liposuction. Major reductions that involve the removal of a significant amount of tissue and skin may require larger incisions that result in more obvious scars.

Procedure Time

1.5 hours


Twilight Sedation

Nights in Hospital

Daycase (no overnight stay)

Pain and Discomfort

3 - 7 days

Risks - Common

Bruising, swelling, temporary numbness

Risks - Uncommon

Infection, bad scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, permanent numbness, nipple areola loss, seroma

Follow-up Appointments

1 week and 3 months (after surgery)

Time Off Work

1 - 2 weeks

Sports and Exercise

2 weeks post-op - walking, 4 weeks post-op - jogging, 6 weeks post-op - everything


12 weeks until final result. Scars continue to improve over 18 months

What are the risks of male breast reduction surgery?

Every cosmetic surgery procedure has associated risks including excessive bleeding, an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic, infection or deep vein thrombosis.

Gynaecomastia surgery can also result in specific complications, including:

  • Loss of sensation in the nipple
  • Excessive scarring
  • Lumps, swelling or bruising
  • Unevenly shaped chest or nipples

These risks will be discussed thoroughly with you in your consultation, and you will be given the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Male Breast Reduction Cost

Male Breast Reduction (Gynaecomastia Surgery)

From £6,638

Before and After Photos

If you are a prospective patient, please download the informed consent form below. This includes information about the treatment, potential risks and contraindications.

Male Breast Reduction Recovery

Instructions on discharge
  • On the day of discharge the drains will be removed.
  • The compression garment is to be worn day and night for 2 weeks.
  • All dressings to be kept dry until further instructed.
  • TED stockings to be for for 2 weeks.
  • Discharge with standard painkillers.
Dressings Clinic
  • Usually about a week after the surgery to check on the wound.
  • First two weeks - minimal upper body activities.
  • Two to six weeks - normal daily activities including driving but no excessive stretching.
  • Six weeks onwards - all activities.
General scar care for first 3 months
  • Micropore tape to the scars for at least three months until well healed.
  • The micropore tape must stay on for showers and baths and is simply patted dry. This should not be changed until it is very loose and almost falling off by itself. Frequent removal of the micropore tape can irritate the scar.
  • Moisturise scar after first 3 months.
  • Moisturise the surrounding breast skin usually from the second week onwards.

Male Breast Reduction Surgeons

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