Male Breast Reduction

Male Breast Reduction Overview

  • Estimated gynaecomastia or enlarged male breast exists in almost half of adult male population.
  • The causes of gynaecomastia or enlarged male breast are unknown, but breast tissue response to sex hormones might play an important part in some individuals.

At our Doctors Makeover, our cosmetic surgery clinic, we carry out male breast reduction over the age of 18 with the use of Vaser which known to be very effective against male breast dense fibrous tissues, under local anaesthesia with or without sedation. The procedure is safe, effective, quick, affordable and straightforward and carried out by our experienced and highly qualified doctors who are Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) or/and specialist plastic surgeon and are fully registered with the GMC in the United Kingdom. The procedure will be fully explained to you and possible risk and complications will be discussed at the initial consultation and your questions will be answered. Our price for male breast reduction starts from £1600.


  • What is gynaecomastia or male breast enlargement?

    The medical term for enlarged male breast is gynaecomastia which originates from the Greek word ‘gyne’ meaning “woman” and ‘mastos’ denote “breast”. Therefore, gynaecomastia or enlarged male breast is usually due to increase in the male breast glandular tissues. It is thought that gynaecomastia or male breast enlargement exists in about half of all men. Large male breast or gynaecomastia can be the source of teasing, awkwardness, embarrassment and social trauma for some men. Therefore, gynaecomastia might cause no physical discomfort but gynaecomastia puts the sufferers under severe emotional stress. The person cannot swim sunbath and have problems with finding suitable clothes. The psychological effects of gynaecomastia or large male breasts may persist well beyond the time of the male breast correction.
  • What are the causes of gynaecomastia or enlarged male breast?

    In babies the maternal hormones are responsible and enlarged breast in adolescent boys is usually a transient event. However, the exact causes of gynaecomastia or enlarged male breast remains uncertain, but imbalance between androgenic and estrogenic hormones and the response of the breast tissues to these sex hormones might play an important part in some individuals. Among known causes of gynaecomastia or enlarged male breast are drugs including excess alcohol intake and thyroid and glands hormonal problems.
  • Who is suitable for male breast reduction?

    As a general rule cosmetic surgery should be carried out on healthy people with realistic expectations who are also emotionally stable. At our Doctors Makeover, our cosmetic surgery clinic, we carry out male breast reduction over the age of 18 with the use of Vaser under local anaesthesia with or without sedation. At your initial free no obligation consultation our cosmetic surgeon will review your past medical history and examine you. We advise our clients to take opportunity of having a “cooling off” period before they embark on the next course of action. As a routine policy we also supply our clients with a copy of our pre-consent information pack to take away with them at the end of consultation. It is a good idea you to obtain as much information as necessary on male breast reduction to enable you to make a fully informed choice.
  • What are the available options for treatment of enlarged male breast (gynaecomastia)?

    At Doctors Makeover a cosmetic surgeon will review your medical background and examine you. During the consultation, the cosmetic surgeon takes you through the process of male breast reduction with ease and comfort, discussing your objectives and desires, answering questions and making recommendations on the most suitable procedure for your gynaecomastia, as each enlarged male breast is unique in its characteristics and diagnosis of the features of enlarged male breast by the surgeon is essential because the aim of any male breast reduction treatment is to restore the normal masculine and manly anatomy which produces a flatter, firmer and more pleasing chest appearance for you and the people around you.
    Cosmetic surgery for male breast reduction is commonplace nowadays and there are a number of treatment options that are available to correct gynaecomastia. Basically the treatment options for the male breast reduction or gynaecomastia is divided into surgery, male breast liposuction or a combination of both of these methods. In surgery apart from removing glandular tissues through an incision, it might also be necessary to carry out a donut mastopexy, in which a circle of skin is removed around the areola/nipples and also excess skin can be excised.
    However, with recent advances in surgical technology and widespread usage of safe and minimally invasive procedures, there is a growing body of opinion among experts who think that there should be no room for use of open surgery with a large incision in treatment of the male breast reduction or gynaecomastia any longer. On the other hand, there is still a minority of surgeons who feel more comfortable with their scalpel and resist changes in the surgical practice.
    At our Doctors Makeover, our cosmetic surgery clinic, we offer a number of modern and high-tech treatment options for the male breast reduction or gynaecomastia. We have been using the ultrasound based technology (Vaser), laser lipolysis (Smartlipo) and the Body Water-Jet technology in combination with surgery, if indicated, under local anaesthesia with or without sedation. Vaser which is a minimally invasive procedure, a cannula suctions away fat and some of the glandular tissues, after the Vaser breaking up the fatty tissues with ultrasound technology. It is less invasive than traditional liposuction where the surgeon extracts fat and surplus tissues from the chest. Therefore, discomfort, pain, bruising, swelling and overall recovery is speedy and you go home on the same day.
  • How do you compare laser assisted liposuction (Smartlipo) with ultrasound assisted liposuction Vaser in treatment of male breast reduction (gynaecomastia)?

    Smartlipo was introduced in the UK in about early 2006 and it was thought that the Smartlipo melts the fat and tightens the skin with collagen formation. However, we have learnt from our own experience that the long-term results of Smartlipo has not been as effective as other minimally invasive methods such as Vaser liposuction for the male breast reduction. We now mainly use Vaser on our male breast reduction cases; in addition, we also have the option of using the Body Water-jet in selected cases.
  • Is treatment of male breast reduction or gynaecomastia is permanent?

    Yes, male breast reduction treatment is considered to be a permanent cure for gynaecomastia and removed breast tissues do not come back. It is very likely that you will be pleased with the result but your expectation from the male breast reduction, like any other cosmetic treatment, should be realistic. However, significant weight gain, hormonal changes due to drugs and diseases might lead to accumulation of excess tissues, like other part of the body, over the chest region.
  • How long does it take to do the male breast reduction operation?

    At Doctors Makeover, Our cosmetic surgery clinic, we are in the opinion that our approach to male breast reduction gives you the opportunity to have the best results. We use Vaser under local anaesthesia with or without sedation. The male breast reduction procedure for gynaecomastia last about two hours in duration and it is permanent and usually requires one treatment session. You need to wear a garment for at least two weeks after the male breast reduction.
  • What type of anaesthesia do you use in your clinic during the male breast reduction operation?

    At Doctors Makeover, our cosmetic surgery clinic, we often carry out male breast reduction by Vaser under local anaesthesia with or without sedation. It means you are fully awake during the procedure but an anaesthetist is normally present at the operation to manage any anxiety and pain by giving you adequate painkillers and inducing a very light sleepy status during the procedure, if indicated.
  • When can I resume my routine daily activities after male breast reduction?

    Some patients can return to work on the day after the operation because we normally carry out male breast reduction by minimally invasive Vaser under local anaesthesia with or without sedation. If you decided to have sedation, you need to arrange for somebody to drive you home after surgery and ideally stay with you overnight. However, going back to work depends on several factors. It depends on the general health of the patient before the procedure. Going back to work also depends on the nature of your duties at work and it is not only depends on physical fitness alone but also involves the psychological aspects of your well-being. Being fit to go to work is a status which could be different for different people. There is no physical reason for not being able to resume your light duties after the male breast reduction. It also makes sense to take it easy following the male breast reduction and do not push yourself too far if you feel you need some rest. Walking, jogging and driving can be carried out but it is best to stay away from contact sports for at least two weeks.
  • How bad is the course of recovery from male breast reduction operation?

    Recovery from the male breast reduction is also dependent on the general health of the patient before the procedure. It is good idea to stop smoking 2 weeks before the procedure to maximise the success and obtain better results and minimise the risk of complications after the male breast reduction procedure. You are expected to have an uneventful course of recovery without complications. There will be some discomfort, pain and swelling after the male breast reduction and takes two months before the effects of the male breast reduction operation is seen.
  • What are the main side-effects of the male breast reduction operation?

    Complications after the male breast reduction are rare but there are risks of bleeding, bruising, swelling and infection. In even rarer cases, temporary numbness over the chest, or minor permanent scar and slight asymmetry of the breast might be experienced in some cases. At Doctors Makeover, our cosmetic surgery clinic, we carry out male breast reduction by minimally invasive Vaser technology under local anaesthesia with or without sedation and sterile conditions in our modern clinic. It means the side-effects are almost negligible and the recovery is speedy with good final results.
  • How much does male breast reduction cost  in your clinic?

    At Doctors Makeover, our cosmetic surgery clinic, we carry out male breast reduction by minimally invasive Vaser technology under local anaesthesia with or without sedation and sterile conditions in our modern clinic. We offer the most competitive price in the United Kingdom. Our male breast reduction procedure starts from £1600 in total. Please read more on our price policy.

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