Male Breast Reduction (Gynaecomastia)


Welcome to York Plastic Surgery, one of Yorkshire's leading clinics providing male breast reduction (Gynaecomastia) surgery.

All our cosmetic surgery is performed by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin who has more than 10 years clinical experience delivering high quality, high value, clinical solutions to both men and women of all ages.

All your care is provided by Mr Dunkin and his team at The Nuffield Health York Hospital, York's premier private hospital. So you can rest assured you will receive the best quality of care and a level of service that is second to none.

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What is gynaecomastia?

Enlargement of the male breast is called gynaecomastia (or "man boobs"). This can affect men of any age and sometimes has a reversible cause, such as some medication. Occasionally it is a sign of other medical problems. Men with gynaecomastia often won't take their tops off in public, won't wear tight clothing and this can cause problems in their social and family life.

Am I a good candidate for a male breast reduction?

The best candidates for male breast reduction are men who are having problems with breast enlargement.

What are the benefits of breast reduction?

Breast reduction makes your breasts smaller and improves chest contour.

What happens before treatment?

You will be assessed and advised by a UK-trained Consultant Plastic Surgeon. This assessment includes taking a full medical history and examining you. Next we will go through what male breast reduction involves, including the potential risks and complications. Following this we will give you further information, to help you decide if this is the right choice for you, and encourage you to attend for a second appointment, to give you a chance to ask any further questions and prepare you for surgery.

What does a male breast reduction involve?

There are a number of different techniques for male breast reduction. The best one for you will depend on the degree of gynaecomastia, particularly whether there is excess breast tissue, fat or skin. Liposuction is used to remove excess fat. Excess firm breast tissue or loose skin may require open removal. A drain may be used to stop fluid building up (like a safety valve). Skin incisions are closed with dissolving stitches and a waterproof dressing is applied. The operation usually takes 1.5-2 hours and is performed with you asleep (general anaesthetic).

What happens after my male breast reduction?

When you wake after surgery you will have a drip and pain relief. Most patients go home the following day but same day discharge is available. We recommend that you wear a tight lycra top until the swelling has settled. Wounds usually heal in 1-2 weeks and you can expect some swelling and tenderness for 3-4 weeks. Scars take 6-12 months to settle down. You will be able to return to work and other activities 1-2 weeks later, depending on you and your work/activities. You should rest from gym work for about 4 weeks.

What are the downsides to male breast reduction?

There is no such thing as risk-free surgery and male breast reduction is no different. It is important for you to balance the risks and benefits for you. We will go through this with you in detail. Numbness is common after surgery and usually improves. Potential complications include problems with the anaesthetic (your anaesthetist will talk to you about these), blood clots (deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus), bleeding (haematoma), wound infection, slow healing, poor scars, skin tethering, asymmetry, overcorrection and undercorrection.

How can I minimise my risks?

Research suggests that non-smokers have fewer problems after surgery. We would strongly encourage you to stop smoking before your breast reduction. If you use nicotine patches, stop these four weeks before your operation.

Are there any alternatives to male breast reduction surgery?

Some medications make gynaecomastia worse. Stopping these can improve the situation. Weight loss and building your pectoralis muscles can help but often not completely.

Paying for treatment

We offer Consultant delivered state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery procedures at The Nuffield Health Hospital in York and paying for your treatment couldn’t be simpler.

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What do I do now?

Our clinic is based at The Nuffield Health York Hospital.

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