It’s remarkably common for men to have what are typically referred to as ‘man boobs’: at least one in three has some noticeable excess tissue, affecting either one or both sides of the chest.
For the vast majority, the cause is harmless, due to either hormone sensitivity in the local tissue or excess deposits of fat. Occasionally, however, it may be due to medical problems or a side-effect of certain drugs.
Your doctor or one of our plastic surgeons can assess your case. If there is a medical cause, it will need to be addressed before we perform any type of breast reduction.
For mild to moderate enlargement, liposuction can remove the excess fat very effectively. This technique involves making a tiny incision and inserting a thin, sterile tube (cannula) into the skin under general anaesthesia. The fat is then removed by controlled suction. To get the best result with liposuction, however, your skin needs to have a good elastic quality. If it doesn’t, we may need to remove excess skin surgically in addition to the underlying breast tissue.
The best way to deal with very large breasts is by surgical reduction or, at least, combining liposuction with surgery. Whilst this will unavoidably create a certain amount of permanent scarring, many of our patients prefer this to having large breasts. Before you need to decide, your plastic surgeon will make a full assessment and recommend the treatment that results in the least scarring.
Most of our patients return to work within one to two weeks, and gradually increase their physical activities as their chest becomes more comfortable. It can, however, take two to three months before your chest fully settles down and you can admire the final result.
No matter which procedure we use, your chest will be bruised and swollen for several weeks. To reduce this and facilitate your healing, we therefore recommend you wear a pressure garment.
The results of breast reduction are significant. Normally, our patients report a high level of satisfaction with this procedure. So, if you start out with realistic expectations, chances are you will be very satisfied with your ‘new’ chest.