Gynaecomastia (Male Chest Reduction)

gynaecomastiaGynaecomastia surgery (male chest reduction surgery or ‘man boob’ surgery) is a procedure in which the male breast tissue is broken down and removed from the body.

During puberty most teenage boys develop fatty tissue around the chest or breast area, which for the majority of people usually subsides naturally within a year or so. For the remaining men, it can remain with them for the rest of their adult lives.

Male chest reduction is designed to remove the excess fat and offer the patient a slimmer, rejuvenated appearance.


Your procedure will be performed under a general anaesthetic as a day case, taking between 30 minutes and 2 hours to complete.

Your surgeon will make a small incision around the areola (the dark area surrounding the nipple) and proceed to remove all the excess fat. If there is a large amount of excess fat surrounding the tissue then liposuction may also be used. Once complete your surgeon will re-position the nipple and proceed to stitch it back together.


Bandages will be applied to the breast area for support and to limit any swelling for a few days, you may also be given pain relief medicine to help any pain that will occur. You may be asked to wear a supporting garment for around 2-6 weeks for extra support. Scars will fade as recovery continues.

It is recommended you take a week off work to ensure a full recovery and avoid strenuous activity for around 3-4 weeks.

Your surgeon will advise you of the appropriate aftercare following your surgery and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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