Male breast reduction (Gynaecomastia)

The Surgery

The surgery can be performed using liposuction and in some cases an incision is required around the areola and the breast tissue and excess skin are removed. The breast is then reshaped and the nipple lifted so it is in a normal position.

Where the patient has large breasts, it may also be necessary to make a cut in the crease under the breast (inframammary fold). The patient is likely to experience some pain following the procedure which is generally controlled by the prescription of painkillers for a few days following the operation which eases the discomfort.

There will be some scarring and this will depend on the amount of tissue removed, but this will fade significantly over time.

Hospital Stay

The patient is admitted to hospital on the day of surgery and Miss Patel will run through the procedure with the patient and mark the exact extent of the surgery. The patient will be seen by a Consultant Anaesthetist who will discuss the anaesthetic with the patient and will answer any questions the patient may have.

How long does the procedure normally take?

The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about an hour.


The patient should be able to go home the same day or the following day.
The bandages can be removed after a few days and the patient should be able to return to work after the first week. For the first three weeks after the operation, the patient should not lift anything heavy or do heavy manual work. Most patients resume normal activities within two to three weeks of the surgery.

Safety and potential risks in male breast reduction

The majority of patients undergoing breast reduction surgery performed by an experienced surgeon achieve good results with a rapid recovery. In a small proportion of patients complications can occur as listed below:

  • Bleeding – Bleeding can occur following surgery but this is easily managed by the surgeon.
  • Discomfort – Some discomfort is common with most operations and painkillers will be prescribed for a few days following the surgery.
  • Numbness – Numbness or persistent pain on the outer part of your breast. This is caused by injury to the small nerves that supply the skin. Any pain or numbness usually settles after a few weeks.

This is not a definitive list and symptoms will vary with each patient. Please ask Miss Patel for more information.

Next Steps

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