Gynaecomastia is that clinical name for male breast enlargement, and it may be of some comfort to know that it’s a very common condition. Gynaecomastia presents itself as either an excess of breast tissue or fat, but often it’s a combination of both.
Although weight control can have an impact in decreasing the size of the breast, in practice this makes little visible change, particularly if you have enlargement of the breast tissue.
In some patients the cause can be due to an underlying hormonal imbalance, so prior to male breast reduction surgery being approved, you may be referred to an endocrinologist to have a full hormonal investigation to ensure that no reversible causes are missed.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Mr Akhavani has a particular interest in performing minimal scarring gynaecomastia surgery, with no scars around the nipple areola complex in the patient group suitable for this technique. This is carried out with a combination of liposuction
, and if necessary, removal of the breast glandular tissue.
During your consultation Mr Akhavani will assess our suitability for a male breast reduction procedure through a process of detailed discussion, an assessment of your medical history and a physical examination. It may not always be possible to meet all your expectations with surgery, so it’s crucial that you have an understanding of the realistic expectations, and Mr Akhavani will give you plenty of time to ask any questions and ensure you have all the information you need to make a decision.
Gynaecomastia Recovery and Complications
Following gynaecomastia surgery, you should be able to go home on the same day and will be discharged wearing a compression garment for 6 weeks to help reduce swelling after surgery. You should be able to return to work between 1 and 2 weeks after the surgery and back to light exercise 2 weeks after the operation. A full recovery is generally expected after 6 to 8 weeks.
There are some potential complications following a male breast reduction, although rare. They include:
Minor skin infections
The need for further surgery
To book a consultation for gynaecomastia surgery at one of our London practices, please call us on 0203 733 3224.
For further information on male breast reduction, please visit the following links:
BAAPS Patient Information on Gynaecomastia
ASPS Patient Information on Gynaecomastia