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Male Breast Reduction

Gynecomastia, sometimes referred to as “man boobs” or “enlarged male breasts” occurs when there are excess fatty deposits in the breast region. This is considered to be a common condition for men. It can occur at any time throughout life and can be particularly common during infancy and puberty. Often the condition will disappear after puberty. However, sometimes the condition continues into adulthood. This can often be detrimental to a man’s self-esteem and body image. Therefore, male breast reduction is considered a good solution. 

Candidates

Patients who are wishing to undergo male breast reduction will need to have realistic expectations about what the surgery can achieve.
While there is no optimum age range for male breast reduction, patients will need to have elastic skin in order to have good contouring once the fat has been removed. Often older patients will less elastic skin will have different results than younger patients. It is also important to note London Lipo Institute does not offer this procedure to patients under the age of 18.
 
It is recommended that you try to lose weight prior to undergoing male breast reduction, and be as close as possible to your ideal weight before surgery. You will need to stop smoking at least two weeks before surgery, as this can cause problems with the recovery period. It is also recommended that you continue to avoid smoking throughout the recovery period. 

Surgery

Prior to surgery, you will be given a general anaesthetic. This means you will not be awake during the procedure and will be unable to feel any pain or discomfort.
 
Next, the surgeon will make numerous small incisions into the skin. These incisions are generally made in the armpit, to avoid overly noticeable scars. Fat is then removed using a needle known as a cannula, which uses suction to remove the fat. During the procedure, you may be asked to alter your position in order for the surgeon to gain the best access to the fatty deposits.
 
After the procedure, absorbent pads and a pressure garment will be applied to the chest area. You will be taken to the recovery room until the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off. 
 
What Are The Risks?
As this is a surgical procedure, there are risks involved and rare side effects can occur.
 
Infection is rare, however, we do provide antibiotics which you are required to take after your procedure. This helps to lower the risk of infection occurring.
The small incision site (2-3mm) will scar and will initially appear red. Over time, this will fade to white lines. It is important to take care of the scar area. Make sure you avoid direct sunlight in order to avoid skin pigmentation. If you cannot avoid sun exposure, you will need to use sunscreen with a high SPF.
While the skin will retract following the procedure, this may not always happen, particularly for patients who are older and have less skin elasticity. If this occurs, it may be necessary to remove the excess skin in a separate procedure. 

Recovery

You will only need to spend around one hour in the recovery room at London Lipo Institute, afterwards, you will be able to return home to recover.
Your surgeon will give you detailed post-operative instructions, including follow-up appointments which you will need to attend. You will need to see your surgeon the day after your surgery, as well as other times during the recovery period. This gives you the opportunity to discuss any problems you are having and allows the surgeon to see how your recovery is progressing.
 
Following the male breast reduction, it is normal to experience some pain and swelling. You will be given painkillers and antibiotics to take to help manage any symptoms. Wearing the provided compression garment will help to reduce swelling. We recommend wearing the compression garment for at least the first three days. Swelling will subside within the first few weeks, however, sometimes this may take longer.
 
You will need to avoid any vigorous physical activity for the first five days. You will be able to return to work and your normal day-to-day activities after three weeks and resume your usual gym routine after six weeks. 

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FAQS

Who is a good candidate for male breast reduction?

To have male breast reduction, you will need to be:
- 18 years or older
- Physically and mentally in good health
- Have realistic expectations about what the surgery can achieve 

Those who have large breasts that have not reduced after adolescent and was not caused by medication are considered a good candidate for male breast reduction. You will need to be at a stable weight prior to surgery.

How do I prepare for the male breast reduction surgery?

Prior to surgery, you will need to ensure you stop smoking at least two weeks before surgery. Smoking can cause complications during and after the procedure and can slow down the recovery process. You may also need to stop taking certain medications. Your surgeon will advise you on this during your consultation.

How long does the procedure take?

Male breast reduction will take three to four hours to complete.

What happens during the procedure?

You will be given a general anaesthetic, which means you will not be awake for the procedure. Next, the surgeon will make a small incision under the armpit. A cannula will be inserted to break up the fat, and the fat will be suctioned out. This will remove the excess fat cells from the area.

How long is the recovery period?

You will experience some pain and discomfort following surgery, particularly around the incision area. You will be given pain medication which you can take if necessary. You may need to take two to three days off work, however, some men may require more time off work. You will have to avoid any strenuous physical activity for the first two weeks following surgery. You can then resume light activities for the next month. You can go back to your normal exercise regime after a total of six weeks. 

Is the procedure painful?

You will not feel any pain during the procedure, as you will be given a general anaesthetic. 

After the procedure, it is normal to experience some pain and discomfort. Your surgeon will give you medication which will help to manage any discomfort.

What are the risks associated with male breast reduction?

There are several rare risks associated with male breast reduction. These include:
- Bleeding
- Infection
- Swelling
- Blood clots
- Reactions to anaesthetic or medications

London Lipo Institute has a comprehensive checklist in place to ensure these risks do not occur. 

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