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Male breast reduction step by step

How the Surgery is Performed

In the theatre, your skin will be cleaned with iodine and you will receive an injection of local anaesthetic, after which several small (2-3mm) incisions will be made in the skin. A solution containing an anaesthetic and a substance to help prevent bruising will then be injected into the fat through these incisions.

Once the area is fully numbed, the fat is removed using a fine needle, called a cannula, which is attached by tubing to a strong suction machine.

  • You will be asked to change position from time to time to give the surgeon better access to fat deposits. You will also be asked to stand several times so the progress of the procedure can be assessed.
  • When the procedure is over, absorbent pads and a pressure garment will be applied and you will be taken to the recovery room.

 Recovering from your surgery

You will go home once the effects of your anaesthetic or sedation have worn off. Most patients leave after about one hour to spend the rest of their recovery at home.

  • You will be given written post-operative instructions and a follow-up appointment will be arranged for you in six weeks.
  • You will also be given painkillers and antibiotics after your male breast reduction.
  • You will need to arrange transport as you will not be able to drive for 24 hours. We can arrange this for you if necessary.

You can expect your recovery to be rapid but there will be some swelling and bruising of the treated area. You can help reduce this by wearing a firm support garment for at least three days or until the fluid drainage stops.

The worst of the swelling will subside in the first few weeks, however it may be as much as two months before the full effect of the male breast reduction surgery is apparent.

  • It is common to experience some numbness or tingling of the skin soon after your procedure but this should settle rapidly.
  • It is important not to engage in vigorous activities for the first five days after surgery.
  • You may return to work and resume most of your normal activities after three weeks and begin to exercise after six weeks.

You will see your surgeon the day after your surgery and at specified intervals during the weeks following your surgery. This is done so that the doctor can personally monitor your recovery process, and to ensure that you have the best results possible.

Evaluating risks and complications

Male breast reduction is an extremely safe procedure and most patients are extremely satisfied. However, as with all surgical procedures complications sometimes occur.

  • Infection is rare and you will be given antibiotics during your procedure and for five days afterwards.
  • There will be small (2-3mm) scars which will initially be red. Over a number of weeks, however, these should fade to fine white lines. It is important to keep your scars out of direct sunlight until they have faded as exposing them to sunlight can affect skin pigmentation, causing the scars to turn dark. If sun exposure is unavoidable, you will need to use a strong sun block.
  • Following liposuction, the skin retracts, however in some people – particularly those who are older – it may not retract fully. If this happens, the excess skin may need to be removed at a later date.
  • There is the possibility of skin irregularities, however this is minimized by the use of very fine needles.

Find out more

You can find out more about male breast reduction on our blog pages. At London Lipo Institute, we have a number of plastic surgeons experienced in male breast reduction surgery. To book a free consultation, please call us on 01923 801601 or email info@londonlipoinstitute.com. Alternatively, please fill out the contact box below and a member of our team will get in touch with you.

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