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Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Gynaecomastia is a medical term that comes from the Greek words for “woman-like breasts.” Although it is not often talked about, gynecomastia is more common than you may think, affecting an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men. In some men it affects both breasts, in some only one. There are a number of reasons for gynaecomastia to occur. It may be a response to an excess of estrogen or a lack of testosterone, and can occur in babies, teens and older men. Gynecomastia can also be caused by heredity and obesity. When gynaecomastia occurs in older men, it is usually caused by other issues, including liver or lung cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, overactive thyroid or hormone problems. Excessive alcohol consumption or illicit drugs may also cause gynaecomastia.

Sometimes, gynaecomastia is caused by medications. These include:

  1. Steroids
  2. Ulcer medications
  3. Epilepsy medications
  4. Digitalis and other heart medications
  5. Chemotherapy drugs
  6. Antiandrogen medications
  7. Antianxiety and antidepressant medications
  8. Products containing tea tree oil or lavender oil
Dr Olimpiu Harceaga - Expert in male breast reduction surgery

Dr Olimpiu Harceaga – Expert in male breast reduction surgery

If you have overdeveloped breasts and feel self-conscious about the appearance of your chest, our treatment can correct the problem. Liposuction is an effective tool for the permanent removal of these localised excess fatty tissues and can restore a slimmer, more masculine chest contour.

Are you a candidate for male breast reduction surgery?

Male breast reduction surgery, called reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure that reduces male breast size while providing a more contoured chest. Candidates for reduction mammoplasty include men who:

  1. Are healthy and do not have a medical condition that can impair healing
  2. Are physically healthy and are at a relatively normal weight
  3. Have breast development that has stabilized
  4. Are embarrassed or ashamed by enlarged breasts
  5. Experience physical discomfort from oversized breasts
  6. Have a condition has lasted 12 months or longer
  7. Are non-smokers and non-drug users
  8. Have good skin elasticity
  9. Have a positive outlook and specific goals regarding improving their physical symptoms of gynecomastia

The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for the reduction mammaplasty is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Harceaga.

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Preparing for your male breast reduction surgery

At your initial consultation, your surgeon will take a complete medical history. Having your surgeon know about your medical background is very important, so please be sure to provide all the information you can.

If you decide to proceed with treatment, your surgeon will give you specific instructions, including guidelines on eating, drinking and taking certain vitamins and medications.

Because smoking decreases circulation and interferes with proper healing, you surgeon will also instruct you to stop smoking for a minimum of one to two weeks before your surgery and during your recovery.

Types of Male Breast Reduction Surgery

The traditional technique for reduction mammoplasty uses an incision around the areola to open the skin and remove the underlying breast gland tissue. This procedure is designed to remove mostly breast gland tissue and a little amount of fat. It is not a complex procedure and is considered generally safe, but requires you to avoid exercise and physical strain for two weeks following the surgery in order to minimize the risk of developing bleeding in the surgical site and allow for the skin to heal properly.

Dr. Harceaga uses a minimal scarring technique for gynaecomastia surgery that leaves an inconspicuous scar, unlike the traditional techniques that require an incision around the nipple. This technique greatly improves on the traditional surgery, by offering:

  1. Smaller, hidden scars
  2. Faster recovery
  3. Lower risk of bleeding following the surgery
  4. Better cosmetic appearance

The technique involves a small incision towards the armpit. It is the ideal technique for breast enlargement that is mostly due to excess fat. The small incision technique can also be used to remove breast gland tissue, using specially designed cannulas developed for gynaecomastia surgery.

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What You Can Expect With Male Breast Reduction Surgery

The process begins with an initial consultation with Dr. Harceaga. You will have an opportunity to discuss your goals and expectations about the gynecomastia reduction procedure with the doctor, and ask any relevant questions you may have.

During your initial male breast reduction consultation, Dr. Harceaga will:

  1. Review your medical history and any medications you are taking
  2. Discuss the procedure
  3. Provide recommendations based on your needs and goals

The key to a successful male breast reduction outcome using this surgical approach is for the patient to have skin that has some elasticity, so as the healing process moves forward the skin conforms to the new contour of the reduced breast. In some cases where there is no skin elasticity, as with older patients, or when there is a significant amount of excess skin because of extremely enlarged breasts, additional surgery to excise the skin may be required.

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 Alternatively, please fill out the contact box below and a member of our team will get in touch with you.

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