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.
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.
Male breast reduction will take three to four hours to complete.
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.
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.
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.
There are several rare risks associated with male breast reduction. These include:
- 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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