Male Breast (Gynaecomastia) Surgery

Male breast appearance can be very troubling for people and difficult to address without surgery. Many men exercise regularly to try and address this, but remain unhappy.

Whilst disease processes can cause the appearance of a man’s chest to look more effeminate, this is relatively uncommon.

Despite this, people considering surgery should always see their GP for a full assessment including blood tests to check hormone profiles prior to proceeding. There are also certain medications that can cause male breast appearances such as some anti-heartburn medications, anabolic steroids or the recreational use of cannabis. These should also, should all be stopped prior to considering surgery.

However, most male breast surgery patients have no known cause after all these investigations and their only option is to consider an operation. The type of surgery that is most appropriate really depends on the degree of excess breast tissue to be removed and whether there is also too much skin. For minor cases it is sometimes possible to address with liposuction alone which usually involves 3 small scars on each side, all less than 1cm. However, this does not remove the glandular component that sits just behind the nipple. It is more common for this to also need removing, which involves a small scar under the areola. In very severe cases it may be necessary to remove skin and the scars for this depend on how much skin needs to be removed.


Most mild-moderate cases can be done whilst awake under local anaesthetic, do not require the use of surgical drains and patients feel up to going home the same day. I sometimes use surgical drains in people who have more servere gynaecomastia and these cases may require a general anaesthetic, with or without a night in hospital. You can get in the shower to wash as soon as you like, but should avoid soaking your scars in water for prolonged periods during the first 2 weeks such as in deep baths or whilst swimming.

The duration of swelling depends a little on what you choose to have done. All scars improve considerably over the first 3 months, but will take a year to settle completely.

We will arrange a wound check one week after your procedure and follow up in the clinic after that at 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months.

Gynaecomastia is a difficult condition to treat well. Make sure you get all your tests done by your GP first to exclude the rarer causes and stop any medications that could be having an effect. It is easy to over or under correct so you should take your time choosing a surgeon that you trust.

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Why Choose Us?

We recognise that the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery can be daunting. We also recognise that there is a lot of information, and misinformation, on the internet – often tainted by commercial bias, trying to persuade you to make a snap decision to jump in to surgery.

In our clinic, we take a different approach. Our staff understand the thought process and emotional challenges you face when contemplating cosmetic surgery and want to help you by providing accurate, unbiased information to guide you through your decision making process.

Should you choose to have breast surgery with our clinic, you can be guaranteed that your procedure will be carried out not only by a consultant plastic surgeon, but a plastic surgeon who’s NHS practice is dedicated to breast surgery and breast reconstruction. That’s right. Breast surgery is what he does all day, every day. We believe that by having super specialists carry out each procedure in our clinic, we can achieve the best possible results in the safest possible way, giving you the best possible chance of a successful outcome.

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Russell Bramhall is a consultant plastic surgeon. Formerly of London's Harley Street, he works as an NHS consultant at Glasgow Royal Infirmary where he specialises in breast reconstruction for cancer patients. In his private practice, Russell’s main interest is in breast surgery.

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