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.