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Male chest reduction, also known as gynaecomastia surgery, is a surgical procedure to remove excess fatty tissue in the chest – sometimes referred to as “man boobs”. The procedure is designed to flatten the chest and create a natural, more masculine look.
Our expert surgeons offer three types of chest reduction surgery, which will be discussed in your free consultation. Liposuction can be used, and in some cases excess skin and glandular tissue can be removed to achieve the best result.
Gynaecomastia is an enlargement or excessive amount of breast tissue in males. It is most commonly caused by male oestrogen levels that are too high or are out of balance with testosterone levels. Weight gain also has an impact of the size of the male chest area and sometimes, despite diet and exercise, can’t be reduced naturally.
The results of the surgery will mean the fatty tissue in your chest will be removed, leaving it flatter and firmer. Results are immediate and can be maintained long-term with a healthy lifestyle.
After gynaecomastia surgery, you may feel happier about your body when taking off your top, playing sports or going swimming. The effect of being happier with how you look can’t be overestimated - our patients tell us that, by looking better on the outside, they feel better inside and their self-esteem and confidence is boosted.
As with every surgical procedure, it’s important that you’re aware of any potential risks that chest reduction surgery may pose, however small, so that you can weigh these up against the benefits that surgery can bring.
Your surgeon assistant and expert surgeon will be happy to discuss any possible complications and give you detailed information regarding the procedure. As a guide, these may include bleeding, infections, bruising, numbness and scars.
The increase in fatty tissue in the chest can be due to gynaecomastia, caused by increased oestrogen levels. Hormone imbalances can occur with age or weight gain and are relatively common.
Your surgeon may recommend weight loss, but if your larger chest is due to hormone imbalance, weight loss alone may not be effective and surgery may be needed.
As a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, we understand that each individual’s procedure is different, so our treatment plans are tailored specifically around your own unique needs. Because of this, the male chest reduction cost can vary, depending on the area/s you’re having treated.
which you can discuss your requirements with your surgeon assistant. They’ll provide a detailed overview of the chest reduction surgery cost and the various payment plans we have available. As well as being able to pay for your procedure outright, you can choose to spread the cost over several years via our flexible finance plans. Please view our pricing and finance page to read more about these.
And if you join our Membership programme, Transform Me, you’ll have access to exclusive discounts and offers relating to your treatments with us.
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Behind the scenes care, to help you take centre stage
Your first appointment
The initial step is to talk to your surgeon assistant over the phone. You’ll be able to talk to them about why you’re considering chest reduction surgery, the likely costs and finance options, how much time you’ll probably need to take off work, and when you’d like to have the surgery. If you feel ready, they’ll then book you in for your free consultation with one of our surgeons.
Your surgical consultation
At your free consultation, your surgeon will ask you about the results you want to achieve from surgery. You can discuss what you ideally want your chest to look like, whether you are a suitable candidate for the surgery, and the benefits and risks, with no obligation to go ahead. This surgical consultation can be carried out either over video chat or in person at your local clinic. Our surgeons are extremely knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions you have. They’ll go through the type of surgery you will need and the results you can expect to achieve. If you feel ready to go ahead and book your treatment, they’ll then refer you to a clinic nurse who’ll perform some pre-op tests and procedures.
On the day of your surgery, you’ll meet with your surgeon so you can go through the consent form and ask any last-minute questions. You’ll then be introduced to the rest of your surgical team before going into theatre.
Male chest reduction surgery uses liposuction to remove excess fat. Depending on the result you want to achieve, it may also involve removing glandular tissue and loose skin. We have three classifications (or grades) of chest reduction surgery, all of which are performed by our experienced cosmetic surgeons: Grade 1 involves small to moderate gland removal, Grade 2 involves a moderate to large combination of gland and skin removal, and Grade 3 involves a larger combination of skin, glandular and fatty breast tissue removal.
Following the procedure, you’ll need to stay in hospital for two nights, where you’ll receive the highest quality aftercare. Your chest is likely to be swollen and feel tender to start with, and it’s normal to feel discomfort during the first 24 to 48 hours. There may also be some bruising at this stage. We’ll provide pain relief to help with any discomfort you may experience, but you should be up and about within 48 hours.
Before you leave the hospital, we’ll talk to you about looking after yourself at home and make a follow-up appointment with your surgeon/nurse to remove your stitches. We’ll give you the number for our 24/7 patient helpline so you can speak to a member of our clinical team, day or night.
We believe that the highest quality aftercare is just as important as the surgery itself, so we’re here to support you through the recovery period. You may feel sore or uncomfortable for several days after chest reduction surgery, so we may prescribe painkillers. In some cases, pain may persist for some weeks after surgery, although it is rare for patients to experience extreme pain.
There will also be noticeable swelling and bruising for a number of weeks. We recommend taking around a week off work in the early stages of healing. You may be given a compression garment to wear post operatively for a period of time, depending on the type of surgical procedure you are having. If you have any questions or concerns at all, you can contact our 24/7 helpline. You’ll also have a series of follow-up appointments with the Transform team to make sure you’re healing well. For your peace of mind, all cosmetic surgery patients have access to our two-year aftercare programme.