Male Breast Reduction at CREO Clinic
Gynecomastia, commonly called man boobs, is the overdevelopment of breast tissue in males. Gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction, is a surgery that aims to flatten and reshape the chest by removing breast tissue and excess skin, and in some cases using liposuction to remove fat deposits in the area.
Dr Omar Tillo is a double board-certified surgeon that specialises in a range of body plastic surgeries, including male breast reduction and chest reconstruction surgery. Having performed the surgery repeatedly, he has perfected the skills to safely and artfully recreate the patient’s desired aesthetic by drawing from a vast array of surgical techniques and technologies.
Gynecomastia presents differently in patients and therefore requires a bespoke surgical approach. Depending on the requirements and anatomy of each patient, Dr Tillo may recommend liposuction, skin tightening treatments, open gland excision, among a range of other surgical techniques and procedures for achieving the best aesthetic outcome.
If you suffer from gynecomastia or want a more contoured chest, book a consultation with Dr Tillo to discuss your cosmetic concerns, desired outcome, and suitability for gynecomastia surgery in London.
AnesthesiaSedation or General Anaesthesia
Surgery time1-3 Hours
Hospital time3-6 Hours
Full recovery12 weeks
What Causes Male Breasts?
In contrast to females, males usually produce lower oestrogen levels (the hormone responsible for the growth of breast tissue) and higher levels of testosterone (which suppresses the effects of oestrogen). An imbalance in these two hormones can lead to enlarged breast tissue that can occur at any age for several reasons:
- Obesity can increase the body’s production of oestrogen. In addition, the accumulation of excess fat can give the breasts a more pronounced appearance.
- Men can develop gynecomastia due to the natural ageing process as levels of testosterone decrease and body fat increases.
- Puberty can cause hormonal imbalances in teenage boys. However, the resulting gynecomastia usually disappears with age as hormone levels stabilise.
- Newborn babies can develop gynecomastia through the transfer of oestrogen from the mother’s placenta. However, this is a temporary condition that disappears a few weeks after birth.
Benefits of Gynecomastia Surgery
Gynecomastia surgery provides several aesthetic and functional benefits for the patient:
- Many men suffer from low self-esteem because of gynecomastia since the condition doesn’t conform to the traditional masculine figure. A gynecomastia surgery resolves these cosmetic concerns by providing patients with a flatter and sculpted chest.
- The enlarged breast tissue can cause pain, discomfort, and self-consciousness as it moves around when engaging in intense physical activities. Therefore, gynecomastia surgery can help men regain a healthier and more active lifestyle.
- In more severe cases, a disproportionately larger and heavier chest can give rise to poor posture and chronic back pain, which a gynecomastia surgery can alleviate.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery Before and After
Gynecomastia Surgery Cost in UK
In general, the cost of gynecomastia surgery in the UK at the CREO clinic starts from £6,900. A gynecomastia surgery is an individualised procedure, the price of which varies depending on the surgical needs of each patient. Therefore, you will be given the exact cost of your surgery following a consultation with Dr Tillo.
Gynecomastia Surgery Procedure
Gynecomastia surgery is an individualised procedure that requires a different combination of techniques and surgeries depending on the needs of each patient. During your consultation, the surgeon will determine the best approach and walk you through the procedure.
Typically, after administering an anaesthetic, the surgeon makes an incision around the nipples. The size and placement of the incisions depend on a range of factors, such as the amount of excess tissue. Afterwards, the surgeon removes the excess glandular tissue and skin and tightens the remaining skin when stitching the incisions.
Immediately after the gynecomastia surgery, you may experience swelling, soreness, and bruising in the affected area, which gradually dissipates over the next few days. In general, patients can resume most of their daily routine 1-2 weeks after the surgery. However, patients are advised to avoid strenuous exercise until six weeks after the surgery.
Immediately after the surgery, you will have a noticeably flatter and more contoured chest. However, gynecomastia surgery results become fully visible once the residual swelling completely subsides, which may take up to 6 months. Furthermore, the scars left behind after a gynecomastia surgery are usually minimal and fade over time.
Gynecomastia Surgery and Tummy Tuck (Daddy Makeover)
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that reshapes and contours the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat in the area and tightening the abdominal muscles. The combination of gynecomastia and tummy tuck surgery, also known as a daddy makeover, is ideal for patients who have excess skin in the abdomen as a result of significant weight loss along with excess breast tissue, skin, or chest fat.
Male Breast Reduction and Liposuction
Liposuction, also known as suction-assisted lipectomy, is a surgery that removes excess fat from a targeted area of the body. In some cases, the overdevelopment of the breast area may be due to a combination of enlarged breast tissue and an accumulation of excess fat tissue. If this is the case, your surgeon may recommend both male breast reduction and liposuction surgery to achieve the best outcome.
Male Breast Reduction FAQ
Can Gynecomastia grow back after surgery?
No, the results of gynecomastia surgery are permanent as the excised fat and glandular tissue cannot grow back. However, an unhealthy lifestyle and the use of certain drugs and medication may lead to a fluctuation in hormone levels and weight, which can cause a recurrence of gynecomastia.
Does Gynecomastia surgery reduce nipple size?
In most patients, the excess glandular and fat tissue in the breast area causes the nipple and areola (the pigmented skin around the nipple) to expand. Therefore, gynecomastia surgery often results in a reduction in nipple size. Furthermore, depending on the needs and desired outcome of the patient, the surgeon may make an incision that reduces the size of the areola.
How can you reduce recovery from Gynecomastia surgery?
Your cosmetic surgeon will provide detailed aftercare instructions that will make your recovery as comfortable and speedy as possible. You will also receive a compression garment that should be worn as much as possible during the first two weeks after the procedure as it minimises swelling and supports the chest. Furthermore, staying hydrated, eating a healthy diet, engaging in light exercise, and getting plenty of rest will go a long way towards helping your body recover.
Who is a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery?
The gynecomastia surgeon determines your suitability for a male breast reduction surgery during a consultation. In general, most men in good health, at their ideal weight, and who wish to contour their chest are good candidates for the surgery. Furthermore, patients are advised to wait until they’re at least 20 years old before having surgery as the gynecomastia may resolve itself once the effects of puberty stabilise.
Is gynecomastia surgery worth it?
Gynecomastia is a condition that impacts many men by lowering their self-esteem and quality of life. Gynecomastia surgery is a cosmetic procedure that resolves these cosmetic concerns, making it an increasingly popular surgery in the UK. For this reason, many patients consider it to be a worthwhile procedure as it helps them achieve their ideal figure by providing a more contoured chest.