Gynecomastia, often referred to as ‘man boobs’, is a condition where the breast tissue in men is overdeveloped. This can cause many men to lose confidence in the appearance of their upper body, and pursue surgical solutions to flatten and contour the chest, such as gynecomastia surgery.
At the CREO Clinic, our medical director, Dr. Omar Tillo, is a double-board certified body contouring expert and a specialist in male body contouring procedures to tone the chest and create a more aesthetically pleasing upper body. Having performed gynecomastia surgery repeatedly, he has perfected the skills to safely and artfully craft the patient’s desired aesthetic by drawing from a vast array of surgical techniques and technologies.
If you suffer from gynecomastia or desire a more contoured chest, book a consultation with Dr. Tillo to discuss your cosmetic concerns, desired outcome, and suitability for gynecomastia surgery in London.
What is Gynecomastia Surgery (Male Breast Reduction)?
Gynecomastia describes the presence of excess breast tissue and lax skin around the chest in males. This condition can be caused by an array of factors, including hormone imbalances, weight gain and steroid use, among others.
Gynecomastia surgery, or a male breast reduction, offers an effective means to permanently remove the breast tissue and excess skin from the chest. In addition, patients may choose to incorporate liposuction into the procedure to remove stubborn fat deposits in the area.
Overall, gynecomastia surgery can help to flatten and tone the chest area, sculpting a more aesthetically pleasing and traditionally masculine upper body that many male patients desire.
Male Breast Reduction at CREO Clinic
Dr. Omar Tillo is a double board-certified surgeon that specialises in a range of male body contouring procedures, including gynecomastia surgery.
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, excess glandular breast tissue excision, among a range of other advanced surgical techniques and procedures for achieving the best aesthetic outcome for your body.
Quick Overview of Male Breast Reduction Surgery
AnesthesiaSedation or General Anaesthesia
Surgery time1-3 Hours
Hospital time3-6 Hours
Full recovery12 weeks
Benefits of Gynecomastia Surgery
There are many functional and aesthetic benefits of gynecomastia surgery:
- A firmer, contoured chest – By removing the breast tissue and skin, patients can enjoy a more toned and flatter chest. This can help to sculpt a more masculine aesthetic which many men desire.
- Comfort in tight clothing – Many men with gynecomastia feel self conscious about the condition and avoid wearing form fitting clothing in order to hide their chest as a result. Following gynecomastia surgery, patients can feel more comfortable in their body to explore wearing tight clothing that accentuates the contours of their newly toned chest.
- Easier to engage in physical activity – 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.
- Alleviating back pain – 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.
- Improved emotional wellbeing – 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.
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Who is a Good Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?
In general, good candidates for gynecomastia surgery should meet the following criteria:
- Patients should be in good overall physical and psychological health.
- Patients who are at their ideal weight with a BMI less than 30.
- Patients seeking to contour and flatten their chest.
- Patients wishing to restore symmetry to their chest.
- Patients who have been unable to tone the chest with diet and exercise interventions.
- Patients who are above the age of 20 years old to allow ample time for the effects of puberty to stabilise.
During your private consultation at CREO Clinic, Dr. Tillo will determine your suitability for a male breast reduction.
How Much Does Gynecomastia Surgery Cost in the UK?
In general, the cost of gynecomastia surgery at the CREO Clinic starts from £3,900 for open excision with local anaesthetic, and £6,900 for open excision with sedation. As gynecomastia surgery is an individualised procedure, the price varies depending on the surgical needs of each patient, and will only be determined following a consultation with Dr. Tillo.
For patients wishing to spread the cost of their treatment, the CREO Clinic is proud to partner with Chrysalis Finance to offer a range of financing options, including interest free financing for up to 12 months, and variable rates for longer repayment periods.
How to Prepare for Gynecomastia Surgery
Before booking your gynecomastia surgery, you will need to attend a 1-to-1 consultation with Dr. Tillo where you can discuss your expectations for surgery and the results you will realistically be able to achieve post-procedure.
Dr. Tillo will also ask you about your medical history in order to assess your suitability for surgery and identify any potential risk factors. For this reason, it’s important to be honest and discuss any questions or concerns you have during this consultation.
You will be provided with pre-operative instructions from Dr. Tillo to help you prepare for surgery. This will include nutritional advice, and guidelines for when you need to stop smoking and consuming alcohol before surgery.
How Does the Gynecomastia Surgery Procedure Work?
During your consultation, the surgeon will determine the best approach and walk you through the procedure. Gynecomastia surgery is an individualised procedure that requires a different combination of techniques and surgeries depending on the needs of each patient.
The gynecomastia surgery procedure typically takes 1-3 hours to complete and is conducted under sedation, or local or general anaesthetic. After this has been administered, an incision is made around the nipple. The placement and size of this incision is dependent on several factors, including the type and amount of tissue that needs to be removed.
The excess glandular tissue and skin is then excised, and liposuction can be used to remove fat deposits. After this, the remaining skin is tightened when the incisions are closed using stitches.
What are the Risks of Gynecomastia Surgery?
Although we take every precaution to minimise risk as much as possible, gynecomastia surgery, like any other procedure, comes with its own chance of complications:
- Scarring at the incision sites
- Contour irregularities, dimpling around the surgical site
- Prolonged numbness or swelling
- Hematoma or seroma
- Infection at the incision sites
Male Breast Reduction Recovery
During gynecomastia surgery recovery, you may experience swelling, soreness, and bruising in the affected area, which should gradually dissipate over the first few days. To manage any post-operative swelling, you will be provided with a compression garment that you must wear continuously for the first six weeks after surgery.
In general, gynecomastia surgery patients can return to work after 1-2 weeks of recovery and usually feel able to carry out light, daily activities. However, patients are advised to avoid strenuous exercise until six weeks after the surgery.
Male Breast Reduction Results
Immediately after gynecomastia 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. After this, you will be able to enjoy the full effect of your newly toned and defined chest, free of excess skin and glandular tissue.
Furthermore, you will be provided with post-operative instructions by your surgeon, which will help aid your healing and minimise the appearance of scars. Your surgeon will carefully make incisions in places so that any scarring is hidden by the natural contours of the body. These scars should gradually fade and flatten to form faint, white lines.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery Before and After Gallery
Male Breast Reduction FAQs
What is gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia describes the overdevelopment of breast tissue in men, causing the chest to lose muscular definition, which many men desire.
What causes gynecomastia?
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.
What are the symptoms of gynecomastia?
Symptoms of gynecomastia include: – Tenderness or pain in the chest area. – Chest is firm-feeling and can feel like a hard lump is underneath the skin. – Rounder, more defined chest, like female breasts. – Nipples look ‘puffy’ in appearance.
How common is gynecomastia in the UK?
It’s estimated that up to 60% of men in the UK suffer from gynecomastia, though the symptoms can vary from person to person. Although gynecomastia is typically associated with older men, the condition has been found to be as prevalent in younger men.
What is the difference between chest fat and gynecomastia?
There are several key symptoms that differentiate gynecomastia from chest fat. You can identify gynecomastia by the following characteristics: – Hormonal imbalances can cause the breast tissue to swell and become tender or painful. – The chest feels firm to the touch, and may present as a hard lump beneath the skin. – The chest appears rounder and more defined, similar to female breasts. – The presence of puffy nipples as a result of excess oestrogen.
What are the treatments available for gynecomastia?
Tamoxifen can be used in the early stages of gynecomastia to treat the development of the glandular tissue by reducing the amount of oestrogen. However, it is not a useful treatment for more advanced, established breast tissue. Gynecomastia surgery is a permanent solution to treating the condition by completely removing the excess breast tissue.
How long is the male breast reduction surgery?
Gynecomastia surgery takes between 1-3 hours to complete, and can depend on the complexity of the surgical techniques required and the type and amount of tissue to be removed.
Are the results of gynecomastia surgery permanent?
Yes, the results of gynecomastia surgery are permanent as the excised fat and glandular tissue cannot grow back. The excess tissue is permanently removed from the body during gynecomastia surgery. 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. Therefore, you should follow all aftercare guidance to get the most out of the procedure and maintain your results.
Is gynecomastia surgery painful?
If gynecomastia surgery is performed under sedation or general anaesthetic, you won’t be conscious during the procedure or feel pain. Upon regaining consciousness, you will be provided with any necessary pain relief to make your recovery as comfortable as possible. Alternatively, the procedure can be performed using local anaesthetic only, meaning the chest will be fully numbed so that you don’t experience any pain during surgery.
Is male breast reduction surgery safe?
Gynecomastia surgery is a safe procedure that uses specialised techniques to safely remove the glandular tissue. However, like any surgical procedure, it comes with its own risks. For this reason, your medical history will be assessed during consultation to highlight any concerns prior to surgery. In addition, it’s important to work with a specialist who has ample skills and experience completing this procedure.
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 or correction of puffy nipples. 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 six 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 after gynecomastia surgery.
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, masculine chest.
Are there nonsurgical alternatives to gynecomastia surgery?
Some drug treatments that reduce the amount of oestrogen in the body, such as tamoxifen, can be used to treat gynecomastia in the early stages. However, established breast tissue won’t be responsive to this drug.
What happens if gynecomastia is left untreated?
Although gynecomastia is not a dangerous condition, the amount of glandular tissue can increase and, for some men, this can cause tenderness or pain around the chest, as well as aesthetic concerns. For this reason, many men choose to treat their gynecomastia with surgical methods for permanent results.
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 for men, 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 in men 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.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you’re interested in gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction) in London, contact CREO Clinic to schedule a private consultation with our cosmetic surgeon Dr. Omar Tillo.
During your consultation, Dr. Tillo will discuss your eligibility for the procedure, answer any questions you have, and explain what results you might expect from male breast reduction.