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For many men, surgery offers the best route to removing excess breast tissue (often referred to as ‘man boobs’), and achieving a regular, flattened male chest. The proportion of men suffering from this condition, known as gynecomastia, ranges from 40-60%. Excess breast tissue in men has a variety of causes , including hereditary factors, changes in hormones, the use of certain drugs, and disease. In adult males, the causes of breast growth can be more complicated, and less likely to resolve without treatment, with one breast being larger than the other, and prone to becoming more prominent due to changes in weight. As the excess tissue is glandular, rather than mere fat, dieting is not a solution.
In contrast to breast removal in women, male breast reduction is a significantly less invasive procedure, known as subcutaneous mastectomy. The surgeon removes the excess tissue through a small skin incision (which can result in less skin scarring), and liposuction. The surgeon will always seek to place incision in the natural contours of the chest, to reduce the appearance of scarring, although some scarring may still be visible. Depending on the patient, excess skin may also be removed to ensure the most aesthetically pleasing result.
Male breast reduction is a relatively straightforward procedure, and the results of the surgery are evident very soon afterwards, with an improved, more slender chest.
At the time of your consultation at the Alexandra Private Hospital, your surgeon will discuss the various options available to you, in line with your specific medical circumstances. In some instances, the surgeon may determine that medication is more appropriate than surgery, and, with provide you with relevant information in this regard. You should always feel free to ask your surgeon any questions that you have regarding the surgery, and discuss any areas that may seem unclear. The goal of your surgeon and the Hospital staff is to make your entire experience as comfortable, and worry-free as possible.