Gynecomastia/ Male Breast Reduction

Waterfront Hospital Edinburgh Scotland

Gynecomastia is a common condition in which the male breast tissue is enlarged. It may be caused by hormonal changes or imbalances, weight gain and the use of certain medications. It can cause significant cosmetic concerns for some men, leaving them feeling self-conscious.

Gynecomastia surgery, commonly referred to as male breast reduction, is a procedure aimed at reducing breast size in men and flattening and enhancing the chest contours. Our skilled and experienced plastic surgeons specialise in gynecomastia surgery, providing tailored solutions to help you achieve a masculine chest contour and restore your self-confidence.

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Gynecomastia Edinburgh

    1-2 Hours
    Day case
    1-2 weeks off work, 6 weeks before strenuous exercise
waiting area warterfront private hospital edinburgh

What the procedure involves

  1. Initial Assessment: A thorough examination to determine the cause of gynecomastia and the best surgical approach.
  2. Liposuction: Liposuction is employed for cases with excess fatty tissue involving small incisions and fat removal.
  3. Glandular Tissue Removal: When excess glandular tissue is the cause, it’s surgically excised, often through incisions around the areola.
  4. Skin Excision: In cases of significant skin laxity, excess skin may be removed to tighten and reshape the chest area.
  5. Combination Techniques: Some patients may require a combination of these methods for optimal results.

Benefits and expected outcomes

  • Improved Chest Contour: Achieves a flatter, more masculine chest shape, significantly improving physical appearance.
  • Boosted Confidence: Addresses psychological discomfort associated with enlarged breasts, enhancing self-esteem and body image.
  • Increased Physical Comfort: Reduces discomfort due to excess breast tissue, such as chafing or irritation, improving overall comfort in daily activities.
  • Positive Impact on Lifestyle: Many patients experience a newfound freedom in their choice of clothing and activities, contributing to a more active and fulfilling lifestyle.
  • Long-lasting Results: The results of gynecomastia surgery are typically permanent, offering enduring improvements to the chest’s appearance.

This surgery not only corrects physical aspects but also provides significant emotional and lifestyle benefits, improving the overall quality of life.

Who is an ideal candidate

  • Physical Health: Candidates should be in good overall health and non-smokers. Good health minimises the risks associated with surgery and anaesthesia, and non-smokers typically have a faster healing process.
  • Body Weight: Being close to your ideal body weight is crucial. Significant weight fluctuations after the procedure can alter the results. Ideal candidates should have a stable weight and be committed to maintaining it post-surgery.
  • Age and Breast Development: The surgery is most effective when breast development has stabilised. It’s typically recommended for adult men, as hormonal changes during adolescence can affect the results.
  • Realistic Expectations: Understanding what the surgery can and cannot achieve is essential. While gynecomastia surgery can significantly improve chest appearance, it’s important to have realistic expectations regarding the outcome, including the possibility of scars and the limits of how much tissue can be safely removed.
  • Emotional Well-being: Candidates often seek surgery due to emotional distress or self-consciousness caused by enlarged breasts. The decision to undergo surgery must be self-motivated and based on personal goals for body image.
  • Understanding of the Surgery: A well-informed candidate understands the procedure, the recovery process, and the potential risks and complications. An informed decision-making process is key to patient satisfaction.
  • Commitment to Post-Surgery Instructions: Adhering to post-operative care instructions, including activity restrictions and follow-up appointments, is vital for a successful recovery and optimal results.

Risks and considerations

The specific risks associated with gynecomastia surgery

  • Bleeding/Haematoma: There’s a risk of bleeding, especially after gland removal. A haematoma may require additional surgery to remove and stop bleeding.
  • Infection: A potential risk with any surgery, but very uncommon with this surgery.
  • Seroma: Accumulation of fluid in the surgical area, which may need to be drained.
  • Scarring: Incisions lead to scars, which vary in size based on the surgical technique. If skin excision is required, the scars can be more noticeable.
  • Under or Over Correction: Removing too much or too little tissue.
  • Lumpiness and Unevenness: Irregularities in the contour of the chest area can occur.
  • Skin Retraction: Skin may not retract fully after liposuction or gland excision.
  • Numbness: Temporary or permanent changes in skin sensation in the treated area.
  • Revision Surgery: In some cases, additional surgery may be required for optimal results.

Further reading BAAPS – Male Breast Reduction

Aftercare and recovery

  • Recovery Period: This usually involves wearing a compression garment and managing mild discomfort.
  • Activity Restrictions: Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities for a prescribed period.
  • Follow-Up Care: Regular follow-up appointments to monitor healing and address any concerns.
Detailed aftercare instructions

Frequently asked questions about male breast reduction

What is Gynecomastia Surgery?

Gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction, is a procedure to correct enlarged male breasts, restoring a flatter and more masculine chest contour.

How Much Does Gynecomastia Surgery Cost at Waterfront Private Hospital?

The guide price for gynecomastia surgery at our hospital ranges from £5000 to £7500, with skin excision procedures at the higher end of the scale.

Who is an Ideal Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?

Ideal candidates are men in good health, near their ideal body weight, with persistently enlarged breasts not responsive to diet and exercise.

What Does Gynecomastia Surgery Involve?

Based on individual needs, the procedure may involve liposuction, glandular tissue removal, skin excision, or a combination.

What Are the Risks Associated with Gynecomastia Surgery?

Risks include bleeding, infection, unevenness, scarring, and potential changes in nipple sensation.

Is Gynecomastia Surgery Painful?

The surgery is performed under anaesthesia, minimising discomfort during the procedure. Post-surgery, pain is typically mild and manageable.

How Long is the Recovery After Gynecomastia Surgery?

Recovery time varies, but most patients return to work and normal activities within 1-2 weeks.

Can Gynecomastia Return After Surgery?

If the underlying cause of gynecomastia is not addressed, there is a possibility of recurrence. Maintaining a stable weight and healthy lifestyle can help prevent recurrence.

How Does Gynecomastia Surgery Impact Body Image and Confidence?

Gynecomastia surgery often leads to a significant improvement in body image and self-confidence. By achieving a more masculine chest contour, patients commonly experience enhanced self-esteem and comfort in their physical appearance.

Is There Any Follow-Up Care Provided in Edinburgh After Gynecomastia Surgery?

We provide comprehensive follow-up care, including post-operative check-ups, advice on scar management, and support for any concerns. Our team is dedicated to ensuring our patients’ smooth and successful recovery.

What Sets Waterfront Private Hospital Apart for Gynecomastia Surgery in Scotland?

Waterfront Private Hospital stands out for its state-of-the-art facilities, experienced plastic surgeons, and a patient-centred approach. Our commitment to delivering personalised care and achieving optimal results makes us a preferred choice for gynecomastia surgery in Scotland.

How do you choose the right surgeon for gynecomastia surgery in Edinburgh?

Choosing the right surgeon involves researching their qualifications, experience, and patient reviews. It’s important to ensure that the surgeon is on the GMC Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery and has a proven track record in successfully performing gynecomastia surgeries. Ask to see their before and after images.

Can I See Before and After Photos of Gynecomastia Surgeries Done at Waterfront Private Hospital?

Yes, you will see several before and after photos of previous gynecomastia surgeries during your consultation. These photos help in understanding the potential outcomes and the quality of work performed at our hospital.

Our male breast reduction surgeons

Top service, top result !!!

A very good service from Mr Quaba.
I had a surgery about Gynecomastia, a condition I had for several years.
The process has been easy and straightforward he explain everything step by step regarding the surgery and what to expect.
I had no problem or complications at all post surgery and the result after six month is unreal.
I would highly recommend Mr Quaba and team.

Thank you!

Luca Marinelli
Oct 2023

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