Male Breast Procedure

Its purpose

The medical term for "man breasts or man boobs" is gynaecomastia, an excess of natural breast tissue or of fat deposits – or a combination of both. It is very common and distressing condition that has been treated by plastic surgeons for many years.

Some cases of gynaecomastia may simply improve with age – this is especially true of teenage boys. If the condition is caused by being overweight then we strongly recommend a supervised diet and fitness programme as the best initial treatment.

When gynaecomastia is due to excess fat, it is effectively treated with liposuction as this leaves minimal scarring. If there is more fibrous breast tissue, then conventional surgery will be needed.

The aim in every case is to give you a flat chest profile, one which lets you wear the T shirts that you want or go swimming without embarrassment.

What Happens

If liposuction is the preferred treatment, it will usually be performed under general anaesthetic. The process involves making two tiny incisions hidden at the edge of the areolar margin and the excess fat is removed and the chest shape sculptured.

When there is also a gritty lump of breast tissue below the nipple then liposuction is best combined with direct excision of the tissue mound through a small incision hidden along the edge of the areola.

In the rare instance where there is loose droopy skin as well a skin removal and tightening procedure may also be needed. These two procedures are also performed under a General Anaesthetic and the each takes an one hour and a half to complete.


Naturally there will be mild discomfort after your surgery, but this will improve and is easily treated with painkillers. Activities such as lifting will tend to make symptoms worse. You will normally be allowed home the day after surgery. We will arrange a follow up appointments on a weekly basis with our specialist nurses and then you will see your dedicated specialist after six weeks.

How much time you need off work also varies between individuals – it can be up to 2 weeks. It really depends on what you do, and the precise nature of your treatment.