Male Breast Reduction

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Procedure time

1 to 3 hours

Overnight stay



General anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation

Final results

6 months

Male breast reduction overview

What is a male breast reduction?

A male breast reduction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures for men in the UK. The procedure involves removing excess breast tissue and fat to reduce the size of the breast and create a firmer, more defined chest contour. The medical term for the procedure is gynaecomastia surgery. It is important to have a good understanding of the treatment before you have your surgery. This male breast reduction overview can give you a good starting introduction.

What is gynaecomastia?

Gynaecomastia is a common medical condition that is seen in men of varying ages. It is the enlargement of breast tissue in men. It is not always clear why this occurs. However, some causes can include obesity, hormonal changes, use of certain drugs or certain medical conditions.
Prior to having surgery, you should try and see if these causes may be the reason for your gynaecomastia. It is important to check because you may be able to reverse it by stopping taking certain medications and drugs. It is also important to try to lose weight first before having treatment, as this may also be the cause.

What can a male breast reduction achieve?

Enlarged breast tissue can have a negative impact on your self-esteem and be a source of emotional distress. You may feel that the excess breast tissue and excess skin in the area of your chest have given your chest more of a feminine look. As a result, you may consider a breast reduction. A male breast reduction procedure can help:

  • Remove excess breast tissue.
  • Remove excess skin in the chest area.
  • Achieve a more masculine looking chest.

In addition to physical changes, this procedure can help boost your confidence.

Who are BAAPS and BAPRAS?

BAPRAS (The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) and BAAPS (The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) are the two leading plastic surgery societies in the United Kingdom. All of our Medbelle surgeons are members of either BAAPS, BAPRAS or both.
Member surgeons are the most qualified plastic surgeons in the UK, with years of experience. They undergo regular training to keep their skills and knowledge up to date. It is vital that you choose your surgeon carefully, and make sure your plastic surgeon is a member of either BAAPS or BAPRAS before you have your surgery. This will ensure that you are in the safest hands during your breast reduction.

Surgery results and benefits vary per individual.
Specific results cannot be guaranteed.