Gynaecomastia correction (male breast tissue removal)

What is gynaecomastia correction?

Gynaecomastia is a common condition where female-type breast tissue appears in the male chest. There are many reasons why this might happen and may be due to normal hormonal changes in the body, a reaction to certain medications or, rarely, due to an underlying medical condition – it is important, therefore, to see your GP to identify the cause prior to embarking on a surgical option.

    The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic (with you asleep) and as a daycase. Depending on the type of gynaecomastia, which may be mainly fatty, mainly glandular, or the mixture of the two. The surgery is usually performed using a mix of liposuction, gland excision and skin reduction depending on the degree of excess tissue. The exact procedure required will be discussed with you at your first consultation.

    You are immediately placed into a compression garment to help reduce early post-operative swelling and promote healing. It’s important to wear compression for 6 weeks after surgery to get the best results. It’s also important to avoid exercises that use your chest muscles for 6 weeks to reduce the chance of fluid collecting under the skin.

    In most cases, the surgical wounds required are small and heal up within a couple of weeks. Occasionally it may take longer. You will return after a week for removal of dressings and wound inspection. Most patients are able to drive from this point and return to light work. It will take three months for the majority of the swelling to settle with the final result taking as much as a year.

    Gynaecomastia surgery is generally very-well tolerated with safe and predictable results. As with all surgery, there are risks that need to be fully explored before committing to an operation and more information on this can be found here


Gynaecomastia (male breast tissue) reduction
Procedure length
1 - 2 Hours
Hospital stay
Return to work
1-2 weeks
Return to exercise
6 weeks
No drains. No stitches to be removed

If you have a question regarding a procedure or would like to find out if you are a suitable candidate, please feel free to get in touch.