Male Breast Reduction (Gynaecomastia)


Tees Plastic Surgery, one of Yorkshire’s leading clinics providing male breast reduction (Gynaecomastia) surgery.

All our procedures are performed by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin who has more than 15 years clinical experience delivering high quality, high value, clinical solutions to both men and women of all ages.

All your care is provided by Mr Dunkin and his expert team at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees or BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington - the regions leading private hospitals. At Tees Plastic Surgery you can be assured you will receive the best quality of care and a level of service that is second to none.

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What is gynaecomastia?

Men often get enlargement of the breasts during puberty, in early adult life and when they get older. In most cases this is a normal physiological process and nothing to worry about. In a small number of men it may be due to a medication they take or there may be an underlying medical condition. We would advise you to see your family doctor before coming to see us as assessment for this problem is covered on the NHS. Gynaecomastia ("man boobs" or “moobs”) are embarrassing for men and often stop them from taking their tops off or wearing tight tops in public and can affect their family and social lives. 

Am I a good candidate for a male breast reduction?

The best candidates for male breast reduction are men who are having problems with breast enlargement.

What are the benefits of breast reduction?

Reduces your breast size and improves your chest shape.
May increase your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

What happens before treatment?

Your first appointment will be with our Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin.

This initial assessment includes a full medical history and examination. We will then talk about what we can do to help, what is involved and what you can expect in terms of outcome, recovery and aftercare. Following your first consultation, we will write to you with further information and then see you again to get you ready for your procedure. During your second appointment we will discuss the procedure you would like and go through this in detail, including any potential problems.

What is involved in gynaecomastia treatment?

The treatment you need will depend on the type and degree of your gynaecomastia. Liposuction works well when fatty excess is the main problems. If you have a firm ‘nubbin’ of excess breast tissue then you may need an open reduction. If you have large breasts with excess skin then you may need breast reduction. We try to keep scars to a minimum so you settle as quickly as possible and get the best outcome. 

What happens after my gynaecomastia treatment?

Most procedure are done with you asleep. You can go home the same day or stay overnight and we see you back a week later for review. Stitches are dissolving so nothing to remove and dressings are showerproof so you can shower as normal. Most men go back to work within a few days or a week. A tight lycra sports top helps reduce swelling and we advise you to wear this for at least the first 6 weeks. Most men rest from the gym for 2-4 weeks depending on the procedure.

What are the downsides to male breast reduction?

Most men don't have any problems after surgery. The most common issue is swelling that can take months to settle. Potential complications include problems with the anaesthetic, deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus, bleeding, haematoma, wound infection, slow healing, poor scars, skin tethering, asymmetry, overcorrection and undercorrection. Numbness is common after surgery and usually improves with time and massage.

How can I minimise my risks?

Smokers have more problems after surgery and we will strongly encourage you to stop before surgery. Stop nicotine patches four weeks before your operation too. Avoid drugs that make you bleed like Aspirin and other NSAIDs. 

Are there any alternatives to gynaecomastia treatment?

Gynaecomastia can be caused by some medication including steroids and cannabis and can improve when you stop. Exercise, weight loss and weight training particularly woring on your pectoralis major muscles can help.

Paying for treatment

Tees Plastic Surgery offers Consultant-delivered state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery procedures at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees or BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington. Paying for your treatment could not be simpler and both Nuffield Health and BMI hospitals offer loans to fund surgical treatment.

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What do I do now?

Our clinic is based at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees or BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington. 

Please contact us on 0844 272 5951 for a consultation
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