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Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Male breast reduction surgery, clinically known as gynaecomastia surgery, is a procedure designed to address gynaecomastia, a condition characterised by the enlargement or swelling of breast tissue in males. This condition can affect one or both breasts, sometimes unevenly, and can result from hormonal changes, heredity, obesity, or the use of certain drugs. Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna, a renowned UK plastic surgeon, offers male breast reduction surgery to help men regain a more masculine chest contour and improve their self-esteem. Understanding the sensitive nature of gynecomastia, Anca approaches each case with empathy and discretion, employing state-of-the-art surgical techniques to achieve optimal results. The goal of male breast reduction is not only to reduce breast size but also to enhance the overall chest aesthetics, ensuring that the results are in harmony with your body proportions.

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At a glance

Length of surgery
2-3 hours
General anaesthetic
Length of stay
Overnight stay
7-10 days off work
6 weeks

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Who Needs Male Breast Reduction

Male breast reduction surgery is suitable for men who are self-conscious about their appearance due to gynaecomastia and who seek a firmer, flatter, and more traditionally masculine chest contour. Ideal candidates for this surgery include:

  • Men with Gynaecomastia: Individuals diagnosed with gynecomastia, experiencing discomfort, embarrassment, or a lack of confidence due to enlarged breasts, are primary candidates for male breast reduction surgery.
  • Those in Good Health: Candidates should be in good general health, without any medical conditions that could impair healing or increase the risk of surgery.
  • Individuals at a Stable Weight: Men who have tried alternative treatments such as diet and exercise without success, and whose condition cannot be resolved through weight loss alone, may benefit from surgery. It’s important that candidates have a relatively stable weight to ensure lasting results.
  • Non-smokers or those Willing to Quit: Smoking can significantly hinder the healing process. Ideal candidates are non-smokers or are willing to quit smoking well in advance of the surgery and throughout the recovery period.
  • Men with Realistic Expectations: Understanding the capabilities and limitations of gynaecomastia surgery is crucial. Anca ensures that all potential candidates have a clear understanding of what the surgery can achieve and are realistic about the outcomes.

Candidates will undergo a complex consultation with Anca, during which she will assess their suitability for surgery, discuss their aesthetic goals, and outline what can realistically be achieved through male breast reduction. This personalised approach ensures that each patient receives the most appropriate treatment plan for their specific situation.

Benefits of Male Breast Reduction

Male breast reduction surgery offers a multitude of benefits, significantly impacting both the physical appearance and psychological well-being of those who undergo the procedure. Anca’s precise and thoughtful approach to gynaecomastia surgery ensures that patients enjoy improvements, including:

  • Restored Confidence and Self-Esteem: Perhaps the most immediate and impactful benefit, the restoration of self-confidence, allows men to feel more comfortable in their skin. The embarrassment and self-consciousness that often accompany gynecomastia can hinder personal and social interactions, and resolving these issues can open up new opportunities for confidence in various aspects of life, including relationships and public activities.
  • Improved Chest Contour: Male breast reduction surgery results in a firmer, flatter, and more masculine chest. This enhanced contour can make patients feel more confident in tight-fitting clothes or in situations where chest exposure is likely, such as at the beach or gym.
  • Physical Comfort: Excess breast tissue can sometimes lead to physical discomfort, especially during physical activities. Reducing this tissue not only improves appearance but also enhances physical comfort, making activities like running or jumping more comfortable and enjoyable.
  • Expanded Clothing Options: Gynecomastia can limit clothing choices, making it difficult to wear certain styles that fit well or look good. After surgery, patients often find a broader range of clothing options available to them, including fitted shirts and swimwear, without feeling self-conscious.
  • Long-Lasting Results: With a healthy lifestyle, the results of male breast reduction are generally permanent. The removal of excess fat and glandular tissue means these issues are unlikely to recur, provided patients maintain a stable weight and avoid factors that could trigger gynecomastia.


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Types of Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Liposuction Technique

This approach is effective when gynaecomastia is primarily the result of excess fatty tissue. A cannula is inserted through small incisions to loosen and vacuum out the fat from the chest area. Liposuction is less invasive and often results in shorter recovery times.

Excision Technique

When gynaecomastia is due to excess glandular tissue or skin, the excision technique is necessary. This method involves making incisions to remove tissue and excess skin, and it can also be used to reduce the size of the areola or reposition the nipple for a more natural male chest contour.

Combination of Liposuction and Excision

In many cases, a combination of both techniques is needed to achieve the best results. This approach allows Anca to comprehensively address both excess fat and glandular tissue, sculpting a more masculine chest.

Male breast reduction surgery can be performed using different techniques, depending on the extent of gynecomastia and the composition of the enlarged breast (predominantly fatty tissue vs. glandular tissue). Anca is skilled in various methods and tailors the surgery to meet the specific needs of each patient: Liposuction Technique, Excision Technique, and Combination of Liposuction and Excision.

The choice of technique is determined after a thorough evaluation of your condition, considering factors such as the amount of reduction needed, skin elasticity, and individual health and aesthetic goals.

Recovery and Aftercare

Recovery from male breast reduction surgery varies from person to person, but Anca provides guidance to ensure a smooth and efficient healing process. Key elements of the recovery and aftercare phase include:

  • Immediate Postoperative Care: Immediately following the surgery, you will have dressings or bandages applied to the incisions, and may need to wear an elastic bandage or support garment to minimise swelling and support the new chest contour as it heals. In some cases, a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid.
  • Downtime: While individual experiences vary, most patients can expect to take at least a week off from work and normal activities. Strenuous physical activity should be avoided for a few weeks following surgery, as advised by Anca.
  • Pain Management: Some discomfort, swelling, and bruising are normal, and Anca will prescribe medication to manage any pain. It’s essential to follow her instructions closely to ensure a comfortable recovery.
  • Follow-up Visits: Regular follow-up appointments with Anca are crucial to monitor healing and progress. These visits allow her to assess the surgical results and ensure that recovery is on track, providing peace of mind and addressing any concerns that may arise.
  • Long-term Care: Maintaining a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle is key to preserving the results of the surgery. Anca offers advice on diet, exercise, and other lifestyle factors to help you enjoy your new chest contour for years to come.


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How Much Is Male Breast Reduction in the UK

The cost of male breast reduction surgery in the UK varies based on several factors, including the extent of the surgery required, the specific techniques used, the surgeon’s experience, and the geographical location of the clinic. Anca is committed to transparency, ensuring that all patients are fully informed about the costs associated with their procedure during the initial consultation.

On average, male breast reduction surgery in the UK can range from £3,500 to £6,000. This price typically includes the surgeon’s fee, anaesthesia, the use of surgical facilities, post-operative care, and follow-up appointments. However, the final cost may differ based on individual patient needs and whether additional procedures are performed simultaneously.

Anca’s approach to male breast reduction is not just about removing unwanted tissue but about sculpting a chest that aligns with each patient’s vision for their body. Her detailed consultations ensure that you understand the financial, physical, and emotional aspects of your surgery, making the decision to proceed with male breast reduction an informed and considered one.

Further Reading



Frequently asked questions

If you are concerned with the look of your chest then you may be suitable for gynaecomastia surgery.

This is a common and popular treatment for men. While all surgery has some risks associated, the complications can be minimised when choosing an experienced plastic surgeon to perform your procedure.

Male breast reduction itself is performed under general anaesthetic so you will not feel any pain. Post-operatively, some tenderness or soreness is to be expected and a course of mild or prescription painkillers will be recommended.

About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



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Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

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Please call to find out more about availability, pricing and medical payment plans or to request more information about the procedure, contact us.

How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire on 0800 080 6026 or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

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