Male Breast Reduction (Gynaecomastia)

By Elena Prousskaia MD, FRCS (Plast), FEBOPRAS

One of the fastest growing procedures within the field of cosmetic surgery, male breast reduction helps thousands of men regain a sense of confidence and self-worth.

With forty to sixty per cent of men experiencing breast tissue enlargement as they get older, this common condition can occur due to a wide range of factors including hormonal changes and obesity. Because of this, a full examination and investigation are important first of all to rule out any underlying medical causes.

What is Gynaecomastia?

Gynaecomastia is a common condition that causes men’s breasts to become larger than normal. This can be influenced by hormonal imbalance, obesity, weight loss, intake of certain drugs and can affect one breast or both. This may also be combined with nipple enlargement. The breast tissue can also sometimes become tender and painful.

Gynaecomastia surgery aims to improve the shape and reduce your breast tissue and skin excess.

Male breast Reduction Surgery at the Elena Prousskaia Clinic

With our commitment to the highest health standards, the Elena Prousskaia Clinic has a reputation for superb quality clinical care and experience. We know having aesthetic surgery is a big decision and there is a lot you will want to consider. We are here to give you all the information you need to make the choice that is right for you.

Elena’s reputation, qualifications and experience mean she is one of the most highly sought after plastic and aesthetic surgeons in the UK. Combined with the excellent aftercare of her team, you will be in the best possible hands. During her time at North Bristol Trust, she particularly enjoyed rebuilding patients giving them their body and confidence back. At present, Ms Prousskaia runs her own successful private practice performing full range of plastic and aesthetic surgery for face, body and breast. Elena Prousskaia consults in several clinics around the UK. Please see the ‘Our Locations’ tab in the menu for exact addresses or call us to discuss your closest location.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Does Male Breast Reduction Surgery Entail?

There are a variety of different techniques for the correction of gynaecomastia, including liposuction, excision of the skin and breast tissue, In most of cases combination of excision and liposuction will been performed. The scars will be placed in area of nipple-areola complex. The placement of scars will depend on your preference and the recommendation of your surgeon, Miss Prousskaia. Choosing the right technique is very important and it is a decision which Elena will make with you following a detailed conversation and examination. The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and will take around 1,5-2 hours. The procedure requires a stay in hospital overnight and sometimes drains are inserted to drain excess blood. You will wake up in a supportive garment.

Am I A Candidate For Male breast Reduction?

The possible reasons for you to seek surgery are: • To improve the shape of the breast.
• To correct the excess of volume and skin.
• To correct difference in shape or volume between the two breasts where there is asymmetry.
• As a reconstructive technique in certain situations.

What Is The Recovery Period for Gynaecomastia?

You should avoid all sport activities, housework such as hovering, driving, dog walking for at least 4-6 weeks following surgery and any weight lifting or strenuous activities for up to 3 months following the surgery. The visibility of your scars will depend on the technique used and on the biological response of your body to surgery and healing. Generally the scars after this type of surgery are almost invisible by the end of the year. Patients can benefit from taking four weeks off work Elena will talk you through all the intricacies of the surgery, offering advice on how best to prepare and how to look after yourself during the recovery period. During your gynecomastia surgery recovery period, dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions and an elastic bandage style support garment will be used to minimize swelling and support your new chest contour as it heals after surgery. You will also be given specific medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection.

What Is The Cost For This Procedure?

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Can I Return To The Gym And Sports Following?

After you have seen Ms Prousskaia for your four weeks follow up you can discuss beginning a gym routine focused on lower body strength. You should avoid all very intense sporting activities for at least 3 months.

Can I smoke or vape before my surgery?

Elena does not operate on patients that regularly smoke or vape. To be considered for this procedure you must refrain from smoking or vaping for 3 months before and after your surgery.

Treatment Cost

The total cost of the surgery will be confirmed after the first consultation.

The cost includes the hospital, surgeon and anaesthetic fees. It also covers all post-operative visits. The initial consultation fee will be invoiced separately. The prices apply only at the time of publication and are subject to changes without notification.

Initial Consultation...

£275 location dependent

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Treatment At A Glance

Surgical Time 2 - 3.5 hours
Hospital Stay 1 day
Initial Recovery Time 4 - 8 weeks
Anaesthetic General anaesthetic
Final Result 3 - 12 months
Follow Up 1, 4, 12 weeks & 1 year

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Elena was recommended to me and as soon as I met her I felt entirely comfortable. Her explanations made sense in terms of expectations. Having made the big decision I did feel nervous but had absolute trust and confidence in Elena. I knew I was in the best hands. Elena's team is so supportive, my questions were answered with patience and understanding. My care at the McIndoe Centre was excellent. I am five weeks post op for abdominoplasty and liposuction and last week. Quite amazing to see the before and after pictures! I am so pleased that I was fortunate enough to meet Elena and have no hesitation in recommending her.

SM – Abdominoplasty & Liposuction

I have been both physically and mentally uncomfortable in my body since I was 12. I was born with ‘breast mutation’ and I first had surgery to correct this through the NHS at 16 years old. The surgery I have had with Elena, 17 years later, has removed the NHS implants, one of which had ruptured, and completely altered the shape of my chest. By doing this she has made me look and feel like a woman for the first time in my life. She is at all times quietly kind and fiercely adept. A true artist. She has surrounded herself with the most wonderful team and I cannot thank them all enough for the new lease of life that I have been given.

EG – Removal & Replacement of Implants

I have been self conscious for the whole of my adult life and I cannot express how much this surgery  has changed things for me. Both mentally and physically. I highly recommend Elena. She supported me throughout my journey from start to finish. Elena is very particular which for me is really important. Elena really took care of me from initial consultation right through to surgery and aftercare.My scaring is minimal and I am absolutely over the moon with my results. Thank you Elena!

JB – Breast Reduction

Elena is an OUTSTANDING surgeon. I had PIP implants and was looking to have them changed. I knew Elena was the surgeon to help, she put me at ease and explained my options. The lovely ladies in her office were helpful, I wanted to get sorted asap, when an alternative date was available contacted me straight away. I received outstanding care from start to finish from Elena, her team and the hospital. The aftercare is amazing, nothing is too much trouble, can call any time. I was so relaxed, I knew I was in great hands. The final results are fantastic. Elena has worked magic and I couldn’t be happier. I’m so glad I found her. I can’t thank her and her team enough.

LMS – implant Removal & Replacement

Had surgery with Elena in September, I was extremely anxious about the whole thing, but Elena and her whole team, from admin to the hospital staff were amazing with me and reassured me throughout my journey. I can not recommend Elena enough, and she has changed my life for the better! Already saving for my next operation with her!

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