Male chest surgery
An overdeveloped or enlarged chest can be the result of losing weight or ageing. This can cause either extra tissue around the nipples or create prominent male breasts. Male chest reduction surgery can remove this excess fat and sagging skin to give you a body you feel more confident about.
Our solution to gynaecomastia
There is currently no known cause of gynaecomastia – the condition used to describe an enlarged male chest. However, at Transform we do have the ability to treat it. As with all our surgical procedures, you will first need to have an appointment with one of our patient care co-ordinators to discuss your issues and and talk you through the process so you know what to expect at every stage. We’ll then arrange a free consultation with one of our chest reduction surgeons. They’ll go through the type of surgery you will need and the results you can expect to achieve. See our step-by-step guide that details each stage of the process from pre-op to aftercare.
The techniques we use
Male chest reduction surgery for gynaecomastia uses liposuction to remove excess fat. Depending on the result you are wanting to achieve, it may also involve the removal of glandular tissue and loose skin.
We have three classifications of chest reduction surgery. All three types are performed by our own experienced cosmetic surgeons at a registered hospital. After surgery you may be required to stay for a night so you will be asked to bring a overnight bag.
Grade 1 – small to moderate gland removal.
Grade 2 – moderate to large combination of gland and skin removal.
Grade 3 – large plus combination of skin, glandular and fatty breast tissue removal.
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At your appointment with one of our Patient Care Co-ordinators, you'll be able to view a selection of before and after photographs of our previous patients.
Side effects, risks and complications
All male chest removal surgery is performed by our experienced surgeons and under anaesthetic. However, as with any surgical procedure there is a rare risk of complications. We’ll explain these clearly before you book your male chest reduction surgery, and you’ll find full details in our gynaecomastia surgery patient guide which your patient care co-ordinator will give you at your first appointment.
You’ll feel sore or uncomfortable for several days after male chest reduction surgery. Don’t worry though as we will prescribe you some pain killers. In some cases, pain may persist for some weeks after surgery. It’s extremely rare though for patients to experience extreme pain. There will also be noticeable swelling and bruising for a number of weeks. You might wish to take a few days off work in the early stages of healing.
We’ll give you clear, practical instructions on how to look after your chest area and a 24/7 patient helpline number to call if you’ve any worries. We’ll also ask you to make one or more follow-up appointments to monitor the progress of your recovery. This is just part of our 3-year full aftercare programme.
If you think male chest reduction surgery could benefit you, book an appointment now with one of our patient care co-ordinators who can talk you through the process. You will then be invited to a free consultation with a surgeon to discuss the results you would like to achieve.
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Who Suffers from Gynaecomastia?
Any male, of any age can suffer from Gynaecomastia, but is more commonly found in newborns and teenagers, but can also be found in older men. When babies are first born, they have high amounts of estrogen because of the mother. Male babies often form small breast buds that normally disappear within the first 6 months of life. On the opposite end, teenage boys can develop Gynaecomastia because they do not have enough testosterone in their body while going through puberty. When a male first enters puberty it is typical for him to develop breast buds, but in about half of males, the breast buds disappear in the first years, and the rest of the males typically lose the over development after two years. Gynaecomastia is a common and a natural condition for newborn and teenager boys that should not be alarming and in time will cease to exist.
However, Gynaecomastia in older men is a different story and is typically caused by another condition. Most times breasts in men form when they have certain types of cancer; these include testicular cancer, cancer of the pituitary or adrenal glands, lung cancer, and liver cancer or cirrhosis. Men with hormonal imbalances oftentimes also suffer from Gynaecomastia, and include men suffering from an overactive thyroid. These conditions change the testosterone level, and begin the forming of the breasts. Most time Gynaecomastia can be resolved when the underlying condition is treated.
Gynaecomastia – Risk Factors
Other factors can increase the chance of Gynaecomastia. It is common to find men who use certain narcotics with overdeveloped breasts. These drugs include methamphetamines, heroin, and marijuana, and alcohol can even play a role in Gynaecomastia. Medication can also cause unwanted breasts in men, but generally speaking, if the medication is stopped the breasts begin to disappear. Chemotherapy, heart, ulcers, and depression medications often cause Gynaecomastia, but many other medications can be responsible for the changes in a man’s appearance. Steroids are also responsible for the over development of breasts in males, and oftentimes an extended use of it causes permanent breasts.
In most cases Gynaecomastia is just other part of a male development and will go away on its own overtime. When babies or teenagers begin overdeveloping breasts, there is nothing to be concerned about, but if older men begin growing breasts it may be time to see doctor. Several serious medical conditions could be the underlying cause and should be treated immediately. Drugs and narcotics also can cause Gynaecomastia to develop, and you may need to stop taking or using them before the condition will go away.
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