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Moob Reduction FAQs

top 10 male breast reduction questions answered

If you’ve been unhappy with the appearance of your chest for a while, then you might be considering a male breast reduction procedure, commonly called a moob reduction or sometimes known as gyno surgery after the medical name of the condition: gynaecomastia.

Male breast reduction surgery is rarely discussed but it’s actually one of the most popular male cosmetic surgery procedures. Here we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about moob reduction, but if you have further questions or want to know if you’re suitable, book a consultation today at either our London or Birmingham male cosmetic surgery clinics.

1. What actually are moobs?

Gynaecomastia is a medical condition whereby the male chest area has a breast-like appearance. This can be the result of an over-development of glandular tissue or caused by excess fatty tissue and stretched skin. The latter is often referred to as ‘pseudo-gynaecomastia’. The important thing to realise is that you’re not alone. Gynaecomastia and pseudo-gynaecomastia affect many men, but the good news is that there is a solution.

2. Am I a good candidate for a moob reduction?

If you are physically healthy and have realistic expectations, then you are considered a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery. If you are experiencing pseudo-gynaecomastia, it’s essential you are at or near your ideal weight and are committed to a healthy lifestyle, as your results can be affected by further weight fluctuations. Good skin elasticity is also important, so your skin reshapes to the new contours of your chest.

3. What does a moob reduction entail?

Identifying the type of gynaecomastia is the first step to successful moob reduction. If it is the result of glandular tissue, it is important to address the underlying causes, whether that is due to hormonal imbalance, medical conditions, a reaction to medication or lifestyle issues.

Once this has been addressed, a moob reduction might require a surgical procedure similar to a breast reduction. The glandular tissue is removed and any excess skin is excised.

If the breast-appearance is caused by excess fatty tissue and stretched skin, then our Birmingham male breast reduction surgeon can perform a VASER liposuction procedure to remove the fat and improve the contours of the chest.

4. How long does a male breast reduction procedure take?

Depending on the nature of the procedure, a moob reduction will usually take between one and two hours. It will either be performed under a general or local anaesthetic with sedation, but patients should be able to return home the same day.

5. Will a male breast reduction procedure hurt?

You should experience no pain when undergoing a male breast reduction procedure. Surgical removal of the glandular tissue will be performed under general anaesthetic so will be pain-free and any post-surgery discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter painkillers.

VASER liposuction is performed under local anaesthetic but patients do not experience any pain and any discomfort afterwards is minimal.

6. Are there any risks associated with male chest reduction surgery?

All surgical procedures entail a degree of risk and potential complications, but male chest reduction surgery is relatively straightforward. There will be bruising and swelling for a few weeks, but we recommend a special surgical compression garment to be worn in the immediate healing period for optimal results.

Complications are rare, but can include bleeding, fluid accumulation, infection, loss of sensation and asymmetry. All risks associated with the anaesthetic and type of procedure you’re undergoing will be fully explained during your Birmingham moob reduction consultation.

7. Will I lose any nipple sensation after a male breast reduction?

This is a potential complication, particularly if you’ve undergone a surgical procedure to remove glandular tissue. However, this is usually a temporary change and will correct itself as the body heals.

8. Will there be any scarring after gynae surgery?

If glandular tissue is being removed, our male breast reduction surgery will make incisions around the nipple. These typically heal very well and usually aren’t noticeable once healed. If we are performing VASER liposuction, only small incisions are made through which thin cannulas are inserted to remove the fatty tissue. These tiny incisions should not be visible when healed.

9. When will I see the results of my moob reduction?

You’ll be able to see an immediate improvement in the appearance of your chest, but it can take a few months before the final results will be revealed.

10. How long should my moob reduction results last?

The results of your male chest reduction should be permanent. If the underlying cause of your gynaecomastia has been addressed, then glandular tissue should not return. Any fatty tissue that is removed through VASER liposuction is also permanent, however future weight gain can impact your results, so it’s important you are committed to a healthy diet and exercise regime.

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If you want honest, impartial advice on whether one of our male cosmetic surgery procedures is right for you, get in touch to arrange a consultation today.

about your surgeon

Maisam Fazel is a Consultant who specialises in a wide range of Aesthetic Surgery procedures. He has a unique background in both Plastic and Breast Surgery and is thus also actively involved in Breast Care and Reconstruction.

This experience combined with an unerring aesthetic eye, high level of surgical skill and commitment to patient care, makes him the optimal choice for any man wanting to address any body issues that might be affecting their self-esteem and body confidence.