Questions about gynaecomastia

Frequently asked questions about gynaecomastia

In 2019, according to figures published by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in its annual report, male breast reduction for the treatment of gynaecomastia was the second most common male aesthetic surgery behind liposuction.

More men are seeking moob reduction surgery now than nose surgery and eyelid surgery, and this is unsurprising given that 30% of men are affected by gynaecomastia.

If you are considering a male breast reduction, get answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about gynaecomastia here.

What is gyno or male breast reduction?

Gynaecomastia (Gyno) surgery is the removal of excess breast tissue in a man. It is a simple procedure that lasts around 2 hours and is known to be highly effective. Unlike fat removal, which could be combatted with exercise and diet, surgery is the only option when dealing with excess tissue.

What causes gynaecomastia?

When there is an imbalance of the body’s hormones in men, specifically low levels of testosterone, this can lead to gynaecomastia. Low testosterone and gynaecomastia are common among men, especially as they age. This can affect teenagers during puberty, as well as men aged over 50, when testosterone production decreases.

Certain drugs, such as steroids can also damage your body’s ability to produce testosterone, or it could be linked to genetics. Whatever the cause, a consultation with a Gynaecomastia Specialist is the best first step to ensure that there are no underlying health conditions to consider.

Am I suitable for gynaecomastia surgery?

Most patients are suitable for gynaecomastia surgery, but good candidates are healthy with no major health problems. The first step is a detailed consultation with a Gynaecomastia Specialist. During the consultation, you will discuss your own case, the best options for you to achieve your goals and which approach would be most beneficial to you.

How long does gynaecomastia surgery take?

Gynaecomastia surgery generally takes between one to two hours, depending on the complexity of the planned surgery. The procedure is usually performed as a day-case operation either under local anaesthetic with sedation or under a general anaesthetic.

When will I see the results of my surgery?

You should see the results of your gynaecomastia surgery straight away, although there will still be swelling for a few weeks. It is important to avoid strenuous exercise during this time. The earliest time to fully assess the results is at three months, although improvements can continue up to a year after the procedure.

If you have gynaecomastia and are thinking of male breast reduction surgery, contact the Masculum Clinic and book a consultation with a Gynaecomastia specialist.