Gynaecomastia (aka Moobs or Man Boobs)
Who is a good candidate for this surgery?
Men with abnormal breast development who are not significantly overweight.
What can this surgery do for me?
Depending on the degree of breast development the surgery can significantly reduce the breast mound turning a rather female shape into a more masculine one.
How is the surgery done?
The surgery depends on the degree of breast development. Mild to moderate breast enlargement in men is best treated by ultrasonic liposuction. This involves the insertion of an ultrasound assisted liposuction cannula through two or three small incisions under the nipple and to each side of the breast mound. The ultrasonic waves help to break up the underlying fat causing the breast development and the liquidised fat is suctioned out through a thin cannula and permanently removed.
Large degrees of breast development cause a significant of excess of skin and in these cases sometimes additional skin excision may be necessary causing longer and more visible scars.
What kind of anaesthetic do I need?
Minor degrees of breast enlargement can be treated by liposuction under local anaesthetic but large degrees of breast development require a general anaesthetic for comfort.
How long am I in hospital?
The operation is usually performed as a daycase and you are free to return home after recovering from the anaesthetic.
How quickly will I recover from my surgery?
All liposuction procedures cause swelling and bruising and tenderness after surgery. This can last two or three weeks after the surgery and lead to some soreness. It is necessary to wear some form of tight compressive garment over the treated area, usually an elasticated vest and most people find it necessary to take at least a week before returning to work.
What are the potential problems with this surgery?
Liposuction causes small scars which rapidly settle and are almost invisible. For larger breast mounds the scars from excision of skin can be very noticeable and unsightly on the chest and this is a significant risk. Liposuction may leave residual swelling in the breast mound which takes up to six months to settle. Liposuction can cause irregularity in the skin contour and it is not unusual to need a subsequent operation to give the best symmetry and completely reduce a large breast mound.
Further periods of weight gain in ones life may of course lead to further deposition of fat in the area although once fat has been permanently removed it is less likely for fatty deposits to occur in a specific area.
How much will an operation cost me?
Please contact our experienced team of medical secretaries and they will be able to advise you of costs at your chosen hospital. (Spire Norwich Hospital, Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital or BMI The Sandringham Hospital, King's Lynn).