Male Breast Reduction - Gynecomastia

Male Breast Reduction - Gynecomastia

Men all over the world suffer from excess breast tissue as a result of lifestyle choices and a condition called gynecomastia. This condition affects both young and old men. Enlarged breasts can cause embarrassment and self-confidence issues. Our surgeons specialise in correcting gynecomastia and creating masculine, sculpted chests. 


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Male Chest Reduction Details

  • Surgery: 90 minutes
  • Sleep sedation or general anaesthesia
  • Incision: 2 cm
  • No overnight stay required
  • Recovery: 1 week
  • Special chest bandage

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What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a condition that causes an excess or enlargement of breast tissue in men and boys. Gynecomastia can affect 1 or both of the breasts. Some men will develop unsymmetrical breasts when the condition presents itself. Uneven tissue distribution can cause even more embarrassment for men who suffer from gynecomastia. 

This condition can present in a couple of different ways. Some men who experience gynecomastia will have full breasts. Others will only have small pockets of excess breast tissue around their nipples. No matter how gynecomastia presents, it can cause embarrassment and self-consciousness.

Men of all ages can develop gynecomastia. 

What are the causes of gynecomastia?

There are lots of different reasons why our patients seek male breast reduction surgery. The most common is a condition called gynecomastia, which is a result of a hormone imbalance between estrogen and testosterone. Gynecomastia occurs when men experience high levels of estrogen. This hormone controls what are considered to be female traits. 

Obesity is a leading cause of gynecomastia. When men carry excess weight, the amount of estrogen in their bodies increases. Excess weight can also have the appearance of gynecomastia. In some cases, men can reduce the size of their breasts with exercise and lifestyle changes. 

Gynaecomastia can present temporarily in newborn babies. Estrogen travels from the mother to the baby through the placenta. The baby will be born with enlarged breasts. In this instance, the baby’s breasts will return to their normal size within a few weeks. 

Age is a large factor in the development of gynecomastia. Lots of men experience a degree of this condition during puberty when their hormone levels are constantly changing. In old age, men produce less testosterone and have on average more body fat. Older men produce more estrogen, which causes an increase in breast tissue. 

Here are some of the other, less common causes of gynecomastia. 

  • Health conditions like liver disease and kidney failure
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Illegal drugs such as performance-enhancing steroids
  • Medicine side effects

Does Gynecomastia Go Away?

In some cases, gynecomastia will go away without male breast reduction surgery. Surgical intervention is not always the answer to excess breast tissue. Half of all teenage boys experience some degree of gynecomastia during puberty. Signs of this condition such as enlarged or swollen breasts will disappear within a few months or years. 

Obese patients can also reduce the likelihood of needing male breast reduction surgery by reducing their calorie intake and developing healthier lifestyle habits. Gynaecomastia is a result of increased estrogen production in most men. Weight loss can regulate hormones and reduce enlarged breasts. 

Gynecomastia usually lasts for 6 months to 2 years. This condition causes discomfort and embarrassment for men all over the world. There is no guarantee that gynecomastia is a temporary condition. Some men do not seek treatment because they think that their enlarged breasts will correct themselves, and are disappointed when their excess breast tissue does not disappear. If excess breast tissue is creating a barrier in your life, you should consider male breast reduction surgery.

Who is a Suitable Candidate for Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

There are very few barriers to who is eligible for gynecomastia surgery. Gynecomastia surgery is quick, efficient, and safe. We only ask that patients keep themselves in good physical health before and after the surgery. People who are in good health experience a smoother recovery period and a better postoperative result. 

At Wellness Kliniek, we understand how important gynecomastia surgery is for men who suffer from the condition. Excess breast tissue can be debilitating. Lots of our patients report feeling ashamed about their enlarged breasts. Men who have enlarged breasts are often the subject of bullying and harassment. We accept candidates whose self-esteem will improve after the surgery.

Male Breast Reduction - Gynecomastia Surgery

Our surgeons specialise in performing male reduction surgery. This type of surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that you can be in and out of our clinic on the same day. 

At Wellness Kliniek, we pride ourselves on tailoring each surgery to the individual. There are a few different ways that our surgeons can remove excess breast tissue. They will take a different approach for patients with severe gynecomastia and mild gynecomastia. 

First, our expert anesthesiologists will administer intravenous sedation to ensure that you do not feel any pain during the surgery. Once you are under sedation, your surgeon will cut around your areola. They will then remove excess tissue with a scalpel or with liposuction techniques. The technique or surgeons use depends on the amount of excess tissue you suffer from. 

Your surgeon will stitch your areola back to the surrounding breast.

What to Expect from Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery?

We cannot overstate the importance of gynecomastia surgery recovery. If you do not take the correct precautions after surgery you will not see the long-lasting results you desire. Our medical team will give you a full breakdown of the precautions you should take in the weeks and months after surgery.

You can expect to experience soreness and pain after surgery. Household painkillers like paracetamol can help you feel more comfortable during your recovery period. We warn against lifting heavy objects or undertaking strenuous manual labour for at least 3 weeks after surgery. 

Within 6 weeks, you will be able to resume your normal day-to-day activities. The recovery period for this surgery is relatively short. Our patients report feeling more confident than ever after having male breast reduction surgery. Most of your scars will fade away over time. 

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Top Surgeons

Our team of aesthetic surgeons are amongst the most experienced and qualified in their field. They will make sure that you are well-informed, offered honest advice, assured, comfortable and safe during every stage of your procedure. 

State of the Art Facility

Located in the heart of Genk, Wellness Kliniek is a state of the art aesthetic clinic with private operating facilities specialising in aesthetic treatments and surgery.  The Wellness Kliniek operates to the highest standards with highly qualified doctors, surgeons and dentists and skilled nursing staff. 

Easy to book & plan

At the Wellness Kliniek you can book all your appointments, consultations, treatments and operations online. This means you can choose the date that suits you best. The steps are easy to follow and the Intelligent Wizard ensures you are assigned the doctor-specialist with the most expertise related to your treatment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any scarring after surgery?
Luckily, with most gynecomastia surgeries, there is minimal scarring just around the areola— that way no one ever has to know that you had the surgery in the first place. Gynecomastia surgery is a safe, easy, and effective way to help men get rid of excess breast tissue.

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