Male Gynaecomastia

Male gynaecomastia is the medical term for the development of one or two breasts in a male. It is a common condition that can be embarrassing to the individual, but it is very rare that the tissue is malignant. Though certain drugs, obesity and medical problems have been linked with male breast overdevelopment, there is no known cause in the vast majority of cases.


The male breast is made up of a combination of fatty and glandular tissue. Fatty tissue is removed by liposuction and excess glandular tissue is excised. The wound is then closed with fine dissolving stitches. Initially a scar is visible around the areola which usually heals very well.

If a lot of tissue has been removed, excess skin on the chest wall may also be removed in order to restore the appearance of a flat chest.


The surgery is performed with the patient under general anaesthetic, often in day surgery, occasionally with an overnight stay. Time off work to recover is usually 1-2 weeks. Vigorous exercise can be resumed after 6 weeks.

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