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Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)

Look masculine and feel confident again with a simple operation.

- It is performed under general anaesthesia or sedation.
- The operation takes 30 to 60 minutes on average.
- Patients can go home the same day.


Who can benefit from male breast reduction (gynecomastia)?

Enlargement and fat deposits in the breast tissue can sometimes be seen in men. This is mainly due to hormonal reasons and very rarely due to tumoral reasons and as a side effect of certain drugs. In some cases, male breasts grow without any evident reason. Sometimes male breasts can take on the appearance of female breasts. This visual change can negatively affect young, athletic men both psychologically as well as physically, damaging self-esteem – especially if such changes take place during adolescence. We often come across this situation in young people due to hormone enriched foods and as a result of environmental factors, and not due as a result of being overweight, poor nutrition or lack of exercise. There is no medical treatment for enlargement in breast tissue, although the gynecomastia solution is quite a simple operation.

How is male breast reduction (gynecomastia) surgery performed?

Gynecomastia surgery is performed to reduce the size of growing and fattening breasts in men. It can be done in 2 different ways, depending on the condition of the patient. If the reason for enlarging breasts is due to the localised fat tissue, the problem is solved with liposuction. However, if the problem is due to excessive breast glands, excess breast tissue must be surgically removed.

How long does a male breast reduction (gynecomastia) surgery last?

Male breast reduction (gynecomastia) surgery is performed under sedation or general anaesthesia and lasts half an hour to 1 hour on average.

What are the advantages of male breast reduction (gynecomastia) surgery?

The most important advantage of male breast reduction (gynecomastia) surgery is to surgically correct a situation that can be very distressing to the patient. This simple operation can be carried out quickly and the patient can return to normal, everyday life with a renewed confidence.

Are there any scars left after male breast reduction (gynecomastia) surgery?

Since male breast reduction (gynecomastia) surgery is often performed by using the liposuction method and using fine cannulas, no obvious scars are left afterwards.

When can the patient go back to normal life after a male breast reduction (gynecomastia) surgery?

The patient can return home the same day after a male breast reduction (gynecomastia) surgery. The early post-operative period is usually quite comfortable. In the first few days, a pain similar to the pain felt after heavy exercise can be felt. Slight swelling and bruising can also be expected. These symptoms disappear in a short period of time.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum age for male breast reduction (gynecomastia) surgeries?

We generally recommend waiting until 18 years of age for a gynecomastia surgery. Sometimes growing breast tissue that forms due to the hormonal fluctuations in the  puberty period will regulate within a few years and growth in the breasts can pass accordingly.

What should be considered before undertakinkg male breast reduction (gynecomastia) surgery?

As with all surgical procedures generally, patients should avoid taking blood thinners, limit drinking alcohol and smoking as much as possible and ideally, stop all together in the last couple of days before the surgery.

What factors should be considered after a male breast reduction (gynecomastia) surgery?

When gynecomastia surgery is carried out using the liposuction method, a compression garment which surrounds the chest area will need to be worn for 2 to 3 weeks. In the first days after the operation, bruising and swelling due to oedema can be experienced in the chest area, which will disappear within a few weeks. Within about 3 weeks, the full result should be evident. The exact and final results will be visible in 3 to 6 months.

Are the results of male breast reduction surgery (gynecomastia) permanent?

The results of male breast reductionsurgery (gynecomastia) is permanent and since all the excess fat tissue is discharged, re-surgery is not generally necessary unless the patient gains excess weight. 


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