Male Chest Surgery

Male chest surgery typically involves removal of excess chest tissue. Through surgery, issues with over-developed breast tissue, termed gynaecomastia, typically caused by hormonal imbalance, can be addressed.

There are a variety of procedures which can be performed, depending on the volume of tissue to be removed and how much skin tightening is required. In some cases, the nipples may also be repositioned. The result offers a flatter, firmer chest and more masculine physique.

In the initial consultation, we will discuss your concerns, your lifestyle and the changes that you would like to see. I will use relevant examples to explain the procedure, side effects and scarring, to manage your expectations.

Overview of Gynecomastia Operation and Recovery Period

1-2 hours under General Anaesthetic


All Gynecomastia surgery patients will stay in hospital overnight in order that we can monitor initial recovery.

Follow up appointments


We will check recovery and remove the dressing 1-2 weeks after surgery.

Further follow up appointments will be scheduled for the next 6 months.

7-10 days


It is likely that you will still have slight bruising and swelling at this stage and you will be asked to wear a support garment under clothing during this period.

6 weeks


It is important to minimise the risk of damage whilst it is healing, but you can generally reintroduce physical activity after 6 weeks of recovery.

Risk Factors of Male Chest Surgery

A key outcome of our consultation is that I understand your expectations and you understand the risks.

Our consultation will establish the aims of your surgery: what it can and what it can’t achieve.

We will then discuss what will happen before, during and after your operation, what you will experience and the impact on your daily life during the recovery period.

I will describe the effects of surgery including some of the unavoidable consequences, such as the scar and areas which may become numb. I will illustrate these with photos and provide written information.

I will explain the risks of surgery such as bleeding, infection and wound healing problems and how to mitigate against them. I will also advise you about the risks from the anaesthetic such as a DVT (venous blood clot in the legs) and how we reduce these risks.

The consultation is a bespoke interaction between us to help you reach a considered and informed decision.

Please complete our enquiry form to arrange an initial, no-obligation consultation.
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Gallery of Cases –¬†Gynaecomastia – Male Chest Surgery

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Photo showing before and after reduction of chest tissue. No skin was removed and the scar is under the nipple.

Photo showing before and one year after male chest reduction. Skin as well as chest tissue were removed to improve the contour. This gives a good contour but does result in a scar.