Gynaecomastia comes from the Greek meaning 'female-like-breasts'. This medical condition occurs when firm breast tissue forms in men. It is often referred to as 'man boobs' or 'moobs'. Male Breast Reduction refers to a number of techniques used in cosmetic surgery to remove excess fat, skin and tissue present in the enlarged male breast, which includes the use of liposuction.
It is important to distinguish between real gynaecomastia and pseudo- or false- gynaecomastia. In real gynaecomastia the enlarged male breast actually contains breast tissue. This is unaltered by vigorous exercise or weight loss, and it cannot be reduced other than by surgery. In pseudo- or false- gynaecomastia on the other hand, the enlarged male breast contains no breast tissue but is simply a fatty enlargement, which often arises in very overweight or obese men and does reduce when there is an overall weight loss.
Male breast reduction surgery is usually performed under local anaesthetic combined with a sedative to make you drowsy so that you remain awake but feel very little discomfort during the operation. Private costs for a male breast reduction can range from approximately £3,000 to £5,000.
Video explaining the options for the correction of male breast tissue abnormalities including liposuction and breast reduction surgery.
This video discusses some of the causes of excess breast tissue in men, known as gynaecomastia
This video outlines the procedure and post-surgery recommendations following male breast reduction procedures.