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Gynaecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)

Gynaecomastia, or male breast enlargement, is a common condition often present during adolescence due to hormonal change but can be associated with a number of medical conditions or as a side-effect of certain drugs. Appropriate investigations should be carried out initially to exclude any associated underlying  cause.

Gynaecomastia correction (male breast reduction) is used to reduce the volume of fat and breast tissue found in the male pectoral region in this condition. Often an excess of skin will also be present to varying degrees and may require removal during the procedure.

In its mildest form correction can be achieved using liposuction alone through minimal skin incisions. In more significant cases, particularly where there is more glandular tissue present, excision may also be required and this is usually performed through a small incision around the lower half of the nipple-areola. Skin excision if required is accomplished most commonly either by excising a small elipse of skin above the nipple to raise it to a normal position or by removal of a donut-shape of skin around the nipple.

The procedure requires a general anaesthetic and usually a 1 or 2-day hospital stay.