male breast reduction

Gynecomastia is a medical term that refers to male breast enlargement. It is caused by either glandular tissue or fat tissue enlargement.

Male breast enlargement is mainly a hereditary problem experienced by about 30% of older men. In rare cases it can also be affected by environmental causes such as:

  • medicines (e.g for high blood pressure, heart disease, prostate cancer)
  • drug abuse (incl. anabolic steroids)
  • some diseases (liver failure, cancer)

The procedure at Christinas Clinic

During the procedure either glandular tissue or fat tissue is removed from the breast, depending on the cause of gynecomastia. In case of major breast enlargement, skin removal may be needed.

1) Liposuction

If gynecomastia has been caused by excessive fat tissue, liposuction gives the best results. 5 mm incisions are made in the chest. A cannula is inserted to first loosen and then remove localized fat deposits. The wounds are finally closed with absorbable sutures and will remain unnoticeable.

2) Glandular tissue removal

If gynecomastia has been caused by excessive glandular tissue, it will be surgically removed. The half-moon shaped incision is then made following the bottom line of the  areola. At times excess skin also needs to be removed. In this case a circular incision is made around the areolas.

These two techniques are frequently used simultaneously to achieve the best possible results. In more serious cases, breast removal  may need to be considered.