Gynaecomastia is a common medical condition that causes breasts in males to become larger than normal. It is mostly found in teenage boys and older men. Gynaecomastia can be caused by an imbalance between the sex hormones testosterone and oestrogen. If, for some reason, oestrogen levels in a male rise this can cause a man's breasts to grow. The breast tissue can be tender or painful and can affect one or both breasts. Gynacomastia often results in self consciousness and unhappiness and if so treatment options are available.
Gynacomastia can vary from a small amount of extra breast tissue forming around the nipples to quite prominent breasts and the treatment options therefore also vary depending on the individual. This will be discussed and determined at initial consultation. A simple liposuction procedure could be sufficient if there is predominantly a fatty enlargement of the breast whereas if there is excess glandular tissue this may need to be excised, either as a sole procedure or in conjunction with liposuction.
Gynaecomastia procedures generally take about 90 minutes and are performed under general or local anaesthetic.