Breast reduction for men

Male breast reduction surgery addresses a condition known as gynecomastia, in which at least one of the male breasts are abnormally big.

Male breast reduction surgery

Male breast reduction surgery addresses a condition known as gynecomastia, in which at least one of the male breasts are abnormally big.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery Bristol

Male breast reduction surgery, available at our Bristol clinic, addresses a condition known as gynecomastia, in which at least one of the male breasts are abnormally big.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is male breast reduction surgery?

Male breast reduction surgery addresses a condition known as gynecomastia, in which at least one of the male breasts are abnormally big.

Male breast reduction surgery can be used for the tightening of the male breasts which have sagged following weight loss. However, it is not normally considered a suitable procedure for men who do not have gynecomastia and simply want to decrease the size of enlarged breasts which are the result of being overweight.

The procedure is undertaken in order to restore a firmer and flatter contour to the chest region and achieves this by the removal of excess fat and/or tissue. Male breast reduction surgery can be used to treat gynecomastia – which is a condition that can be present in males of any age – in both adult and teenage men.

There are several benefits which are offered by male breast reduction surgery. Men can enjoy a new level of confidence in their appearance, and also feel a lot less self-conscious. Male breast reduction surgery can also offer the ability to perform everyday tasks, and exercise, much easier. It is a procedure which is valued for its long-term results – once the excess skin and tissue have been removed, it is gone permanently.

What is gynecomastia and how is it caused?

Gynecomastia is caused by increased oestrogen levels, which result in a hormonal imbalance. This is usually down to genetics or the use of certain medications. The condition sees the breast tissue of boys or men swell due to the hormonal imbalance, and can typically happen when an older man’s body begins to make less testosterone, or during puberty.

Gynecomastia isn’t at all uncommon among older men and adolescent boys. It is thought that over half of men over the age of 50 will experience the condition to some degree.

In many cases the exact cause of gynecomastia is unknown. Among the known possible causes are thyroid problems; obesity – which can produce more oestrogen; a disease or injury which impacts on the testicles’ ability to produce testosterone; a range of medications; kidney or liver disease; and illegal recreational and performance-enhancing drugs.

Is male breast reduction surgery for me?

Male breast reduction surgery can be an option for men of all ages, as well as teenage boys. Typically, there are other treatment options which will be tried before surgery, such as medication including testosterone, clomiphene, danazol, tamoxifen and testosterone replacement.

Should an individual not respond to the treatments listed above, male breast reduction surgery can be considered.

How is male breast reduction surgery performed?

There are two typical forms of male breast reduction surgery: liposuction and tissue excision.

Liposuction is a less invasive technique which requires only a small incision in the chest area – either within the armpit or along the edge of the areola. Liposuction then ‘sucks out’ excess fat and tissue using negative pressure, changing the shape of the breasts and forming a new chest contour which can improve appearance.

Tissue excision is typically able to remove more glandular tissue than is possible with liposuction and addresses the problem of sagging or stretched skin around the breasts. It is a more invasive procedure than liposuction which can typically involve larger incisions in the area around the areola.

What are the risks of male breast reduction surgery?

There is a risk of complications with male breast reduction surgery, as is the case with any form of surgery. These complications include infection, loss of sensation in the areola, haematoma, nerve injury, asymmetrical features and obvious scarring.

Male breast reduction surgery recovery time

An elastic garment can be worn following the procedure – this helps with the tissue’s healing process and minimises swelling. Patients are normally ready to return to work after one week’s rest following surgery, while it may take several more weeks before more strenuous physical activities can be resumed.

Why choose the Breastclinik?

Bristol Breast Clinic is led by surgeon Elena Prousskaia, who is recognised around the world for her award-winning cosmetic surgery work. This patient-centred Clinic offers the advantage of several UK locations – including in London, Bristol and Sussex. Elena employs cutting-edge techniques to give patients the best possible treatment for them, and the Clinic is known for its super standard in aftercare.

For male breast reduction surgery patients who want to benefit from an expert consultancy and empathetic attitude from one of the best cosmetic surgeons in the country, Bristol Breast Clinic is the natural choice.

Male breast reduction surgery cost

The total cost of the surgery will be confirmed after the first consultation.

The cost includes the hospital, surgeon and anaesthetic fees. It also covers all post-operative visits. The initial consultation fee will be invoiced separately. The prices apply only at the time of publication and are subject to changes without notification.

Surgery costs from £5,900
Initial consultation fee £150

Surgery details

Anaesthetic: General

Anaesthetic: General

Follow up: 1,4,12 Weeks and 12 Months

Follow up: 1,4,12 Weeks and 12 Months

Hospital stay: Overnight stay
Hospital stay: Overnight stay
Final result: 3-12 Months

Final result: 3-12 Months

Surgical time: 2-3.5 Hours

Surgical time: 2-3.5 Hours

Recovery time: 4-8 Weeks

Recovery time: 4-8 Weeks

What our patients say

  • What a skilled, talented, honest and kind surgeon! I had hoped for an improvement in the way my breasts looked but instead of an improvement, I got perfection! Any concern and query I have had, both pre- and post- surgery has been dealt with immediately and efficiently. My entire care has been phenomenal! Elena has a fantastic team that all work brilliantly together. I thank the lucky stars I landed in her hands!

    Patient at Ridgeway BMI Swindon
  • I can't recommend Elena enough. Elena was wonderful from the beginning completely understanding made me feel so comfortable she understood what it was I wanted to be done and why. Not long after my consultation, I had the surgery done a full tummy tuck, breast augmentation and some lipo and it was truly the best thing I have ever done. Elena has done an amazing job I only ever dreamed I could look like this after looking the way I did. Elena has been wonderful throughout the care before, during and after

    Patient at Queen Victoria Hospital
  • My first meeting with Miss Prousskaia was great. The process from start to finish was made simple & everything was arranged to suit me. If I had any concerns, worries or questions all I had to do was send an email to Miss Prousskaia & she would get back to me even if she was in surgery at the time. Miss Prousskaia has changed not only my body for the better but my life too & also my kids lives. Miss Prousskaia for me has made my dreams a reality. I will always be grateful for her work but also her care & understanding, she is a very talented & special lady.

    Patient at The Bristol Nuffield Hospital at Chesterfield
  • What a sweetie Elena is. She put me totally at ease during my consultation explaining everything in detail and discussed my expectations. The results are far better than I could have hoped for. I have a waist for the first time and I cannot stop smiling. It's given me so much confidence, I wish I'd done it sooner. Elena is a remarkable lady, who I cannot thank enough.

    Patient at The Mcindoe Centre
  • My daughter was born with a severe congenital deformity called tuberous breasts. Elena is so professional, warm and friendly. She took her time and explained exactly how she could correct her breasts. The surgery has been so successful, my daughter's breasts are absolutely perfect and natural looking. The scarring resulting from surgery is so minimal, smooth and neat, we are astounded and Elena is also so pleased. My daughter's personality has completely transformed. She is now so happy, vivacious and confident. I cannot praise or recommend Elena enough.

    Carer at BMI Bath Clinic
  • Elena has performed breast reconstruction on me following cancer. She is the most conscientious and skilled Dr I have met. She is direct and ensures you understand everything. Following her brilliant surgery, she is dedicated to your aftercare to the level I have never seen before. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She has made me feel me again.

    Patient at Queen Victoria Hospital
  • First, l would like to thank Elena, it was a pleasure to meet her she is so kind and understanding, After years of being so uncomfortable and having constant pain in my shoulders from having large breast. In October of this year, I had a breast reduction and uplift surgery. The difference it has made is amazing I didn’t realise it could make such a difference I now have more confidence in social situations which pre-surgery I would avoid. The pain in my shoulders has gone and I feel great. I would also like to empathise that there is no pain after surgery just a little discomfort. I would recommend Elena to anyone thinking of having surgery. She’s the best . Thank you once’s again.

    Patient at Bristol Spire
  • From start to to finish my experience has been first class. I have Poland Syndrome and wanted my chest reduced. Elena is a truly amazing surgeon, and has a great team. Elena is fantastic, so understanding and caring, she has a real passion for her work, always wanting the best for you. I can honestly say if you are looking for a top surgeon go meet her, you won’t be disappointed. I believe she has a remarkable talent and I was so lucky to find her.

    Male Patient Spire Bristol
  • Firstly, I would like to say that I would highly recommend Elena to anyone considering a breast augmentation. Elena was the second plastic surgeon I had a consultation with for a breast enlargement operation, recommended to me by a friend who had recently undergone surgery with her and from the moment I picked up the phone to book my first consultation with her the whole process was flawless. I had quite a difficult case with very little under boob but Elena managed to work her magic and gave me the size and look that I have always wanted even with this tricky starting point. I wish I had done this sooner, the difference is truly life changing

    Patient Bath BMI Hospital
  • Ever since I became a teenager and developed breasts, I have always considered a breast augmentation. I had researched the procedure, surgeons and practices for over 20 years but it wasn't until last year that I felt confident enough to go ahead. Elena was the first (and only) surgeon that I had a consultation with. I was blown away with her extensive experience & dedication to helping people.   I am now 2 months on from my procedure and the end results are unbelievable! I don't think I really prepared myself for how fantastic my boobs could look! I feel sexy, confident and I am just so ridiculous happy with my new breasts. I am now just awaiting summer to show them off!  

    Patient at Bristol Spire

Male breast before & after gallery