Gynecomastia or the appearance of man boobs is a very common, highly distressing condition that is thought to affect over 30% of adult males in the UK. The true number of sufferers may be much higher as many men are either too embarrassed to seek help or are unaware that there are treatment options out there.
In the most recent figures released by one of the UK’s leading cosmetic surgery associations, chest reduction was up 158% and liposuction was up 150% on the previous year’s figures, as more and more men realise that there is a solution.
Surgical male breast reduction, liposuction or a combination of these two procedures are highly effective treatment options and the ideal procedure depends on the underlying cause and the severity of the condition.
What has caused my gynecomastia?
All men have a small amount of breast tissue behind their nipples and true gynecomastia is a medical term for the enlargement of this glandular tissue. It is caused by an imbalance in testosterone and oestrogen levels, and genetics, age and hormonal fluctuations can all factor. Certain prescribed medications, anabolic steroids and underlying medical conditions can also stimulate overdevelopment of breast tissue in the male chest.
What is pseudogynecomastia?
Pseudogynecomastia, also known as false gynecomastia, results from excess fatty tissue on the chest wall that mimics the appearance of the female breast. A healthy diet and targeted exercise routine can sometimes help but often these stubborn fatty deposits remain, and the skin can often become stretched.
What is the most effective treatment for gynecomastia?
The first step is a comprehensive, unhurried consultation in which Mr Michael Mouzakis will carefully assess you physically to determine the underlying cause.
If there is an excess of glandular breast tissue, a surgical excision like a female breast reduction or mastopexy may be required. Overly stretched skin with poor elasticity may need to be removed surgically also.
Psuedogynecomastia responds very well to liposuction. Small incisions are made where they will be unnoticeable when fully healed. A thin cannula is then inserted to remove the excess fat and sculpt the chest contours.
Mr Michael Mouzakis offers traditional liposuction for gynecomastia, MicroLipo and Vaser Lipo. At your consultation he will also advise you on which approach is best suited to achieve the outcome you’re hoping for.