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Male Breast Reduction Gynaecomastia
Male Breast Reduction Gynaecomastia
Male Breast Reduction Gynaecomastia
Male Breast Reduction Gynaecomastia
Male Breast Reduction Gynaecomastia

Male Breast Reduction (Gynaecomastia)

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Duration Duration
40 mins - 2 hrs
Anaesthesia Anaesthesia
General or local anaesthetic with sedation
Hospital stay Hospital Stay
Day case
Downtime Downtime
3 - 7 days
Results Final Result
6 - 9 months
Suitable for Addresses
Prominent breast tissue or 'Man Boobs' (Moobs)
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This is a surgical procedure to treat Gynaecomastia, the enlargement of the glandular component of the male breast, unfavourably nicknamed ‘man boobs’.

Gynaecomastia is a dual component problem of excessive breast glands and fat tissues that cannot be eradicated through diet and exercise alone. Through using the latest, surgical devices and pioneering his own successful methods, Mr Karidis is one of the UK’s leading surgeons in Gynaecomastia.

"My gynecomastia surgery" - by Dan Yeomans


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What is Gynaecomastia?
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The term gynaecomastia (pronounced guy-neh-co-mastia) is Greek for woman's breast and it was first coined by Galen, a second century AD physician. It is used to describe excess glandular or fatty breast tissue in a man and it comes in a variety of degrees ranging from very mild to significant enlargement accompanied possibly by sagging of the skin.

What does enlargement of breast tissue in a man comprise?
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The breast, whether male or female, is made up of basically two components and is of course covered by the skin. The main internal components are the glandular tissue component (firm, dense and hard) and the fatty tissue component (softer tissue). The ratio of glandular to fatty tissue in any breast varies from individual to individual. Although strictly speaking gynaecomastia refers to enlargement of the glandular component of the breast, in reality for most patients there is an excess of both fat and glandular tissue.

Why does Gynaecomastia happen?
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Although the exact cause of male breast enlargement is not as yet entirely clear, there can be no doubt that it is basically a result of the actions of circulating hormones on specific cells in the breast area. The vast majority of the time the cause is developmental, whilst in a smaller percentage this is linked to the use of certain drugs(i.e. anabolic steroids, Finasteride). Some researchers feel an imbalance in the male to female hormone ratio of the male body(yes, males do have quantities of female hormones circulating in their bodies!) rather than the absolute level of these hormones is significant in the development of this condition. There is also very often a genetic(or hereditary) element in the cause of gynecomastia. Although sometimes this condition appears at birth the principal time it is arises is during puberty as this is the time when increased hormonal activity starts to occur. In fact some studies suggest that as many as 65% of boys in the 14-15 year age group encounter this. Within 2-3 years the incidence drops radically so that the condition affects only about 8% of males of 18 years of age. However the incidence rises again with progressive age reaching an incidence of about 30% in older men. Predictably therefore there are large variations between the degrees of breast enlargement encountered. What's important to remember is that the condition is mainly and largely, a normal finding, although as noted very rarely it can be associated with drugs(marijuana in large quantities) or organ disease. This will be ascertained at the initial consultation.

Can Gynaecomastia disappear on its own?
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This will depend on what the cause is. If the development of your gynecomastia is drug associated then it is possible that upon cessation of the offending drug, the enlargement may subside. In this case, it may however require anywhere from a few months to even a couple of years for it to resolve, if it’s going to resolve. If the cause is developmental, then the chances of a spontaneous resolution will depend on your age. In general the younger you are, the more likely the chance that it will resolve on its own. However, once a patient gets to 16 years or older, then the chances of self-resolution greatly diminish.

Can Gynaecomastia affect my physical health?
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In general, once gynaecomastia has become established, there are no physical repercussions to speak of, although some men report occasional discomfort when the breast is pressed upon. The most commonly reported impact however is usually a psychological one. Thus it is quite usual for men to report feeling very conscious of their condition, stating that it affects what and how they wear their clothes, shirts, t-shirts etc. as well as curtailing their ability to participate in certain activities that require them to be topless e.g. swimming.

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  • Karolina

    SENIOR NURSE PRACTITIONER KAROLINA SAYS...

    "Sleep with your upper body slightly elevated to help quicken any reduction in swelling and bruising."

    Karolina

    SENIOR NURSE PRACTITIONER KAROLINA SAYS...

    Sleep with your upper body slightly elevated to help quicken any reduction in swelling and bruising.

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "A balanced healthy diet, rich in protein will help you heal from surgery - try drinking a fresh green juice every morning"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    A balanced healthy diet, rich in protein will help you heal from surgery - try drinking a fresh green juice every morning

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Write down any questions and take them into your consultation with Mr Karidis – that way you won’t forget anything"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Write down any questions and take them into your consultation with Mr Karidis – that way you won’t forget anything

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Prepare your body for surgery by keeping it soft and supple by moisturising skin twice daily (avoid vitamin E containing products)"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Prepare your body for surgery by keeping it soft and supple by moisturising skin twice daily (avoid vitamin E containing products)

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Always wear sun block (SPF 50+) over surgery scars to stop pigmentation "

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Always wear sun block (SPF 50+) over surgery scars to stop pigmentation

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Stock up on comfy lounge wear for after your surgery – front opening tops are ideal"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Stock up on comfy lounge wear for after your surgery – front opening tops are ideal

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"A seven week recovery journey with a couple of little detours, but navigated with care by Mr Karidis, Suzi & Martina. Explanations, reassurance & advice given from first consultation, day of operation, day one post op. and at all subsequent clinic visits, along with a good dose of friendly chit chat & laughter, (Always a good medicine!). Thank you Mr Karidis & team. No regrets here."

Outstanding in every way This is my second breast augmentation with Mr Karidis - my first experience was amazing as were the results! Second time around and once again my experience was faultless. The whole team are amazing from front of desk and Rose, to the lovely nurses pre and post-op! The after care given, which is also important, is second to none and I cannot recommend Mr Karidis enough. Thank you so much for all you have done for me and giving me back my confidence!

"My entire experience for an abdominoplasty and breast augmentation operation was faultless from a professional and caring team. I cannot recommend Mr Karidis enough from the consultation, in establishing what I wanted, to his skilled work. I am absolutely delighted with the results."

Thank you for working your magic and making me look years younger! Also a big thank you to your team for all their help and support. I love my new face!

"I was very happy with my treatment experience. Mr Karidis , staff and facilities were excellent. I am very pleased with the results and would not hesitate to recommend Mr Karidis and his clinic."

Brilliant consultation... I was very impressed with my consultation with Mr Karidis. Mr Karidis made me feel very comfortable and answered all my questions.

"I am only three days into the recovery of my gynecomastia procedure, and already it has changed my life. I travelled from Cardiff to London to have this procedure and it was by far cheaper than having it done in my local area. Furthermore, Karidis' reputation exceeds expectations. I look forward to my follow up consultation so Karidis can see how he has changed my life. Communication from Karidis and his team - 5 star Professionalism - 5 star Results - 5 star."

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