Expertise with discretion and compassion

Gynaecomastia is the enlargement of the glandular component of the male breast. If you suffer from this, we can transform your life through male chest reduction surgery.

Your gynaecomastia surgery (male breast reduction) at our London clinic

We understand that having gynaecomastia can affect your life in many ways, for example the clothes you choose to wear, your confidence when playing sports or choosing where and when to go on holiday. ‘Man boobs’ can be said in jest, but the embarrassment can run deep. That’s why we combine our expertise in gynaecomastia (the best-known gynaecomastia surgeons in London) with the utmost discretion and compassion, which will put you at ease immediately. 

The benefits of gynaecomastia surgery at the Karidis Clinic

✔ Exceptional consultancy and aftercare

✔ The very best results possible

✔ A quick procedure and recovery

✔ A more masculine figure

✔ Alleviation of related back pain

✔ Improved confidence and self-esteem

✔ The incentive to maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight

✔ Multiple procedures at once due to our team’s combined expertise

We can help you: call us for a chat on 0207 432 8727 and we’ll arrange a consultation for you.

You deserve the best: your award-winning surgeons

When choosing the team for your male chest reduction surgery, you’ll want the best. At Karidis Clinic, you benefit from the expertise and experience of cutting-edge surgeons who are always looking for ways to improve your experience. We’re immensely proud that our innovative gynaecomastia stitching technique has helped so many and won the prestigious Hackett Memorial Prize awarded by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).

Read more about Mr Karidis here.

The quilting technique for your male breast reduction was inspired by a facelift technique. The idea is to quilt your skin down. Before we developed this technique, the surgeon would remove tissue from underneath the skin, leaving a space between the skin and muscle. As a result, patients could be left with broken blood vessels that could leak into the space, filling and causing a haematoma (swelling and discolouration — all when you are seeking surgery for a flat chest!).

Using our cutting-edge quilting technique, your surgeon will stitch your skin to your muscle to close the empty space. This also helps guide your skin where you want it to heal, nudging it into place and not leaving anything to chance.

Karidis offer you expert cosmetic surgery and aftercare in London, from some of the best, most highly skilled medical professionals. Our gynecomastia before and after images are provided to inspire you, highlighting our exceptional results.

Quick Reference

Surgery Time

45 Minutes

Anaesthesia Used


Hospital Stay

Day Case

Pre Admission Test

Blood tests +/- ECG

Up and About

Same Day


24 hrs


1 week


2-3 weeks

Time off Work

5-7 days

Our Gynecomastia Surgery Reviews

Your Gynecomastia Recovery Guide

Karidis Clinic Gynecomastia Surgery Guide

You know what you want the end result to be, but you’ll also want to know how those results are achieved. It helps to know what to expect. As we understand that you have a busy life, we’ve made this info easy for you to access.

The Karidis Clinic guide to your gynecomastia recovery includes your expected timeline, those burning questions you want to know the answer to, and tips from Stevie, your highly experienced surgical nurse.

Your questions answered about gynaecomastia (male breast reduction)

Do you diet and exercise but still find that you have male breasts? You might have gynaecomastia. The term gynaecomastia – pronounced guy-nee-co-mastia – comes from the Greek meaning for ‘woman’s breast’ and refers to the development of excess glandular or fatty breast tissue in men.

Men and women’s breasts are made from two components – glandular tissue and fatty tissue. The ratio of glandular to fatty tissue varies from individual to individual. While the term gynaecomastia strictly refers to the enlargement of the glandular part of the breast, most patients have an excess of both fatty and glandular tissue. The severity of the condition will vary for each individual, ranging from very mild symptoms to significant enlargement of the male breast, accompanied by sagging of the skin.

The condition can affect one or both of your breasts, sometimes unevenly. Diet and exercise alone cannot resolve the condition, as the breast glands and fat tissues must be surgically reduced.

Although there’s no definitive cause of gynaecomastia, the condition is thought to be the result of hormones circulating in specific cells in your breast area. This means that symptoms of the condition are generally apparent after puberty, although the condition may be visible at birth.

An imbalance of the ratio of male and female hormones in the body is also thought to contribute to the development of gynaecomastia. While in the majority of cases, the cause of gynaecomastia is developmental, in some instances the condition is linked to the use of substances such as anabolic steroids or marijuana.

It’s common for gynaecomastia to be genetic or hereditary, or as a result of organ disease.

You’ll start to see results around four to six weeks after your breast reduction surgery and the results will continue to show as the weeks go by. This is because post-surgery swelling can last for four months or more, so the swelling will be gradually going down.

You’ll have scars after gynecomastia surgery, but your surgeon will use their expertise to ensure that they’re minimal. Usually, the incisions are made around your nipples. The size of the incision and scar will depend on the amount of chest tissue you are having removed and if liposuction is needed.

The main symptoms of gynaecomastia are:

  • Swollen or prominent breast gland tissue
  • Tenderness in your breast area

You may also experience symptoms including:

  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Nipple discharge in one or both of your breasts

Your gynaecomastia will be treated with a specialist surgical procedure. Removing excess glandular and fatty tissue from your breast results in a flatter, more masculine appearance to the chest area.

A very small incision measuring 3-4 mm is made under each arm, into which a cannula is inserted to draw away any fatty deposits in the area. A smooth, thin layer of fat is left under your skin to ensure there is no rippling or irregularities in the area.

Next, a small, crescent-shaped incision is made at the base of the areola, through which any excess glandular tissue is removed. Both incisions are left open to drain and should heal within a few days after surgery.

Your suitability for gynaecomastia surgery will be determined during your consultation with your surgeon.

The quality of your skin is a primary factor in determining if you are suitable for gynaecomastia surgery. In order to achieve the best result from the procedure, you should have good skin elasticity. You should be within 10% of your ideal body weight. In most cases, your skin is able to shrink and accommodate the new body contour after liposuction and gland removal.

Sometimes patients with decreased skin elasticity may find they have loose, hanging skin in the affected area. In these cases, liposuction alone will not produce the desired result and may require some form of skin reduction, often in combination with liposuction.

Gynaecomastia surgery requires the skills of a surgeon, the hospital theatre team and an anaesthetist and the safety and care provided by a great hospital team and setting. Our fees for the day of your surgery include all of these as well as telephone access to a dedicated patient journey app and post-operative nurse once you are home. 

The price also includes all of your pre-operative and post-operative care and you can call us or come to see us as many times as you like with your questions relating to this procedure. We also give you access to our Practice Coach who will help you through your journey and prepare you for a successful and speedy recovery.

Should you require additional care we can offer that too and factor in everything that you need to make your journey the smoothest and the best for you. Let us know what you need and we’ll give you a detailed quotation after you have seen your surgeon and discussed exactly what you need at your consultation.

Gynaecomastia recovery time varies with every patient and the type of activity you want to get back to. While the incisions made during surgery are very small, liposuction creates a large wound hidden under your skin.

Healing is a gradual process, so getting enough rest in the days after your surgery is essential. Sleep with your upper body slightly elevated to help quicken any reduction in swelling and bruising.

We’ll run through what you should expect and work on a recovery program for you that suits your lifestyle. But typically, you can expect to be back at work within 5-7 days after surgery, resuming light exercise after 2 weeks. You should avoid any strenuous upper body exercise for at least 3 weeks after surgery. It’s very common to have some bruising, swelling and minor initial lumpiness in the area post-surgery.

It’s also fairly common to appear slightly uneven. This is often completely normal and will settle over the coming weeks.

We have a dedicated post-operative phone line which takes you straight to our nurse should you have any worries or concerns and we would ask you to report immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Pain
  • Excessive swelling
  • Pockets of fluid
  • A persistent high temperature (above 37.5 degrees for 12 hours or more)

You may feel numb or tingly in some areas due to some nerve irritation. This is usually resolved within the first 6 months of surgery. Around 7 – 14 days after surgery you’ll need to return to the clinic to review your result and check you’re healing well. You’ll usually see your surgeon around 6 weeks after surgery for a routine check-up.

All cosmetic surgery carries some uncertainty and risk. When performed by one of our highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeons, complications are infrequent and usually minor. Individuals do however vary greatly in their anatomy, their physical reactions, and their healing abilities, and the outcome is never completely predictable.

Complications are rare but can include:

  • Scarring at the site of the surgical incisions
  • Irregularities of contour or dimpling of the area treated
  • Unevenness or asymmetry between sides
  • Prolonged numbness and swelling
  • Haematoma or seroma formation (a collection of blood or fluid under the skin)
  • Infection

You can talk about any potential risks and complications in detail during the consultation with your surgeon. You can have peace of mind that our expert team includes the UK’s leading gynaecomastia surgeons who perform, on average, 100 successful procedures per year.

Tips from the top

Senior Nurse Suzi says:

It’s helpful if you start making some healthy lifestyle changes before your gynecomastia surgery. This way you can ensure that you’re as healthy as possible heading into the procedure, while also helping you to maintain your results after surgery.

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

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

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

Always wear sunblock (SPF 50+) over surgery scars to stop pigmentation.

Stock up on comfy or sports clothing and front-fastening shirts are ideal.

Your inspiration: before and after photos

See before and after photos showing our patient results.

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