Gynaecomastia commonly known as ‘man boobs’ or ‘moobs’ is an extremely common cause of embarrassment to men which can be treated easily and discreetly.
Breast development in men is commonly considered to be a sign of femininity but this only the case in a minority of patients who suffer from hormonal problems or those that are taking oestrogen to treat cancers, or steroids in some cases.
Most teenagers have some breast development at puberty, which is often uncomfortable and can cause them to become very self-conscious and lose some of their body confidence. For most young men, it regresses naturally over a few years as they grow out of puberty. However, there are many cases where it does not regress, and the enlarged breasts will remain. Other times, only the nipple may reman enlarged, this is commonly known as ‘Puffy Nipple’.
This condition is also very common with older men, as their bodies begin to change, they produce less testosterone, while at the same time many older men tend to have more body fat which causes the body to begin producing more oestrogen. All these changes in the hormonescan cause excess tissue growth in the breasts.
Many obese men also have an excess of oestrogen in their bodies due to being overweight, so a combination of excess fat and excess oestrogen can cause the breast tissue to enlarge. Losing weight may help in some cases, however the breast tissue may not improve through this alone.
Liposuction is the main form of treatment for enlarged breasts in males and for treatment of the condition ‘Puffy Nipple’. At the Cadogan Clinic we have developed and trialled various liposuction techniques for over 35 years. We use techniques which are particularly effective at removing not only fat but also the fibrous breast tissue that causes the breast to become enlarged.
Our preferred techniques are water assisted liposuction (we use BodyJet), and power assisted liposuction (PAL), using both Lipomatic and Microaire. We avoid ultrasound techniques such as Vaser, as it is less effective and has more complications.
Discreet entry points for the laser helps to avoid unnecessary scars, and the skin will normally retract and tighten to create a nice chest form. However, in older patients if the breasts are particularly large and the nipples are low on the chest wall, the skin will not retract, and the chest will still sag. In those cases, a small minority of patients may require a skin lift at a later stage to achieve their desired over-all look.
In patients with predominantly glandular as opposed to fatty breast tissue, there may be a need of a direct removal of the breast disc, which would be done in combination with liposuction. This specific surgery is called Webster’s Procedure. We make the incision around the edge of the areola, and it is very discreet. Cadogan’s post-operative scar treatments will be used to produce the very best results.
During your initial consultation with our highly skilled surgeons you will be able to express your concerns and we will go over the different options available to you for treatment. Some of our surgeons offer Crisalix Imaging, which is an advanced virtual imaging software that enables you to see a before and after of your results in real time at the consultation.
No matter your personal reasons for treatment, Cadogan Clinic offers the access to leading UK surgeons, techniques and state-of-the-art facilities for your treatment.