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Gynaecomastia

'moob' correction

Gynaecomastia (enlarged male breasts or “moobs”) is extremely common and in the general population up to 40% may experience enlargement of their chest which can lead to considerable anxiety and reduced self esteem. This can affect going swimming, training in the gym and personal relationships.

The cause of the condition may be related to diet, physiological reasons, hormones, alcohol or related to recreational or prescribed drugs. Usually your GP will investigate with blood tests to exclude anything abnormal before referring you on to Mr Banwell in Sussex, Surrey, Kent or Harley Street.

The first line treatment for gynaecomastia is liposuction (sucking out the fat and breast tissue through small incisions) and in the majority of cases this is very successful.

However, if there is excess skin or very fibrous tissue, a more extensive procedure may be required such as a Websters procedure. This operation carries more risks and complications but may be the best solution to the problem. Mr Banwell will discuss this in person with you.

As with any elective cosmetic procedure there are risks and complications and recovery time but these will be outlined in person at consultation as well as in writing. Please feel free to ask questions!

The use of a compression top for 8 weeks is vital to help contract skin and minimise contour irregularity (although this is still common) and our recommendation is the range of compression garments and CrystalSmooth leisure wear by MACOM.

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Gynaecomastia
At a Glance

60 - 90 Minutes

SURGERY TIME

Gynaecomastia
At a Glance

Outpatients/Inpatient 1 night

HOSPITAL STAY

Gynaecomastia
At a Glance

No

ANAESTHETIC ASSESSMENT

Gynaecomastia
At a Glance

No

PRE ADMISSION TESTS

Gynaecomastia
At a Glance

Sleeping on back recommended for 4 weeks.

SLEEPING POSITION

Gynaecomastia
At a Glance

Immediately

REASONABLY MOBILE

Gynaecomastia
At a Glance

Shower after 1 day. Bath after 2 weeks.

WASHING

Gynaecomastia
At a Glance

1 week

DRIVING

Gynaecomastia
At a Glance

8 weeks

EXERCISE INCLUDING GYM

Gynaecomastia
At a Glance

Restricted activity after 4 weeks

SEXUAL ACTIVITY

Gynaecomastia
At a Glance

4 weeks

FULL RECOVERY

Gynaecomastia
At a Glance

None

TIME OFF WORK

Gynaecomastia
At a Glance

Compression Garment worn for 8 weeks

BRAS & GARMENTS

Gynaecomastia surgery can be either unilateral or bilateral, and is performed under a general anaesthetic (with you asleep). You will wake up with a couple of small sutures where the liposuction cannulae have been as well as a foam dressing. If you have an ‘open’ surgical technique then you will have surgical tapes along the wounds and a surgical drain (tube) coming out of each side. You will need to go into a tightly-fitting compression top the following day. This will need to be worn day and night for 8 weeks.

Gynaecomastia surgery addresses the excess fat and breast tissue as well as any excess skin you may have as well. Furthermore, reducing the size of your nipples can also be performed if required.

The surgery takes about an hour and a half.

For liposuction alone you are likely to have your surgery as a day case procedure (in and out the same day) or an overnight stay. Otherwise, you will stay in hospital for 2-nights. After the surgery the wounds will be dressed with brown micropore tape. This is splash-proof and shower- proof. You will be able to shower from the day after surgery, then pat the tape dry with a towel and use a hair-dryer to dry completely.

Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least two weeks. You may be able to drive after this period, but remember that you need to be comfortable in performing an emergency stop or you may invalidate your insurance. If you drive too early and you need to do an emergency stop, the wounds may burst apart from pressure of the seat belt.

Gynaecomastia surgery has a high success rate, with low instances of failure but frequently small revision and investigation procedures may be needed. The philosophy is always to be conservative with the surgery – it is better to need a minor further procedure to improve things than to have overdone the first operation (taken too much away) and have to correct it.

Lumpy scarring (hypertrophic or keloid scarring) which may be difficult to treat. Bleeding or haematoma (a collection of blood in the wound that would mean that we would need to take you back to theatre to stop the bleeding), Wound infection & wound breakdown. Alteration in nipple sensation. Complete or partial loss of your nipple (a rare but important complication). Fat necrosis (dying of some areas of fat within the breast) – this either shows as an oily discharge from the wound or as the formation of lumps within the breast. It may mean we need to take you back to surgery, but can usually be treated as an outpatient with dressings (if the wound has opened) or with massage of any lumps. Asymmetry – no chest is perfectly symmetrical, and although we strive to make both sides as equal as we can, there will be differences between them. Chronic deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolus (PE) – these are blood clots that may occur in the leg (DVT) and travel to the lung (PE) which may be very serious – fortunately they are rare in gynaecomastia surgery. Further surgery may be needed to make adjustments to correct for imperfections or significant differences between the two sides (rates may be up to 20%).

The results of the surgery were excellent. Four months after the surgery there is hardly any evidence of scarring. Mr Banwell was also very good at explaining the nature of the problem and the treatment.


Stephen L.

Mr Banwell gave all the facts about the operations (positives and negatives). The results and thorough aftercare exceeded my expectations. You can feel confident to put your trust in Mr Banwell’s professional and thorough approach to doing what is right for you. I was very happy with the whole experience. Thank you!


Paula G.

My whole experience was made comfortable by warm, friendly and welcoming nursing staff. Mr Banwell has a lovely bedside manner and was more than happy to discuss my worried however strange. At 37 years of age and after 4 children I never thought I would have the tummy of an 18 year old again, Mr Banwell is a very clever man.


Sara A.

Just a note to say a big thank you for your professional expertise, your excellent care and your kindness towards me during my treatment.


Marilyn W.

Dear Mr Banwell I am writing to thank you, Kim and the rest of the lovely staff at the McIndoe. I was very nervous when I first met you, about having surgery but realised that it was a necessary evil. I need not have been worried, as from our initial consultation to surgery to full recovery, you have all been amazing.  You have changed my life – for the first time ever I have had some photos taken of me and my children. I stand taller and feel so much happier with life. I have even started my own business. I never realised that it would have had such a profound effect – and it didn’t hurt!! Thank you again.  I wish you and your team lots of health, luck and happiness.


Pamela C.

I just want to thank you for all your care, expertise and advice.

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