Gynaecomastia (chest reduction)

Gynaecomastia (male chest reduction) at the Portsmouth Cosmetic Clinic at Spire Portsmouth Hospital

Gynaecomastia, the presence of excess breast tissue in men, can occur for a number of reasons. You may have been left with ‘male breasts’ if you have lost weight, or they may simply be the result of age. Some men develop excess breast tissue during puberty, a common occurrence, but do not lose it as they get older.

Whatever the reason, surgery could help to give you a flatter, firmer and more masculine chest.

Male chest/breast reduction surgery removes excess breast tissue, fat and sagging skin that lead to the appearance of ‘male breasts’.

What to expect

When you meet with your consultant you can discuss the results you are hoping to achieve. Your consultant will explain the results you can expect from the surgery and will discuss the associated risks and alternatives to the procedure before you decide to go ahead.

During your chest reduction surgery excess fat, glandular tissue and skin are removed through incisions under your arm or around the nipple. The operation takes around 90 minutes and is performed under general anaesthetic.

After your surgery you may be able to leave the same day or may need to stay in hospital for a night or two depending on the procedure. You will also need to plan time off work so that you can recover at home.

You will have a number of follow up appoints for dressings and check-ups and your final check-up with your consultant is usually two months after surgery, although further after-care appointments are available, at no extra charge, if required.

How can I find out more about chest reduction surgery?
  • Call to speak in confidence to an experienced cosmetic treatment adviser on 02392 456172
  • You can send us an email at and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have
  • Alternatively coming along to a free Cosmetics Open Evening and meet some of the consultants and see the clinic

Who will do my surgery?

At the Portsmouth Cosmetic Clinic you can choose the consultant you wish to be treated by. They will be the one that you see at your consultation appointments, they will carry out your surgery and they will provide your after-care with the support of a cosmetic nurse.