Mr Olivier Amar says: “It’s common for male patients to tell me that they feel too uncomfortable to go to the beach or wear fitted clothing because they are self-conscious about their chest area. Achieving a flatter chest can help increase men’s self-esteem and confidence.”
WHAT IS MALE CHEST REDUCTION?
Male chest reduction is a procedure to remove tissue from the chest area. Depending on the type and cause of a patient’s enlarged chest area, treatment may involve surgery or liposuction or both.
WHY CONSIDER MALE CHEST REDUCTION?
Although it is rarely talked about, gynaecomastia – the medical term meaning male breast or chest enlargement – is very common. Gynaecomastia causes chest, nipple and areola enlargement and can cause men to feel self-conscious. In most cases, there is no known cause, but it may be linked to hormonal conditions, medicines, some diseases and weight issues. Mr Olivier Amar will consider the patient’s medical history and personal situation carefully when planning treatment. It may be necessary to refer patients to a specialist to ascertain any underlying medical conditions before considering surgery.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE?
The breast area is made up of two main components, glandular tissue (firm and dense) and fatty tissue (soft). An ultrasound may be required to discover the proportions of fat and tissue in the individual patient. There may be an excess of both.
For your safety, Mr Olivier Amar personally examines every patient and takes a medical history before considering the correct course of treatment.
If the enlargement is predominantly caused by too much fat, liposuction is the usual treatment. This involves sucking out the tissue through a small tube inserted via a 3-4mm incision under the arm. If excess glandular tissue is the primary cause of chest enlargement, it may need to be removed surgically, leaving a small scar, usually around the nipple. Mr Olivier Amar is dedicated to the management, prevention and improvement of scars. In some cases, liposuction and surgery may both be required.
Following surgery, the chest will be swollen and bruised. You may need to wear a tight-fitting pressure vest for one or two weeks afterwards to control any swelling and to help your skin shrink to fit your new contour. You can often return to all normal activities, including gentle exercise, after three weeks.
Liposuction may be performed under local anaesthetic. Otherwise, more extensive liposuction is performed under total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA), a technique of anaesthesia which uses a combination of agents given exclusively via the intravenous route without the use of gas anaesthesia. This means you will sleep comfortably throughout the procedure and wake immediately afterwards with a significantly reduced likelihood of feeling groggy or nauseous. The anaesthesia will be explained to you by your Anaesthetist during the preoperative consultation. Having surgery with TIVA allows you to go home the same day to rest and recuperate in comfort. Mr Olivier Amar’s practice is happy to arrange the procedure at a hospital with an overnight stay facility if you wish or assist with a nurse to stay with you overnight, as well as helping you find local accommodation after your surgery if necessary.