Men can also develop a female breast form (gynaecomastia) as a result of excess fatty tissue accumulation or an excessive increase of mammary gland tissue due to hereditary or hormonal influences

Emotional burden for affected men

The aim of the operation is to reduce the enlarged male breast by removing fatty and glandular tissue to restore the natural contour of the male ribcage.

Before the operation, the doctor first examines whether the enlarged breast consists mainly of fatty or glandular tissue.

Accumulations of fatty tissue can easily be removed by liposuction.

This is done through small skin incisions in the region of the nipples and armpits that can hardly be seen at all later on. If the breast enlargement is mainly due to glandular tissue, the tissue is removed through a small incision in the lower edge of the areola (pigmented area on the human breast around the nipple).

After completion of the operation, which is usually performed in an outpatient setting, the patient puts on a specially fitted compression waistcoat, which he will have to wear day and night for about 4 – 6 weeks. This ensures that the swelling goes down and that the skin can adapt to the body's new silhouette.