Breast reduction surgery is typically undertaken under a light general anaesthetic with a single overnight stay in hospital, although day case surgery is preferred by some patients.
Various procedures can be used to restore a flatter and more masculine chest. Typically, the procedure will involve removing excess breast tissue by lifting the nipple. For soft breast tissue with good skin tone, liposuction alone may enhance the appearance with minimal scars. For small but firm breast tissue a minimal scar around the nipple may be used. Occasionally for much more noticeable gynaecomastia a transverse scar maybe required.
The skin wounds are closed with fine absorbable sutures and the resulting scars generally settle well.