The abnormal development of breasts can be a cause of intense and understandable discomfort and embarrassment in men. This condition, which is medically defined as ‘gynaecomasty’, is quite common and can concern either one or both sides of the chest. It entails excessive growth of mammary tissue in the breast region, at times associated with localised build-up of fat, and can even involve the sides and posterior region of the chest in some cases.

Caused by various factors, including hormonal problems and sudden weight loss, gynaecomasty, especially if very evident, can affect the quality of life of people presenting the condition. Cosmetic surgery comes to their help once again by proposing chest remodelling surgery, which is specific to eliminate excessive mammary tissue and localised fat.


During surgery, which is generally performed under local anaesthesia in a day hospital regime, an incision is performed along a brief stretch of the areolar perimeter (to make the subsequent scar almost invisible). It is useful to remove the disk of the mammary gland. Then, excessive adipose tissue is suctioned and surgery is completed with a cosmetic suture and bandage.

After surgery

A couple of days will generally suffice to fully recover strength and be able to perform normal motor activities. To avoid impairing the outcome of surgery, the patient is, anyhow, recommended about one week of postoperative rest.

It is, instead, mandatory to avoid strain and demanding physical exercise that entails pushing, pulling and weight lifting for at least 4-6 weeks.

There is one final important recommendation. The area concerned by surgery should not be exposed to direct sunlight for at least six months.