Gynaecomastia is a common condition that causes boys’ and men’s breasts to swell and become larger than normal. It is most common in teenage boys and older men. Seeking Gynaecomastia Surgery in Liverpool may lead you to Mr Irfan Khan. Mr Khan is an experienced plastic surgeon offering this procedure for patients in the North West region.

Gynaecomastia can present as a small amount of additional tissue around the nipples to large prominent breasts. It can be present in one or both breasts and some men experience pain.

Causes of Gynaecomastia

There are a number of known causes of gynaecomastia:

Hormone Imbalance

Gynaecomastia is sometimes caused by an imbalance between the sex hormones. Oestrogen causes breast tissue to grow. While all men produce some oestrogen, they usually have much higher levels of testosterone. This testosterone stops the breast tissue from growing.


Being obese is a common cause of gynaecomastia. Being overweight can increase the body’s production of oestrogen and then breast tissue will grow. Overweight people also have considerably more fat and this can also enlarge the breast tissue. Losing weight alone will not reverse gynaecomastia.


A natural fact of ageing is male bodies begin to produce less testosterone. Older man also usually have a higher percentage of body fat than when they were younger. This again, can cause oestrogen to be produced in higher levels and excess breast tissue.

Gynaecomastia Surgery in Liverpool

Mr Irfan Khan uses a combination of procedures to treat and reverse gynaecomastia. Some patients only require liposuction. Others require a combination of liposuction and open reduction techniques involving surgery. Patients will have a chance to see the potential scarring before making a decision too.

Surgical incision is not always necessary. This is something Mr Khan will discuss with the individual patient. This ensures they have a full understanding before agreeing to any procedures. Mr Khan is a highly experienced plastic surgeon who works to ensure scarring is minimal and invasive procedures are only used when necessary.

Most men require a hospital stay when recovering from the procedure. This does not usually need to be overnight, and the patient may be provided with an elasticated pressure bandage as well, to be worn for a specified time period. Patients are usually able to return to their usual day-to-day activities within six weeks but it is important to discuss this with your care team.

Book a Consultation with Mr Khan

Mr Irfan Khan is an expert plastic surgeon in Liverpool and welcomes you to his clinic.  To find out more information and the clinical services available, visit the contact us page.