star has opened up to his fans about undergoing breast reduction surgery for gynaecomastia, sharing a livestream of the procedure on Instagram.
In 2016, Tom appeared on the second series of the revived reality dating show, eventually being dumped from the villa on the 33rd day.
He’s since amassed a huge following as a health and fitness coach, boasting 235,000 followers on Instagram.
In a recent post shared on the social media platform, he shared a graphic video of his gynaecomastia removal surgery, writing in the caption: ‘This is my live stream of my gyno removal surgery with the Amazing @dr_john_md in the cardiff clinic @signatureclinicuk.’
In the video shared by Tom, his doctor explained the steps he would be taking to perform the breast reduction surgery.
What is gynaecomastia?
Gynaecomastia is a common condition that affects boys and men, the explains, causing their breasts to swell to a large size.
Causes of the condition can include hormone imbalance, obesity, puberty and old age, with rarer causes also being side effects of medicine, use of illegal drugs and the result of a health condition such as kidney failure.
If a GP believes a patient requires treatment, they might recommend medication to adjust hormone imbalance or surgery to get rid of excess breast tissue.
The NHS stresses that if the area is painful or there is a lump, patients should see their GP.
The fitness coach livestreamed the entire procedure, showing the medical professionals slicing into his chest, removing tissue and stitching him back up.
When it was all over, he thanked the doctors for performing the procedure, describing it as ‘fantastic’.
Dr John Skevofilax, who was in charge, said on Instagram that it was a ‘pleasure’, describing Tom as a ‘superstar’.
One of the star’s friends commented on the post that watching the video has made him think about whether he should also consider gynaecomastia removal surgery, writing: ‘Thank you for sharing this mate.. I have a little so might message you to see where you went pal.’
Someone else asked Tom whether his gynaecomastia was from steroids, to which he candidly replied: ‘Yeah mine is. Most peoples gyno isn’t though.’
He also added in response to another Instagram user that while prices for the surgery may vary, patients can receive a free consultation.
Later when posting on his Instagram Story, Tom confessed he was finding it difficult not being able to train, asking his followers for any TV recommendations they might have.
‘Good morning. Thank you for all the messages and comments about surgery yesterday. Much appreciated. Now to recover and get back at it. But for now, my body needs a rest,’ he wrote.