Gynecomastia / Male Breast Reduction

Gynecomastia is translated as ‘female-like breasts’. The condition is more common in men than what people usually realize. It is a problem which affects around 40% to 60% of men and might be found in one breast or both. While some drugs such as medicines containing estrogen, anabolic steroids, marijuana, alcohol and conditions such as impaired liver function and cancer can lead to male breasts, it is a widely accepted notion that a major number of cases are derived from unknown sources. Men who may be of any age and are stable emotionally, are good candidates for male breast reduction surgery at the Elegance Plastic Surgery Clinic.

The best people for the surgery are men with firm and elastic skin which reshapes according to the new contours of the body. In a few instances, surgery might be discouraged if the person is overweight and have not gone for a diet and exercise regimen. Enlarged breasts of men can be alleviated with the help of liposuction or by eliminating excess of gland tissue. The process is one which requires a couple of hours at the most and is performed on an outpatient basis with local or general anesthesia. Excess skin, fat and glandular tissue being present is successfully eliminated.

Surgery can be performed on a standalone basis or along with lipoplasty in which the suction device is inserted among the already present incisions. For elimination of additional fatty tissue, liposuction is all that might be required. In these cases, the scarring is small and hardly visible. The results of the treatment are permanent although with subsequent obesity, the person might experience an effect like gynecomastia. The benefits of the surgery include a flatter, firmer and contoured chest that might enhance the self-confidence of the patient. The downtime is small and you might return to work within a week.

There is some scarring around the nipples or areola from the process, but it will fade within a few days. Some post-operative burning, swelling and bruising is present, and to help with the healing, the patient needs to put on an elastic pressure garment for 3 to 6 weeks and avoid exposure of the scarred areas to the sun for around 6 months. Some of the other considerations involve lack of sensation or temporary numbness which may last up to 3-4 months. With infrequent complications, there could be skin damage, infection, fluid retention, scarring, changes in the pigment and bleeding.