Gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction surgery (reduction mammaplasty) is a procedure that aims to correct enlarged male breasts. Sometimes, the gynecomastia is severe enough to result in a drooping breast envelope and a breast lift may also be required.
Am I a good candidate for Gynecomastia surgery?
Gynecomastia usually develops due to an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone ratios. This imbalance can be caused by certain recreational drugs and prescription medications. Regardless of the cause, excess breast tissue in males is often an embarrassing physical appearance and is associated with poor self-esteem. Male breast reduction surgery has a very high satisfaction rate and has been shown to improve patients’ quality of life.
Different Types of Gynecomastia Surgery
Treating Gynecomastia with Liposuction
Today, cosmetic surgeons are able to treat a growing number of gynecomastia patients using liposuction. This is due in part to advances in liposuction technology, which have resulted in a wider selection of less invasive techniques. However, surgeon skill plays an important role too, and it is important to choose a cosmetic surgeon who is trained in liposuction and has specific experience performing male breast reduction using liposuction. Learn more about liposuction surgery & techniques.
The procedure for treating gynecomastia with liposuction is typically performed using local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, and involves a small incision on each side of the chest. Depending on your needs and your cosmetic surgeon’s preferred technique, incisions may be located along a portion of the edge of the areola or within the armpit. Through these incisions, your cosmetic surgeon will remove excess fat and/or glandular tissue, at the same time sculpting a new chest contour that looks natural to your body.
The recovery process following liposuction is typically quite tolerable. Patients are often given a compression garment to wear for the first few weeks after surgery; this helps to minimize swelling and offers support to the healing tissues. While vigorous exercise is typically off-limits for about 3 weeks, many men return to work or school within several days after their procedures. However, it is important to understand that everyone heals at a unique pace; your cosmetic surgeon will give you individualized instructions for recovery.
Male Breast Reduction with Tissue Excision
More severe cases of gynecomastia may require surgical tissue excision to achieve optimal results. Additionally, patients who have stretched, sagging skin around the breasts will usually require this approach. Tissue excisions allows a cosmetic surgeon to remove a greater amount of glandular tissue and/or skin that cannot be successfully treated with liposuction alone.
The location and length of the incisions depends on the extent of surgery needed, but are typically located around the edge of the areola (peri-areolar incision) or within the natural creases of the chest. A trained, qualified cosmetic surgeon will take care to place incisions so that the resulting scars are as inconspicuous as possible.
Male breast reduction with tissue excision is typically performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The recovery process is similar to that for liposuction; however, it is common for patients to experience soreness and some swelling. Typically, patients feel ready to return to work within 1 week of surgery, and a gradual return to exercise is usually permitted after the first couple of weeks.
This technique combines the two aforementioned techniques.
. Pain is minimal to moderate. Pain is well controlled with prescription and over the counter medications.
. Your surgeon may opt to use drains, typically these can stay in for 1-2 weeks, removal is performed in clinic.
. No sexual activity or participation in any type of physical activity that may cause tension or friction on your healing incisions for 2 weeks.
. You may return to work 5-7 days (desk job) after surgery. This depends on your comfort level and the type of surgery performed.
. Wear a compression vest for 6 weeks to improve swelling and contour.
. You may start light physical activity 2 weeks later and gradually increase as tolerated.
About Iranian Surgery
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