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GYNECOMASTIA SURGERY

Gynecomastia is a medical term that means enlargement of the male breast. This condition is far more common than many realize. It may affect one breast or both. Although certain drugs such as anabolic steroids, medications containing estrogen, alcohol, marijuana, and medical conditions including cancer, impaired liver function, to name a few, may cause or contribute to enlarged male breasts, it is widely accepted a large percentage of these cases derive from unknown sources or are hereditary; and can be resolved in most cases with gynecomastia surgery.

Men of any age who are healthy and emotionally stable are considered good candidates for male breast reduction surgery. The best candidates are those who have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the body’s new contours. In some instances, gynecomastia surgery may be discouraged for overweight men who have not first tried an exercise and diet regimen.

Enlarged male breasts can be reduced by liposuction and/or by removal of excess glandular tissue. The procedure for male breast reduction takes an average of two hours and is done on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia. Gynecomastia surgery can be individualized to treat excess glandular tissue, fat, or skin excess.

Types of Gynecomastia

The most common type of gynecomastia occurs when there is a combination of extra breast tissue and extra fatty tissue. This can cause gynecomastia that is either mild or severe. Sometimes the extra tissue lies just underneath the nipple and sometimes it involves the whole breast. Glandular tissue just underneath the areola can cause the nipple to have a puffy look to them. This gives off the appearance of a cone-shaped breast, which is very different from a normal male breast where the nipple and areola lay flat against the chest.

Fatty gynecomastia is yet another variation, commonly seen in overweight men. The most appropriate means of remedying this type of gynecomastia is weight loss. When weight loss efforts prove ineffective, then it is time to seek a surgical solution such as liposuction.

Excessive glandular and/or fatty tissue may be accompanied by skin excess. Some men have “sagging” to their breasts. This may require removal of excess skin at the time of surgery. Your doctor will discuss this with you to minimize scarring but also to give you the look you desire.

Understanding the causes of gynecomastia and realizing that it is rather common can help men deal with this issue much more easily and become more confortable with the idea of gynecomastia surgery.

Gynecomastia Surgery Treatment & Recovery

Liposuction alone may be all that is necessary if breast enlargement is due only to excess fatty tissue.  More commonly, there is excess glandular and fatty tissue that requires excision of the gland combined with liposuction during gynecomastia treatment in general.

Results are permanent, although subsequent obesity can create a gynecomastia-like effect. Some of the benefits of surgery include a firmer, flatter, more contoured chest that produces more self-confidence. There is little downtime, and you may return to work within one week usually, unless you are involved in strenuous activities.

Following gynecomastia surgery, there will be scarring around the nipple of the breast (areola) from this procedure but will fade over a period of time and be less visible. There will be some post-operative bruising, swelling, and burning sensation. To assist with the healing process, the patient will wear an elastic pressure garment for 3-6 weeks and must avoid exposing scarred areas to the sun for at least 6 months.

Other considerations include temporary numbness or lack of sensation that could last up to a year. Infrequent complications may include infection, skin damage, fluid accumulation, bleeding, scarring or pigment changes. Post-operative asymmetry, while rare, is possible; a second procedure may be needed to remove additional tissue.

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