Gynecomastia, commonly known as enlarged male breasts, is a prevalent condition in men. Sometimes its cause can be linked to a medication or medical condition, but often the cause of gynecomastia is unclear. For men with gynecomastia, large breasts may cause social anxiety and physical discomfort. Fortunately, male gynecomastia reduction surgery is a very effective treatment.* The procedure removes fat and/or glandular tissue from the breasts, and sometimes excess skin. The result is a flatter, firmer chest consistent with masculine body contour.* The muscle underneath that unwanted fat and breast tissue will be much more visible.*
Are You a Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?
Gynecomastia is a very common condition, affecting an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men in one or both breasts at some point in life. If you feel self-conscious about your large breasts, you may be a candidate for gynecomastia reduction surgery. Gynecomastia surgery can be performed on men of any age who are in good health. The best candidates for surgery have firm skin with sufficient elasticity to conform to the body’s improved contours. If you feel that you are above your healthy weight, it may be best to attempt weight loss before surgery.
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What Happens During Gynecomastia Surgery?
In a typical procedure, a small incision is made in an inconspicuous location, often near the underarm area. If your gynecomastia includes excessive fatty tissue, your surgeon will likely use liposuction to address the excess fat. A slim, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted into the incision and used to break up the fat and suction it out.* Often, gynecomastia reduction can be done without additional incisions around the areola.
If your surgeon needs to remove greater amounts of excess tissue, larger incisions may be necessary and can result in more noticeable scars. In cases where large amounts of tissue have been removed, it may be necessary for excess skin to be removed so that the remaining skin will adjust to fit the new breast contour.* At the end of the procedure, a small drain will be inserted to relieve excess fluids. Upon completion, the incisions are usually covered with a dressing and the chest will be wrapped with an elastic bandage.
What is Involved in Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery?
It is normal to feel some discomfort for a few days after your procedure. This can be controlled with medication prescribed by your surgeon. You should arrange to be driven home after your surgery and have someone to help you manage for a day or two if necessary. Bruising and swelling may make it appear that there’s been little improvement in your condition initially. You will need to wear an elastic compression garment around the clock for a week or two, and for several weeks longer at night. The swelling will resolve in the first few weeks, but it may be months before your final result is visible.*
You will be up walking around on the day of surgery, and can return to work within a week, if you feel well enough.* If you have stitches, they will be removed a couple of weeks after the surgery. You should avoid sexual activity for a week or two, and heavy exercise for several weeks. You must avoid any activity or job that requires heavy lifting or risks a blow to the chest area for at least a month. Avoid exposing scars to the sun for several months. Sunlight can cause the scar to darken. If sun exposure is unavoidable, use a strong sunblock.
Gynecomastia surgery is very effective, and can greatly improve your appearance and boost your self-confidence.*
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* Individual results and patient experience may vary.