Gynecomastia is a condition characterized by the enlargement of male breasts, which can occur for many reasons. Gynecomastia is a relatively common problem, affecting about half of the male population. Gynecomastia can affect one or both breasts. Luckily, a surgical procedure can correct this problem, giving you a more masculine chest.
What is gynecomastia surgery?
During the male breast reduction procedure, the surgeon removes excess fat and/or glandular tissue from the chest. In some cases, excess skin is also removed. The result is a chest that is firmer, flatter and more masculine.
Who is a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery?
Any healthy male can be affected by gynecomastia. Ideal candidates for gynecomastia surgery have firm, elastic skin that will form to the body’s new contours. We discourage this surgical procedure in men who are obese, or overweight men who have not attempted exercise or weight loss to correct the problem.
Are there any risks involved in male breast reduction?
When gynecomastia surgery is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, as it is at Aestique® Medical Center, complications are infrequent and usually minor. There is a risk of infection after male breast reduction, as with any surgery. However, we take steps to minimize this risk. Other risks of gynecomastia surgery include excessive bleeding, skin injury, reaction to anesthesia and excessive fluid loss or accumulation.
Male breast reduction may result in scars, permanent changes in pigment of the area, or slight asymmetry of the breasts or nipples. The procedure’s temporary effects may include loss of breast sensation or numbness, which may persist for up to a year. Pittsburgh male breast reduction patients can reduce the risk of any complications by following the instructions our surgeons give both before and after surgery.
How do I plan for gynecomastia surgery?
It is very important to discuss your expectations for the surgery with Dr. Lazzaro during your initial consultation. The doctor will help you determine the realistic result that can be achieved through male breast reduction surgery.
What happens during gynecomastia surgery?
First, an incision is made on the lower half of the areola (darkened area around the nipple). Working through this incision, excess breast tissue is removed with a scalpel. Some liposuction is generally done also, and the cannula (the small tube used to perform liposuction) is inserted through the existing incisions. The surgery itself takes about two hours; then, you will stay an additional hour or more to become alert and let the anesthesia wear off.
What happens following male breast reduction surgery?
You will return to Aestique® Medical Center in about six to seven days after surgery to have your sutures and drains removed. You will be instructed to wear a binder (a broad bandage that wraps around the chest) for up to six weeks after surgery. Your physical activity will be restricted for three to four weeks; however, walking is encouraged during recovery.
How long is the recovery after gynecomastia surgery?
You will need someone to drive you home and look after you for at least the next 24 hours after gynecomastia surgery, as your physical activity will be restricted. Most men feel ready to go out in public or back to work in about one week after surgery. You may feel some discomfort for a few days after surgery, which can be controlled with pain medications prescribed by your surgeon. You will also appear swollen and bruised for awhile. Although the worst of your swelling will dissipate in the first few weeks, it may be several months or more before the final results of your surgery are apparent.
Gynecomastia Surgery at Aestique® Medical Center*
At Aestique® Medical Center, you will find a unique combination of privacy, compassion and superior medical care courtesy of highly trained plastic surgeons and anesthesiologists. Contact us today to learn more about treating gynecomastia with male breast reduction surgery.