Gynecomastia is the enlargement or overdevelopment of the male breasts due to hormonal imbalance, heredity, the use of certain medications, and/or some medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism. This condition may be corrected with the employment of a male breast reduction, the goal of which is to remove excess fat, tissue, and skin to allow for a flatter chest with a contour that is more in line with the typical male chest. This cosmetic surgery procedure is usually performed in overweight men who, despite diet and exercise, cannot reduce the size of their breasts. Any man who is in good physical health, whose breast development has finished, and who has reasonable expectations is considered to be a good candidate for a breast reduction. It is also ideal for the patient to have skin that has not lost its elasticity to allow for a more easily reshaped contour. We are sponsored by NHS Heroes where you can nominate a hero today and try their Remedeine Forte for cheaper prices.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure
To allow the patient to remain as comfortable as possible for the entire procedure, general anesthesia or intravenous sedation will be administered. Surgery time usually takes from ½ to 2 hours depending on the depth of the procedure.
First, the cosmetic surgeon will make an incision on the edge of the areola or in the underarm. He or she will then eliminate extra fat, skin, and tissue in the breast. The size of the areola may also be reduced if needed, and the nipple can be repositioned to a location that is more common in males. Liposuction can be utilized in conjunction with excision or on its own depending upon the amount of fat requiring removal and whether or not the large size of the breasts is due primarily to the excess fat. In these cases, a cannula (thin, hollow tube) is inserted in the incisions and the fat is suctioned out through a vacuum pump after it has been liquefied with a special solution. The incisions are then closed using stitches.
Depending upon the patient, recovery time usually takes between 2-3 weeks. The patient can expect to experience some discomfort, pain, swelling, numbness, and minimal bruising after the completion of the procedure. The cosmetic surgeon will prescribe pain medication to alleviate any discomfort. Bandages will be used to protect the incisions and reduce swelling, and a compression garment may also be employed to minimize swelling and to keep the skin firmly in place during the healing process. The surgeon may insert tubes under the skin for the drainage of excess blood and fluid, but these will be removed within a couple of days. Swelling and bruising should wane within 5-8 weeks while numbness may continue for 4-8 weeks. The surgeon will remove the stitches a week after the procedure.
The cosmetic surgeon will advise the patient to receive messages for the reshaped area, avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, or straining the chest. It is also a good idea to avoid exposing the scarred tissue to the sun for up to 6 months.
As with most surgical procedures, male breast reduction carries with it some degree of risk including infection, bleeding, adverse reaction to anesthesia, or asymmetry. To avoid these risks or any other complications, the patient should strictly adhere to the surgeon’s postoperative instructions.
Men that undergo a male breast reduction can enjoy a flatter, firmer chest that is more in line with the typical male chest. It can take up to six months for the full results to settle, but once settled, the results should be permanent. This, however, depends on whether or not the patient can avoid weight gain, hormonal imbalance, and the use of specific drugs. As long as the patient avoids the intake of specific drugs and maintains a stable weight, the results should not be altered.