Male Breast Reduction
What is Gynecosmastia?
The over development of male breasts, also known as gynecomastia, affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men. This condition may be caused by a hormonal imbalance, side effects from drugs, or may occur for no particular reason at all. But despite the cause, the condition is significant and may pose a serious problem in a man's life.
Men with large or sagging breasts can be both physically and emotionally uncomfortable, often restricting themselves from certain activities because they feel self-conscious about their breast size. Male breast reduction is an excellent way to decrease the size of a man's breast, helping him feel more comfortable and confident.
How does the male breast reduction procedure work?
If the enlarged breasts are primarily caused by excessive fatty tissue, liposuction can be performed through tiny incisions to remove the excess fat. The incision may be made around the edge of the areola (the area around the nipple) or in the underarm. Liposuction often offers effective results with minimal downtime and practically no visible scarring. Many men with gynecomastia only have a small amount of fat tissue that needs to be removed and can usually benefit from liposuction.
Male liposuction is performed through the tumescent technique, a minimally invasive technology that helps reduce scarring, blood loss and recovery times. A small tube called a cannula is inserted into the skin through a small incision to suction out fat in the targeted area. The cannula injects a saline solution and local anesthetic into the area to keep it swollen and numb, making fat removal easier and virtually painless. The liposuction procedure takes less than an hour and can be performed in your doctor's office.
Male Breast Reduction Recovery
Following male breast liposuction, patients will experience some bruising, swelling, and discomfort. This discomfort usually dissipates after a few days and can be reduced with prescribed medication. To help reduce swelling, an elastic pressure garment should be worn for about two weeks, and at night for several weeks later. Swelling and any skin discoloration will partially subside after a week or two, at which time stitches will be removed.