What is Male Breast Reduction ?

What is Male Breast Reduction?

Male breast reduction is a cosmetic surgery that is performed to correct the medical phenomenon known as gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is the enlargement and overdevelopment of the breast tissue in men. This condition typically develops in boys as they enter puberty and may remain for many years thereafter. It is more pronounced in overweight and obese patients. With male breast reduction, the excess breast tissue is surgically removed in order to improve the appearance of the breasts and patient's confidence.

How does Male Breast Reduction work?

The procedure for male breast reduction will vary depending upon the severity of the condition. For patients with mild gynecomastia, a single pectoral crease incision is typically done below each pectoral muscle, where scarring will be minimal. For patients with moderate or severe gynecomastia, additional incisions around the areola may be necessary. Similarly, the tissue removal procedure can vary somewhat as well, with the minimum procedure involving liposuction techniques and more advanced procedures requiring liposuction and breast gland removal.

What areas of the body does Male Breast Reduction treat?

This procedure is used for cosmetic purposes only and treats the upper chest area. It is somewhat different from a breast reduction surgery for a woman, and therefore the procedures are not entirely interchangeable.

Who is a candidate for Male Breast Reduction?

The ideal candidate for the male breast reduction procedure is a man who has completed his developmental growth. Therefore, pre-pubescent boys and early adolescents are typically not included as patients for this procedure. The man should be otherwise healthy and capable of safely undergoing a surgical tissue excision process. In many cases, surgeons will suggest programs of weight loss and other non-surgical treatments to help reduce the effects of gynecomastia before surgery is considered. Therefore, the ideal candidate will have attempted to solve his problem in other ways before resorting to surgical means.

How is the surgery performed?

A small incision (or, in some cases, a series of small incisions) is made in the area below the breast. Using liposuction techniques, excess breast tissue is removed from the area. To correct for serious gynecomastia, occasionally the breast glands are removed in hopes of discouraging a recurrence of the condition. The area is then stitched up and dressed to avoid rupturing. The entire procedure typically takes between 1.5 and 3 hours.

What is the recovery like?

The recovery process for male breast reduction will typically require about 5 days before the patient can return to work or normal activity. Typically, antibiotics are administered to prevent infection, and the incisions must be carefully monitored and cleaned to prevent compounding damage. Most patients can return to light exercise within 7 days and strenuous exercise in 3 weeks.

What are the risks?

There are few risks associated with male breast reduction. The primary risks are those associated with any surgery, including secondary infection, negative reaction to medicines or anesthesia, and pain and discomfort following the procedure's completion.

Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.

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