Gynecomastia surgery or male breast reduction surgery is the most effective way to deal with prominent male breasts. Gynecomastia refers to the abnormal growth of male breast tissue. While not harmful, the condition is often embarrassing, and some men avoid taking part in sports, or going shirtless on the beach because of it.
Gynecomastia is actually very common among adolescent boys, as it is linked to hormonal fluctuations. However, it normally goes away on its own, but there are times when it persists beyond puberty.
If you are struggling with gynecomastia, and would like to get rid of the excess breast tissue, be sure to turn to a board certified plastic surgeon for help.
Gynecomastia may be the result of excess fatty or glandular tissue in the breasts. The underlying cause will influence whether liposuction or excision is done to correct it.
Liposuction is the preferred method for gynecomastia resulting from too much fatty tissue in the chest area. With this technique, several small incisions are made, and a cannula is introduced under the skin. The cannula is a thin tube that is used to break up the fatty tissue, which is then suctioned from the body.
Excision is performed in cases where there is dense glandular breast tissue. The incision for surgery is made around the areola, and the excess tissue removed.
Patients that have both excess fat and glandular tissue may require liposuction and excision.
Following gynecomastia surgery patients are usually required to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling. The swelling normally diminishes within 7-14 days. Most patients are able to resume regular activities after about one week. However, patients should be careful to follow the post-op instructions of their plastic surgeon.
After healing from gynecomastia surgery, the chest will look flatter, firmer, and more masculine.