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Enlarged male breasts or Gynecomastia as referred to in medical terms, is commonly treated by a cosmetic surgery. The male breast reduction surgery or Gynecomastia surgery, commonly referred to as Reduction Mammoplasty in medical parlance, involves removal of excessive fat and/or glandular tissue to bring back a more firmer, flatter and a better masculine contour to the chest.
Although overdeveloped or enlarged male breasts do not pose any health risks,however, it may make a person less confident and feel embarassed to an extent that he avoids certain physical activities due to the fear of exposure. It may be mild or severe degree of gynecomastia affecting one(Unilateral) or both breast(Bilateral). It is characterized by excessive amount of fat and/or glandular tissue and sometims associated with extra sagging skin over the breast.
You can explore Gynecomastia surgery as an option for you to treat the condition. With passing time, more advanced techniques have developed that involve short surgery, quick recovery and aesthetically sound scars that are practically invisible.
Gynecomastia may develop as a side effect of certain medicines, unknown causes, hormonal imbalances. Genetics also is instrumental in its development in some men. It is observed in most of the men during some phase of their life. Male breast reduction surgery is a very safe surgery, provided it is done by an experienced, skilled and well qualified surgeon.
Q1 Do I need Gynecomastia surgery?
A1 Initially loosing weight may bring in hope for some men. Some men still not relieved by loss of weight. Although lean, they still have enlarged breast issues. Since the enlargement can be due to excessive gladular tissue as well, you can explore Gynecomastia surgery as a viable option for you. It is a safe surgery in the hands of a well qualified, highly skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon. The male breast reduction surgery has proved to work well for people, boosting their self esteem and making them comfortable.
You can consider gynecomastia surgery as an option for you if you face major concerns related to enlarged breasts.
Q2 What are the different ways of carrying out male breast reduction surgery?
A2 There are mainly two approaches to carry out male breast reduction surgery. They are
By Tissue excision
The best surgical approach will be determined by your cosmetic surgeon based on your requirement and his/her preference to achieve favorable results.
Q3 What is involved in Gynecomastia surgery done using Liposuction?
A3 Gynecomastia surgery using Liposuction usually involves administering local anesthesia along with sedation or is done under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will make a tiny incision on both sides of the chest. The location of the incision is determined by your surgeon based on your requirement or his/her preference whether on the border of the areola (a small round pigmented area around the nipple) or in the armpits. Through these surgical cuts excess of fat and/or glandular tissues are removed thereby giving the desired shape to the chest. This techniques is being commonly used to treat Gynecomastia.
Q4 How does a patient recover from Gynecomastia surgery done using Liposuction?
A4 The patient's recovery process post male breast reduction surgery using Liposuction generally entails the following:
Compression garment to be worn for initial few weeks after surgery in order to support healing tissues and decrease the swelling.
Resume your work or school within few days.
Abstain from sternuous excercise for around initial 3 or more weeks
Every patient is unique and so is his recovery process. You cosmetic surgeon is the best person to devise a customized set of instructions for you that will come in handy in your recovery post surgery.
Q5 When is male breast reduction surgery using tissue excision is indicated?
A5 Male breast reduction surgery through tissue excision is saved for those men who have severe degree of gynecomastia. Liposuction is not just good enough for them for achieving favorable results. Another indication would be stretched and sagging skin skin of the breast. Tissue excision let the cosmetic surgeon remove excessive amount of glandular tissue and /or skin. The length and site of the surgical cut will be determined by your cosmetic surgeon, usually its around the areola(round pigmented area around the nipple) or under the natural creases or folds of the chest. Main goal is to hide the scar as much as possible.
Q6 What to expect when going for male breast reduction surgery using tissue excision?
A6 Usually the male breast reduction surgery using tissue excision is done as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia along with sedation or under general anesthesia. It is common to have some swelling and soreness after the procedure. You can resume your work in a week's time, however, it may take further couple of weeks to get back to exercise, that too at a slow pace.
Q7 What to expect after the male breast reduction surgery?
A7 You will experience immediate and dramatic improvement after the surgery. Although you will have little pain but that would be manageable with the help of pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. You may be advised to wear a compression garment that serves the following two purposes:
To expedite the recovery process
To provide comfort and support
Resumption to your work may be within a week's time and the time may vary determined by the nature of the work you do. You can gradually return to your exercise regimen in a couple of weeks post surgery. Your cosmetic surgeon is the best person to customize instructions for you after the surgery, based on your body's response to the surgery, path to recovery, other requirements and his/her personal preference based on his/her clinical experience. Afterall, each person is unique and so is his requirements. You may experience some loss of sensation in the region where surgery was carried out, do not worry, this is invariably temporary.
Q8 Can Gynecomastia recur?
A8 You now got the surgery done. Looking your best. After all, all the extra fat, glandular tissue and skin are now removed making your chest firm and flat. Still you cannot rest on your laurels. You have to consistently work towards maintaining that macho look. Please keep track of your weight. Excessive weight gain, indiscriminate use of steroids and there are certain medical conditions to watch out for, that may lead to recurrence of gynecomastia. Focus on healthy life style. This will keep gynecomastia away. Always stick to your surgeon's advice to bring out the best results and maintain it as well to the longest time possible.
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