Male breast reduction for gynecomastia is a surgical procedure designed to reduce and reshape enlarged or swollen breasts in males. Gynecomastia is a condition characterized by the development of excess breast tissue in men, often resulting in a more feminine chest appearance. This condition can be caused by hormonal imbalances, medications, genetics, obesity, or other factors. Male breast reduction surgery is a common and effective solution for those seeking to address gynecomastia.
Here is an overview of how male breast reduction for gynecomastia is typically performed:
- Consultation: The process begins with a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During this consultation, the surgeon will assess the patient’s medical history, discuss their concerns and goals, and determine the most suitable approach for their specific case. Any causes of gynecomastia that can be controlled will be addressed before surgery is recommended.
- Preoperative evaluation: The surgeon may order medical tests and evaluations to ensure the patient is in good health for the surgery.
- Anesthesia: Male breast reduction surgery can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s and surgeon’s preference.
- Incisions: The surgeon makes small incisions in the chest area, typically around the areola. The choice of incision location depends on the extent of gynecomastia and the surgical technique used. Through this incision the excess tissue is directly removed.
- Tissue removal: Excess breast tissue, fat, and, if necessary, glandular tissue are removed through the incisions. Liposuction may also be used to remove excess fat but liposuction cannot remove glandular tissue, therefore, direct excision is typically required. If there is excess skin, a free nipple graft may be required to provide the best possible contour.
- Contouring: After tissue removal, the surgeon reshapes the chest to create a more masculine appearance. This may involve repositioning the nipple and areola or adjusting the skin to achieve a more natural contour.
- Incision closure: The incisions are closed with sutures, and the area is dressed with bandages or a compression garment to minimize swelling and support the healing process.
- Recovery: Patients will be monitored in a recovery area before being discharged. Post-operative care instructions, including wearing a compression garment, will be provided.
- Healing and results: It may take several weeks to see the final results, as swelling and bruising subside. Scars will continue to fade over time.
Male breast reduction surgery is generally safe and has a high success rate. However, like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications, which should be discussed with Dr. Thomassen during the consultation. It’s important to choose a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Thomassen to ensure the best outcome and minimize risks associated with the procedure. Contact us today!