Gynecomastia is a condition that affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of the male population. The medical term refers to excess breast tissue or fat in the chest or breast area in men. It may affect one breast or both.
Chest/Breast reduction surgery for male gynecomastia is usually performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedaiton. Dr. Case will discuss anesthesia options with you. Enlarged chests/breasts that consist primarily of excessive fatty tissue are treated using liposuction sculpting. A cannula is inserted through an incision to remove excess fat. Excess glandular tissue is usually surgically removed by an incision made on the edge of the nipple (areola). Surgery results are typically permanent as long as a patient is able to maintain a stable weight. The downtime from surgery is minimal and most patient may return to work after a week.
Sometimes patients want to know what to expect after surgery. There will be scarring around the nipple of the breast (areola). The scars typically fade over time and become less visible. To assist with healing, patients wear a chest garment for about 3 to 6 weeks, must avoid heavy lifting (avoid lifting anything over 5 pounds) and avoid sun exposure for at least 6 months.
The benefits of having male gynecomastia surgery include: firmer, flatter chest, a more contoured chest and a boost in self- confidence.