Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
Male Breast Reduction corrects Gynecomastia, the medical term for over-developed male breast tissue. In doing so, it creates a flatter, firmer and more masculine chest contour.
Technique: The technique to treat gynecomastia may be surgical removal of excess tissue by direct excision, liposuction, or a combination of the two. When the problem is secondary to excess glandular tissue, surgical excision is the procedure of choice. When fatty tissue is the primary source of breast over-development, liposuction techniques are a better option for fat removal and contouring the chest. Regardless of approach, incisions are hidden at the areola (pigmented skin surrounding the nipple), the breast crease, and/or in the underarm, and allow for removal of either excess glandular tissue and/ or breast fat and contouring of the chest. This procedure may also include reduction of the size of the areola. Rarely, in the very large-breasted man, a breast reduction similar to the female breast reduction technique is necessary.
This procedure is performed as an outpatient, either under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. While contour irregularities may occur postoperatively, these can be minimized with the use of compression garments. Endermologie® is often recommended for better results as well. Initial swelling dissipates in 2 to 4 weeks. Final result may take 3 to 6 months. Continued fading of the scars may take up to 1 year. Significant weight gain can reverse results.