Male Breast - Gynaecomastia
|Gynaecomastia - Correction of Enlarged Male Breasts. The term Gynaecomastia comes from the Greek words meaning "women-like breasts." Though this oddly named condition is rarely talked about, it's actually quite common. Gynaecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men. It may affect only one breast or both.
Procedure DetailsThe procedure for correction of enlarged male breasts is removing fat and or glandular tissue and, in extreme cases, excess skin. The result is a chest that is flatter, firmer and better contoured. The best candidates for surgery have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the body's new contours.
Procedure if excess glandular tissue is the primary cause of the breast enlargement, it will be excised (cut out) with a scalpel. The excision may be performed alone or in conjunction with liposuction. In a typical procedure, an incision is made in an inconspicuous location, either on the edge of the areola or in the under arm area. Working through the incision, Dr. Nagwani cuts away the excess glandular tissue, fat and skin from around the areola and from the sides and bottom of the breast. Major reductions that involve the removal of a significant amount of tissue and skin may require larger incisions resulting in more conspicuous scars. If liposuction is used to remove excess fat, the cannula is usually inserted through the existing incisions.
In extreme cases where large amounts of fat or glandular tissue have been removed, skin may not adjust well to the new smaller breast contour. In these cases, excess skin may have to be removed to allow the remaining skin to firmly readjust to the new contour.
LengthGynaecomastia surgery usually takes about 1 hour or more.
AnaesthesiaMore extensive correction may be performed under general anaesthesia.
In/OutpatientAs an outpatient procedure, but in extreme cases, or medical conditions present cause for concern, an overnight hospital stay may be recommended.
Side-Effects / RisksComplications are infrequent and usually minor. Nevertheless, as with any surgery, there are risks. These include infection, skin injury, excessive bleeding, adverse reaction to anaesthesia, and excessive fluid loss or accumulation. The procedure may also result in noticeable scars, permanent pigment changes in the breast area, or slightly mismatched breasts or nipples. If asymmetry is significant, a second procedure may be performed to remove additional tissue.
The temporary effects of breast reduction include loss of breast sensation or numbness, which may last up to a year.
RecoveryYou'll be swollen and bruised for a while after surgery. In fact, you may wonder if there's been any improvement at all. To help reduce swelling, you'll probably be instructed to wear an elastic pressure garment continuously for a week or two, and for a few weeks longer at night. Although the worst of your swelling will dissipate in the first few weeks, it may be three months or more before the final results of your surgery are apparent.
ResultsThe results of the procedure are significant and permanent. Following surgery for Gynaecomastia, you will have a more masculine chest contour.
Frequently Asked QuestionsQ. Who are not the best candidates for the surgery to correct Gynaecomastia?
A. Surgery may be discouraged for obese men, or for overweight men who have not first attempted to correct the problem with exercise or weight loss. Also, individuals who drink alcoholic beverages in excess or smoke are usually not considered good candidates for surgery. These drugs, along with anabolic steroids, may cause Gynaecomastia. Therefore, patients are first directed to stop the use of these drugs to see if the breast fullness will diminish before surgery is considered an option.
Q. How soon after the surgery can I resume my regular activities?
A. Back to work: 3 to 7 days. More strenuous activity: 2 to 3 weeks.