What is the Gynecomastia Procedure?

Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia

For men who have gynecomastia, or enlarged breasts, there can be a lot of negative emotions. They may feel shame, insecurity or humiliation because of the large size of their male breasts. Nearly half of all men have some excess fat that is localized in breast tissue on one or both breasts. Over 65 percent of all disorders related to male breasts are due to gynecomastia. Surgery and liposuction are the procedures that are typically used for treatment of male breast disorders.

What is male breast reduction?

Men who have enlarged breasts can undergo a gynecomastia procedure in Northern NJ which removes the excess fat and tissue that contributes to enlarged male breasts. The breast can be reduced through the use of liposuction or it can be surgically removed. It normally takes about two hours to reduce the size of male breasts. Any excessive amounts of glandular tissue, fat or skin will be removed during the process. In many cases, surgery is used to remove all the excess tissue but it can also be used in conjunction with liposuction. If the enlarged male breast is the result of just extra fatty tissue, then liposuction may be the only procedure a plastic surgeon uses. This procedure will leave minimal scarring that is likely not even visible.

What to Expect After the Procedure

The results of surgery or liposuction for male breast reductions are basically considered to be permanent. However, should the patient gain weight or become obese post surgery, it is likely that there can be a return of the gynecomastia effect. The surgery will likely leave the male with a flatter, firmer chest which is more contoured in shape. There is not typically a lot of down time after surgery and in most cases the patient can return to work and other normal daily activities in about a week. This is of course unless their work involves particularly strenuous activities. Most of the time there is a little bit of scarring around the nipple following the procedure but over time it will continue to fade and will become unnoticeable. Right after the procedure it is typical for bruising and swelling to occur. Some men report that they have a burning sensation near the surgery site. In order to help improve and speed the healing process, the patient will likely be instructed to wear a pressure garment for 3 to 6 weeks following the procedure. They will also have to avoid exposing the area which is scarred to direct sunlight for at least 6 months following the surgery. Some patients complain of numbness or no sensation for up to a year following the procedure. There are not usually any complications associated with the procedure, but as with any surgical procedure infection, bleeding, changes in pigment, fluid accumulation or skin damage is possible. Most of the time the breasts will be symmetrical following surgery, but there are instances when asymmetry does occur. In these cases a second procedure might need to be scheduled in order to remove other tissue.

Who is a candidate for Gynecomastia Treatments?

A healthy male who maintains a normal weight can be a candidate for Gynecomastia treatments. The candidate must also be of the proper age to have the development of their breasts has stabilized and they must have some realistic expectations about the procedure. Generally speaking, the ideal candidate has firm skin that still has its elasticity so that it can properly reshape the body’s contour. It is possible that male teens can have Gynecomastia treatments in some instances. A teen is a candidate for the procedure only if they have had Gynecomastia for over 2 years and the problem is severe. In many cases this procedure will need to be repeated later on.

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