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Gynaecomastia

Overview

Gynecomastia is a term that is used to refer to the swelling of breast tissues in men. In most of the cases, there is no known cause for this condition, and it is mostly attributed to an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone. Breast reduction surgery for men can help correct the appearance of Gynecomastia. In this procedure, any excess tissue is removed from the breasts.

The Procedure

The breast has two main components, i.e. the dense and firm glandular tissue as well as the soft fatty tissue, the ratio of which may vary with each individual. Gynecomastia is a condition that may cause an excess of both types of tissues. If the main excess is off the fatty tissue, a liposuction is the usual treatment that is followed for the reduction surgery. If the breast enlargement is primarily caused due to excess of glandular tissue, it will need to be cut out using a scalpel. This excision will leave a scar, generally around the nipple, and can be performed in conjunction with a liposuction as well. If the procedure requires the removal of a significant amount of skin and tissue, a larger incision may be needed, which will leave a more obvious scar. The surgery for male breast reduction is performed either under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia.

The right candidate for male breast reduction surgery

Men who have enlarged breasts and tend to feel a little apprehensive about their appearance are the ideal candidates for a male breast reduction surgery.

Recovery

After the breast reduction surgery, your chest will remain bruised and swollen for a while, which makes it hard to assess the effect of the procedure completely. To help the patient with the swelling, it is often advised that they don an elastic pressure garment all the time for up to six weeks. The wound will be checked by your doctor after about 7 – 10 days of the surgery. The patient will also have a follow-up surgeon’s appointment after 6 weeks of the surgery, followed by appointments as often as deemed necessary. It is of prime importance to attend all the post-operative appointments. It is also advised that the patient avoid any type of exercise for up to 3 weeks after the surgery. Recovery generally takes approximately 6 weeks for the patient to return to their daily activities.

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