Male Breast Reduction

Overview

Enlarged breasts can be a source of embarrassment for teenaged boys and men, affecting their willingness to participate in certain physical activities and their self-esteem. Gynecomastia, the clinical name for enlarged male breasts, can affect both sides of the chest, only the nipple, or the entire pectoral area.  Gynecomastia is a benign enlargement of the male breast. It may be the result of adolescence, or secondary to hormonal imbalance, or be drug-induced. In approximately 60 to 70% of adolescent males, palpable breast tissue can be felt. You can correct the condition with male breast reduction surgery

 

The introduction of ultrasound liposuction (UAL) augmented with power liposuction (PAL) in this patient group has increased the effectiveness of the procedure. This is because the areas that are usually treated in men have dense fat compared to women. In the past, this has been difficult to treat. As noted above, gynecomastia occurs very commonly in adolescence.

 

Result

If your enlarged breasts are affecting your confidence, a male breast reduction procedure is something to consider. It’s important to remember that adolescents who are self-conscious about abnormal breasts should postpone surgery until they have finished developing. In many cases, the condition regresses to the point where corrective procedures aren’t necessary.

Good candidates for male breast reduction surgery have tried other remedies, are generally healthy, and are at a stable weight. Although excess fat tissue is one reason for enlarged breasts, there are often multiple causes of gynecomastia, including hormone imbalance and genetic conditions. Certain drugs, including steroids, have also been shown to abnormally increase breast size

 

Process

Liposuction is the first line of treatment for gynecomastia. Since the breast tissue is exceptionally fibrous and not as a fat containing as normal breast tissue, ultrasound assisted liposuction is usually used. Male breast reduction can also be combined with other body contouring procedures for certain patients. In patients with severe gynecomastia, a reduction type mammoplasty might be necessary with scars that accompany this procedure.

 

Post-Treatment Care

The patient is discharged from the hospital wearing a compressive garment to minimize pain and swelling. This garment can be discarded after approximately 4 days. Sutures are removed at one week. Occasionally if an open approach is used drains may be placed, remaining for approximately 2 to 3 days.

 

Downtime

For the first 2 weeks following all types of surgery, Precision Medical recommends that patients avoid heavy lifting or straining in order to minimize the chance for post-op bleeding.   After that time, full activity as tolerated is allowed for all procedures.

 Full healing strength returns only after 6 weeks, so heavy body contact should be minimized until that point.