Male Breast Reduction
Gynecomastia, or excess development of breast tissue,
occurs in as many as 40 - 60% of men. The cause is not
always known, but the incidence increases with certain
drugs (digitalis, anabolic steroids, Tagamet, and
spironolactone), use of marijuana or alcohol, and
obesity. This condition can cause extreme embarrassment,
social inhibition and self-consciousness for boys and
men who suffer from it
What some of the most common benefits of male breast
This procedure can improve the appearance of the chest
in cases where diet and exercise have failed. The
results of the procedure are significant and permanent.
Most men who have had surgery for gynecomastia have been
very satisfied with the results.
How is breast reduction done?
The type of procedure used by your surgeon will depend
on the degree of breast enlargement. The options include
removal of the tissue under the breast, or liposuction
of the chest wall. In both instances, a small elliptical
incision is made on the lower half of the nipple area
(areola). For those men with tissue that is more
glandular in nature, all breast tissue directly under
the nipple is removed.
If the tissue is more fatty in nature, liposuction can
provide excellent results. In some people, ultrasonic
assisted liposuction is an excellent approach. During
liposuction, a small suction rod (cannula) is inserted
into the incision to remove fat and other tissue.
In some cases, a repeat procedure is necessary to remove
tissue that was missed during the first procedure. In a
few cases, if there is a large amount of extra skin, it
may be necessary to remove this tissue, which may result
in a large scar.
All surgery has some potential risks, including the
risks of bleeding, reaction to the anesthetic, and
infection. In this surgery, serious complications are
quite rare. Other risks include:
Like all body contouring surgery, it is possible that
either too much or too little tissue can be removed. In
these cases, a second procedure may be necessary.
- Excessive fluid loss, leading to shock
- Injury to the skin
- Rippling of the skin
- Excessive scarring
- Pigmentation changes
- Altered sensation
- Insufficient tissue removed
How long do the results last?
The improvement from this procedure is permanent, but
weight gain or use of certain drugs could result in