Breast Reduction for Men

Breast Reduction for Men

What is male breast reduction surgery?

Known in medical terms as Gynecomastia Correction, the surgery is a cosmetic procedure that aims to effectively reduce or correct enlarged or excessively developed breasts in males. The condition is not necessarily associated with disease and can occur during any age group in men. Enlarged breasts in males can result from certain imbalances of the hormonal system, genetic characteristics and even the use of various drugs as side effects.

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Because of their feminine appearance, enlarged breasts frequently result in self esteem and confidence issues in men particularly on social and professional platforms. In many cases it has been observed that men with gynecomastia choose to avoid participation in social gathering, relationship as well as various events and activities to avoid embarrassment. Fortunately, Breast Reduction Surgery offers outstanding results in this case.

Some of the prominent features of gynecomastia include:

–          Fat accumulation in the chest region

–          Abnormally high development of glandular tissue

–          Combined accumulation of adipose and glandular tissues

–          Condition may affect either one or both breasts, that is, it may be bilateral or unilateral


What are the risks and complications of Breast Reduction Surgery?

Nearly all invasive surgical procedures have some risks and complications associated with them, and breast reduction surgeries for men are no exceptions.
Leading plastic surgeons around the world first hold consultation sessions with their patients in order to educate them about the different risks and complications that are associated with undergoing breast reduction surgeries, and acquire their complete consent prior to proceeding with the surgery.
Some of the complications and risks that are common before, during and after breast lift surgeries have been discussed as follows:

–          Biological reactions to anesthesia administration

–          Post-operative bleeding (also known as hematoma)

–          Abnormal accumulation of fluid within the body/tissues (also known as seroma)

–          Infection at the incision site

–          Post-Operative Pain

–          Altered functionality and sensations

–          Disproportion and loss of symmetry

–          Appearance of wrinkles on or around the mammary glands

–          Unfavorable post operative scarring

–          Abnormal thinning of the mammary gland tissues

–          Reparative surgery due to failure of surgery dissatisfaction of the patient

–          Damage to local nerves and vessels in the region

–          Damage to surrounding internal organs due to surgical accidents or improper handling/techniques

–          Formation of blood clots

–          Destruction of the fatty tissues in the region of surgery

–          Allergies to materials used during and after surgery

–          Excessive and undesirable firmness


What are the different steps of Breast Reduction Surgery?

Also known as the reduction mammoplasty, the gynecomastia correction surgery is practiced by leading plastic surgeons globally and holds promising results. The surgery aims to effective reduce the shape and size of the breasts restoring them to achieve a more masculine contour and flatness. The most prominent steps of the procedure have been discussed as follows:

  1. Administration of Anesthesia: Anesthesia is administrated before starting the procedure in order to ensure a painless experience for the patient. Breast reduction surgeries are typically performed on general anesthesia or complete sedation because they involve delicate and sensitive regions of the body and the elimination of pain and discomfort is absolutely essential. Based on your medical history, your surgeon will recommend the most suitable drugs and mode of administration for anesthesia.
  2. Performing the Liposuction: Because gynecomatia usually results from the accumulation of adipose and glandular tissues in the breast region, liposuction offers one of the most effective and efficient means of eliminating excess fat from the area. The procedure requires several minor incisions through which a cannula is passed. The cannula is basically used to detach the excess fat and glandular tissue to allow for rapid vacuum suction. There are a number of liposuction techniques that have been introduced that are applicable to this procedure. The selection of the ideal technique depends upon the surgeon’s preferences and the patient’s medical history.
  3. Excision: While liposuction is the most effective method of fat removal from the body, excision is the ideal choice in case of excess glandular tissue accumulation leading to gynecomastia. This technique is highly effective in cases of enlarged areola and can correct nipple positioning based on the natural contours of the body.
  4. Closing the Incisions: Breast reduction surgeries usually require minor incisions. Leading surgeons aim to create these incisions in areas where they can be concealed effectively by the body’s natural contour. In other cases, incisions are closed with the help of suitable sutures or skin adhesives.


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Recovery from Male Breast Reduction Surgery:

The results of the surgery are visible and evident once the patient regains consciousness. However, for complete successfully recovery, it is critical to follow all guidelines and instructions to avoid any complications. In case of any complications, the patients are advised to return to the medical centre immediately for management and treatment.
Bandages may be placed on the site of the incisions. Strenuous activity should be avoided, but light, regular exercise is highly recommended to ensure proper blood flow to the area which also promotes better healing.
Patients are also prescribed medication to relieve pain and prevent infection at the site of the surgery.

Results from Male Breast Reduction Surgery:

Breast Reduction Surgery offers remarkable results for men with gynecomastia. The procedure aims to restore a sense of self appreciation, boost confidence and eliminate self esteem issues in men associated with appearance. It allows men to confidently take part in all personal, professional and social activities.
Though the results of this surgery are long lasting, it is important to note that the appearance of the breasts my get altered by age changes and the lifestyle of the patient. In this case, or cases whereby patients are not satisfied with the results of the surgery, corrective/revisional surgeries can be performed for desired results.