Male Breast Reduction
The medical terminology for male breast reduction is either gynecomastia, or reduction mammaplasty and this procedure involves removing excess breast tissue. Breast reduction may involve a number of different associated medical procedures such as; excision of breast tissue, skin, and liposuction may be necessary.
Gynecomastia is the overgrowth of breasts in men. This can occur at any age and may be due to hormonal changes, aging, obesity, or the use of certain drugs. Overly large breasts may include: the development of firm breast tissue, subcutaneous fat, or excess breast skin. Gynecomastia can lead to low self confidence causing stress and anxiety.
What is Involved in a Typical Male Breast Reduction?
This procedure includes the removal of glandular breast tissue via an incision at the junction of the areola and chest wall. Often liposuction is performed after the operation to improve the contour postoperatively. If a significant amount of excess skin exists, Dr. Anzarut will remove this during the procedure, however this is not very common.
Would I make a good Candidate for Male Breast Reduction?
When you arrive for your consultation, you will be assessed and it will be determined as to what type of breast reduction is appropriate. An ideal candidate for male breast reduction is a non-smoker, physically healthy, and has a relatively stable weight.
What Can I do to Get Ready for a Male Breast Reduction?
Being a non-smoker and achieving a desirable result are directly correlated. You should also avoid medications such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and certain herbal medications that can increase bleeding, for at least two weeks before the operation. A healthy weight is another important factor to achieve the best possible outcome.
Recovery from a Male Breast Reduction
After the operation, breasts may be numb because of the local anesthetic which usually lasts for six to eight hours. Pain medication will usually be used during recovery. A compression garment will be provided to wear for approximately six weeks which helps reduce the risk of hematoma, or blood clotting. Occasionally drains may be used for the first week after the surgery. Finally, to avoid a hematoma, any moderate to heavy lifting should be avoided for at least three weeks after the operation.
Timberlea Services Centre offers a wide variety of procedures. We strongly suggest you book an initial consult with Dr Anzarut to discuss what your goals are. He will review all of your options with you and answer any questions or concerns that you might have. You can call our office or request a consultation online.