HOW MALE BREAST REDUCTION IS PERFORMED?

An incision is made in the areola, the dark area surrounding the nipple, or in the armpit. Fat and glandular tissues are removed to create a chest that is flatter and firmer, contributing to a more masculine contour. Liposuction may be performed in conjunction with male breast reduction.

The procedure lasts for over an hour and the patient can return to work in about 3 to 7 days. However, Swelling and bruising may last for about 3 to 6 weeks. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 2 to 3 weeks post-surgery.

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RISKS, COMPLICATIONS & SIDE EFFECTS

Risks include infection, fluid accumulations, injury to the skin, rippling or bagginess of skin, and asymmetry. These are extremely rare.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is male breast reduction?

Male breast reduction is a procedure which can reduce the size of enlarged male breasts, making them flatter, firmer and better contoured. During the surgery, excess fat and glandular tissue are removed from the breasts and, if necessary, excess skin may be removed as well.

Am I a candidate for male breast reduction? Am I too young to have gynecomastia surgery?

Candidates for male breast reduction include men who are looking to improve the appearance of an enlarged breast. It’s also important that male breast reduction candidates be in good physical health, psychologically stable and have realistic expectations. Many patients undergoing this surgery are affected by gynecomastia, a medical condition characterized by over development of the male breast which affects an estimated 40% to 60% of men. The most important question you should ask yourself is: does the condition bother you both psychologically and physically. Should the answer be positive, you should consider surgery and start to gather information that will help you make an intelligent decision.
In general, we recommend you wait until the age of 18 years. There are some circumstances where a person should consider it earlier. Should you be unable to make this decision, do consult Dr. Viral Desai or a board-certified plastic surgeon.

How is the surgery performed?

The male breast reduction surgery begins by making incisions which may be made on the edge of the areola or in the area of the underarm. Working through the incisions, excess glandular tissue and fat are removed from around the areola and from the sides and bottom of the breasts. Excess skin may also be removed. Liposuction alone may be used if there is only excess fatty tissue. This procedure takes an average of one to one-and-a-half hours to perform.

Are there any scars?

The incisions made for the male breast reduction surgery will result in scars. However, they are usually placed in a well-concealed location on the edge of the areola or in the underarm area. Incisions and resulting scars may be smaller if only excess fatty tissue is to be removed or they may be larger if a major reduction is required.

Will I have pain that will require medication?

Some discomfort may occur during the first few days after the surgery. Usually, pain is minimal, but since we want to make sure you will be comfortable, we do provide you with a prescription for pain medication.

How much time should I take off from work or school?

This depends on the type of work you do and the extent of the surgical procedure. Usually it’s between 3 and 10 days, but healing time varies for each individual and should be discussed during your consultation.

What sort of recovery is there after male breast reduction surgery?

After male breast reduction, bandages or dressings may be applied to the breasts. In some cases, a small drainage tube may be applied to the incision site as well. Patients can expect some degree of swelling and bruising. The swelling may disguise the improvement at first but should fade within a few weeks. A compression garment may need to be worn for about one to two weeks after the surgery.

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