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Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is enlargement of breast tissue in men. It is a common problem that can happen at any stage of life. There might be enlargement of either one or both breasts. There can be several causes of this problem. However, there is no known cause of the enlargement of breast tissue in men.

The condition like female breasts or ‘man boobs’ can be a cause for embarrassment for men in daily life. It is now possible for you to save yourself from this embarrassment by opting for the gynecomastia surgery. Gynecomastia surgery, also known as male breast reduction surgery, can help you regain a masculine chest.

Different Degree or Type of Gynecomastia

Male breasts or gynecomastia or ‘woman-like breasts’ is a common physical abnormality that can happen in men. In some cases, it is also linked to obesity. Physically, it is a flaw seen in the appearance and shape of the chest of an averaged size man. It is possible to treat this condition with the procedure called Gynecomastia – also known as the male breast reduction for men. This type of surgery is also known as man boobs correction surgery.

Men who suffer from this condition often face embarrassment to participate in sports activities, swimming or wearing a certain type of outfits. It can be associated with lifestyle disorder, excessive medication, obesity or hormonal imbalance.

Procedure

Surgery can be categorized as:

  • Invasive techniques: Here the breast glandular tissue is resected using peri or trans-areolar incisions.
  • Minimally invasive techniques: This includes endoscopic procedures and axillary incision approach.

This is usually done to remove the extra fat in the chest to give a masculine chest. At times, to remove the superfluous fibrous tissue, surgical excision is also done in the breast area. This procedure aids in removing the superfluous fibrous tissue which could not be removed with liposuction. The operation is rather simple with minimal scarring, no side-effects, and long-lasting results. Future relapse or need for another surgery is a rather rare phenomenon.

The procedure is done under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. A small incision is made, which is elliptical or circular, on the lower half of the nipple area complex. Through this incision, all the extra fat is sucked out. In cases, where the tissue is glandular than fatty, the breast tissue is also removed.

What to expect during the recovery period following surgical correction for Gynecomastia?

After the surgical correction of Gynecomastia, your breast will be covered with a gauze dressing. You will be instructed to wear a pressure garment to minimize swelling and bruising. A drainage tube will be inserted to collect blood and fluid which will be removed after a couple of days following surgery. You may be hospitalized overnight and allowed to go home the next morning. It is common to experience some pain and tenderness for the first few weeks after the surgical correction of Gynecomastia which will eventually subside. There may also be some degree of swelling or bruising. Your dressing will be removed in about 2 - 4 days however; your stitches will be removed after about 3 weeks following the surgery. You will be advised to avoid lifting anything heavy or pushing for the next several weeks although you can resume your non-strenuous daily activities with caution within a week after surgical correction for Gynecomastia. Complete healing generally takes about 3 months after surgery.

Expected Results

Most men are pleased with the results achieved through surgical correction. The results of the man boob surgery permanently give you a flat, firm and more masculine-looking chest.

Benefits of surgical correction for Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia can make you self conscious and as a result, you may avoid gym classes, athletic activities, and swimming or beach activities and may resort to hiding your abnormal body image with clothes. Surgical correction for Gynecomastia will improve your body image, will boost your self-confidence and self-esteem and you will be able to enjoy the freedom of participating in sports and activities that expose your chest without being self-conscious or embarrassed.