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Gynecomastia is a serious concern decreasing confidence levels in males. Male Breast reduction or Gynecomastia Surgery helps to remove the excess breast tissues and fat in order to contour the body shape. The main goal of this surgery is creating a flatter and firmer chest area with improved contours and minimal or virtually invisible scars. The surgery is usually done with the help of Liposuction and excision techniques to remove excess breast tissues. Due to Gynecomastia men feel social embarrassment and loss of confidence. 40-60% of men are suffering from this situation.
Gynecomastia may occur at any stage but this is very common during puberty. In most teenagers, it disappears on it’s own in couple of years. But in whom it persists, it becomes a cause of concern for them. Both breast glandular tissue and fat can increase the size of breasts in men and usually depend on the age of the patient as well as the underlying cause.
Less commonly, certain drugs and hormonal imbalance ( hormones responsible for sexual development) can cause gynecomastia. In the vast majority of cases there is no identifiable cause, and non-surgical treatments have no role in the treatment.
The Procedure: What does it involve?
The procedure involves the three types of technique depending upon the form of gynecomastia. In most of the cases the incision is made where the areola and chest skin meet. The incision is small and unnoticeable once faded. Some cases involve a repositioning of the nipple to a higher level. Liposuction may also be used to contour the chest.
Will I need to be hospitalized for the procedure?
Male breast reduction surgery can be performed as outpatient (Day care) and take only one to two hours. Surgery is performed under general anesthesia so the patient has to stay for 3-4 hours in hospital. After that if he feels well then he can go to home. In most of the cases there is no need to remain hospitalized.
What is recovery like?
Recovery will be almost immediate. You can do your normal activities after the surgery. After the Operation drain might be placed where an incision is made to avoid the collection of the fluid and blood under the skin. The dressing has to be removed after 1 day of your surgery. Stitches applied in the treatment area will dissolve naturally and require no removal. But if the stitches are not absorbable then you have to come for removal of stitches after 14 days.
You will be advised to wear a compression garment after the surgery. It gives support to the tissues and also helps re-draping of the excess skin so that desirable contours achieved during surgery stay for long.