Male Breast Reduction

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Breast reduction surgery, also called reduction mammoplasty, is often performed on men with a condition called gynecomastia in which a man's breasts become over-developed and enlarged. Gynecomastia can occur at any age from a variety of causes. With gynecomastia there is excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue development which is often distressing and uncomfortable for men and results in a poor body image. Even if the fat is reduced through weight loss, excess glandular tissue and skin may cause sagging of the breasts.

The areola and nipple may also become enlarged. Breast reduction surgery involves surgically removing excess tissue. The areola and nipple are resized and repositioned. Often, a liposuction technique is used to remove the excess tissue through several small incisions. After the surgery, a small tube may be inserted to allow fluid to drain from the area and will be removed later. A general or intravenous anesthetis used for the patient's comfort. Patients often leave the hospital the same day, but it is possible they may have to stay up to two nights for observation in certain cases.

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A male breast reduction procedure treats gynecomastia (breast growth in men). The condition is caused by a hormonal imbalance, which can affect any man, regardless of age, size, and weight. Patients who suffer with gynecomastia cannot target the area with exercise. The development of male breasts may also be the result of obesity. Some cases of male breast development can be treated with non-surgical methods such as a change in diet, increase of exercise, and radiation therapy. However, when such methods do not work, many patients seek the surgical removal of the breasts.

The surgery involves making an incision in the breast and removing the breast tissue. Recommended for Gynecomastia Enlarged male breasts Breast tissue that cannot be reduced by weight loss Time requirements Number of days in hospital 1 - 2 days Average length of stay abroad 1 weeks. Patients may have to stay in the country to have sutures removed after 7 days, however the clinic can advise on whether this is necessary. For many men with gynecomastia, a breast reduction restores confidence. 

Patients should consult with the doctor to establish the best cause of treatment for their condition.

Most doctors will advise patients with male breasts which are caused by lifestyle factors, to attempt to resolve the problem with diet and exercise.

If non-surgical methods are unsuccessful or will not work in certain cases, then surgery should be discussed.,

The surgical procedure involves the removal of excess fat and glandular tissue in breast. An incision is made around the nipple (areola) and any excess fat and tissue are removed with liposuction.

If there is not a lot of tissue to remove, then the surgeon may make a larger incision, extending from the nipple down towards the chest, as it may also be necessary to reposition the nipples.

Anesthesia General anesthetic. Procedure duration The Male Breast Reduction takes 1 to 2 hours. In some patients, excess skin is cut away and the nipple is repositioned.,

Post procedure care After the procedure, it is recommended to rest and relax for a couple of days, and surgical drains may be needed to remove fluid from the surgical site. The surgeon will usually provide a compression bandage to be worn for the first month, but patients can go about their normal activities in this time.

Possible discomfort After surgery, patients generally experience mild to moderate discomfort. Swelling and bruising are normal after surgery and will start to subside in a few weeks.,

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