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What is Gynecomastia Surgery?

What is Gynecomastia Surgery?

The goal of gynecomastia surgery, also known as male breast reduction surgery (reduction mammaplasty), is to treat enlarged male breasts. Sometimes, the gynecomastia is severe enough to result in a drooping breast envelope and a breast lift may also be required.

The Procedure

Liposuction

A tiny metal cannula is used for suction assisted liposuction. With this method, there are minor, undetectable scars left from where the cannula was put. This method works well on breasts that have mild to moderate amounts of extra fatty tissue relative to glandular tissue and no excessive skin laxity.

Excision

Excess breast tissue or skin is directly excised. In this method, the incision site may vary. Your pre-operative doctor will determine the right spot for you. This technique is preferred in patients with moderate or severe gynecomastia surgery or if the nipple needs to be repositioned.

Combination

This technique combines the two aforementioned techniques.

Recovery After Surgery

The recovery period for patients who merely require liposuction to treat their enlarged male breasts is often shorter than one week. It can take between two and four weeks for patients who require surgical removal of the excess breast tissue to recuperate sufficiently to tolerate daily activities. Barring difficulties from surgery, they can return to the gym for weightlifting at 4 weeks and cardio at 2 weeks.

Is There Noticeable Scarring After Gynecomastia Surgery?

As long as the surgeon makes the incisions carefully and in the natural folds of the skin, the incision lines should fade considerably after surgery. Most men are happy to trade their enlarged breasts for barely noticeable scars.

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