Gynecomastia (Male Breasts)
MALE BREAST REDUCTION
Breast tissue can be present to varying degrees in males, resulting in an undesirable appearance. This can occur as a result of hormone changes caused by obesity, aging, drug use, or genetics. Rarely this can be caused by overactive hormone-secreting structures and investigation by your family doctor is recommended.
Surgical correction requires removal of fat and/or glandular tissue from the breasts using an incision that follows halfway along the lower border of your areola. Sometimes removal of excess skin requires longer, more visible incisions. Liposuction is commonly used as it improves the overall appearance, but it is not a benefit of the medical services plan. The result is a chest that is flatter, firmer, and more masculine. The best candidates for this surgery have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the body’s new contour.
After the surgery, you’ll need to wear a compression garment for several weeks. Occasionally drains are used. Any discomfort is well-managed with medication, and most men only require this for a few days. We will ask you to decrease your activities significantly for the first two weeks, and then gradually increase them over the following 4 weeks. Major repetitive arm motions should be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks.
1.5 – 2 hours
Temporary swelling, bruising, numbness, some pain
Asymmetry, seroma, hematoma, healing delay, skin necrosis, contour irregularity, numbness, infection
Light duties: 2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4-6 weeks
Permanent with stable weight