Gynaecomastia is an enlargement of the male breast due to overgrowth of glandular and/or fatty tissue that can occur in boys or men, and is commonly caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. This can affect either one or both breasts, sometimes to an uneven extent. Other causes may involve supplements taken by bodybuilders and weight lifters as well as consumption of THC. This condition can cause much embarrassment for male patients and results in poor self-esteem and a negative body image
Before you consider undergoing any surgical procedure, a physical examination and consultation will take place with our surgical expert. Because each patient is unique, both physically and with regards to aesthetic desires, an individually tailored treatment plan is formulated based on detailed discussions of the most up to date surgical options available. Photographs are taken and diagrams used to explain the procedure in a step-by-step manner including limitations and possible risks.
The main goal is to provide you with realistic expectations. The technique used depends on the size of the enlarged breast and skin elasticity. At this time possible underlying endocrine conditions are addressed, which can rarely be a cause for gynaecomastia, as is the rare occurrence of breast cancer.
We employ the most up to date concepts in our surgical techniques.
The operation for correction of gynaecomastia is performed under general anaesthesia. The technique applied is based on individual patient parameters, anatomical characteristics and most importantly the size of the enlarged breast and quality of skin.
For some patients with a modest enlargement of the tissues liposuction alone through 2-4 small incision sites may suffice. In cases with more significant breast enlargement an additional skin incision just beneath the nipple may be needed to remove the excess breast tissue. Additional liposuction permits meticulous contouring of the chest wall. In rare cases when the breast is extremely enlarged, excision of skin excess may be needed following breast gland removal. In general, scars for the correction of male breast enlargement tend to be inconspicuous, so as to avoid any associated stigmas.
Post Operative Care
After the surgery, the wounds will be covered with sterile dressings. Sometimes two drains are placed. They are removed 1-2 days postoperatively. The patient is asked to wear a compression vest for 6 weeks. Mobilization after the surgery is possible however strenuous physical activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least 4-6 weeks.
There will be some degree of bruising and swelling, which tends to subside gradually over a few weeks. Skin recoil may require up to 6 months. Males who are particular about the appearance of their chest, including bodybuilders and fitness athletes, can benefit significantly from this procedure.
FAQ: Male Breast Reduction Surgery
How Long After A Gynecomastia Operation Can I Resume Sports Activity?
Immediately after surgery patients should refrain from straining, lifting heavy objects, and repetitive arm and shoulder movements. Also, using your pectoral chest muscles excessively, such as doing push-ups or bench pressing, should also be avoided for at least 2 to 4 weeks after gynecomastia surgery. This can be adjusted based on progression of wound healing.