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Male breast reduction is a surgical procedure to correct Gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts. Gynecomastia may affect one or both breasts and occurs as a result of heredity, illness, hormonal changes, certain medications, or other factors. Male breast reduction provides men with a more masculine chest contour that is in better proportion to the rest of their body.
If you are considering male breast reduction surgery, you should be in good health, with enlarged breasts that have not responded to conservative treatment methods. You should be a nonsmoker and weigh a reasonable amount for your height. To ensure satisfaction, you must fully understand the male breast reduction procedure, its intended results, and any associated risks.
You will consult with a plastic surgeon to determine your candidacy for male breast reduction surgery. He or she will evaluate your chest and review your medical history. If you qualify for male breast reduction surgery, your plastic surgeon will develop a surgical plan which will be explained to you in great detail.
To ensure you can safely withstand male breast reduction surgery, medical testing will be necessary several weeks beforehand. At this point, certain medications may need to be stopped and additional medications may be prescribed to promote postsurgical healing. Additional instructions will be provided for the night before and the day of your procedure. Someone will need to accompany you to the surgical center to take you home and care for you the first day after surgery.
Male breast reduction surgery is usually performed in about an hour and a half using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, incisions are made at either the underarm or the areola. Then, a scalpel is used to remove extra glandular tissue. Liposuction may also be performed to remove excess fatty tissue; this is done with a cannula inserted into the incisions. After the proper amount of fat has been removed, incisions are closed with stitches and drainage tubes may be placed at the incision sites.
Patients typically return home the same day as their male breast reduction procedure. For the first few days after surgery, you may experience pain and discomfort; this can be minimized with painkillers. You will be encouraged to walk around the same day as your procedure. Stitches will be removed within two weeks after male breast reduction surgery. Exercise and heavy lifting will need to be avoided for about a month after surgery, and swelling may persist for up to three months. Your plastic surgeon will provide you with specific instructions regarding your return to work and other regular activities.
Male breast reduction surgery is a relatively safe procedure; however, all surgical procedures carry a slight risk of complications. These may include persistent pain, fat necrosis, infection, adverse reactions to the anesthesia, nerve damage, or fluid accumulation. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon will minimize the occurrence of complications and increase the likelihood of a successful procedure.
To learn more about male breast reduction surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeon. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens, Long Island, New York City, Bergen County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.