Breast Reduction for Men (Gynecomastia)
Increasingly more men are trending to cosmetic surgery to look younger, feel better about themselves and even help with their careers. The body, goals, and temperaments of a man is significantly different from that of a woman. Men want a well defined and enhanced angular shape on both their face and body. Men desire a look that is youthful and vibrant, instead of “beautiful.” Some men have larger breasts than the “average” male. The medical term for this rather common condition is Gynecomastia, affecting an increasing percentage of men in the United States.
Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men. It may affect only one breast or both. Though certain drugs and medical problems have been linked with male breast over-development, there is no known cause in the vast majority of cases.
The Gyncecomastia Procedure:
If excess glandular tissue is the primary cause of the breast enlargement, the excess tissue will be removed with a scalpel. The excision may be performed alone or in conjunction with liposuction. In a typical procedure, an incision is made in an inconspicuous location— either on the edge of the areola (the dark skin around the nipple) or in the under arm area. Working through the incision, the surgeon cuts away the excess glandular tissue, fat and skin from around the areola and from the sides and bottom of the breast. Major reductions that involve the removal of a significant amount of tissue and skin may require larger incisions that may result in more conspicuous scars.
In extreme cases where large amounts of fat or glandular tissue have been removed, skin may not adjust well to the new smaller breast contour. In these cases, excess skin may have to be removed to allow the remaining skin to firmly re-adjust to the new breast contour.
If liposuction is used in addition to excision, the cannula, a slim hollow tube is usually inserted through the existing incisions. If only liposuction is required, an incision less than one-half inch in length is made around the areola or in the underarm area. The cannula is inserted and, using a vacuum pump, the surgeon moves through the layers beneath the skin, removing fatty tissue and suctioning the fat from the body. There is generally no pain involved, but some feeling of vibration or friction may be experienced.
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