Gynecomastia Surgery is a surgical procedure for male breast reduction; it is the removal of breast tissue and may require liposuction of fat cells in the breast.
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Male gynecomastia can arise from excessive amounts of fat in the male breast that can develop as a result of hereditary issues, diet and environmental factors. It can also occur from an increased growth in male glandular breast tissue.
Although breast cancer in men is uncommon, just like female breast surgery, pre-operative evaluation mammography and imaging are important to rule out any abnormalities that may be serious and require medical therapy.
Once it is established that you are a candidate for male gynecomastia surgery, the procedure is most often performed under IV sedation and local anesthetic. General anesthesia is not usually required for male breast reduction surgery.
For significant over development and droopiness of the breast, a formal breast lift mastopexy (removal and lift) procedure may be required. The breast lift mastopexy scar extends around and then under the areola to the under fold of the breast. Scarring can be significant from this treatment approach, so more minimal access male gynecomastia breast reduction incisions and approaches are preferable.
Traditional liposuction (SAL) may be preformed to remove the non glandular fatty tissue components of the male gynecomastia, which has the advantages of minimal scarring. Some surgeons combine this with a small incision around the areola with direct excision of the glandular tissue under the areola.
Newer techniques such as SmartLipo, Vaser or BreastTite may be used. All of these minimally invasive, small incision options involve inserting a cannula and probe through a small access port into the breast tissue. Removal and extraction of the breast and fatty tissue follows. Heat to the under surface of the skin in the male breast results in significant decrease for big scars.
At the completion of your male gynecomastia breast reduction procedure, the postoperative treatment of the scars occurs in our laser medical skincare spa using low level laser light for rapid improvement and minimization of post liposuction irregularities are part of your package.
The SpaMedica Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Facility is a 24 hour overnight stay facility certified by the Canadian Association of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities. Most patients do not require overnight care, but male gynecomastia breast reduction patients who do other ancillary treatments and procedures such as BodyTite™ liposuction for love handles, abdomen, or VASER® liposuction and SmartLipo may require overnight stay and constant monitoring in our safe and certified facility.
The benefits of male breast reduction or gynecomastia surgery include both physical changes and psychological. The physical changes are aesthetically appealing breasts that are more masculine and firmer. Psychological benefit of male breast reduction includes increase in self-esteem and decrease in insecurity. No more feeling embarrassed at the beach.
Additional procedures that can be performed at the same time and may enhance the result are liposuction of the abdomen and love handles (common).
Risks and Complications
The risks and complications for the male breast reduction or gynecomastia surgical procedure are the following;
- Adverse complications to anesthesia due to allergies
- Breast Assymmetry
- Loss of nipple sensation
After Care Instructions and Expectations
Only perform light activities for the first couple weeks. No strenuous activities for at least three weeks following the surgery. A chest compression garment is advised for about 7-10 days continuously as it helps reduce swelling and helps you achieve the final result more quickly. Intermittent garment compression will be needed for 4 weeks. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Bruising and swelling usually subside in 2-6 weeks. Initial noticeable improvement can be seen within days and the final result takes shape over several months.
For long lasting results, take care of your body and follow a healthy diet. Once Dr. Mulholland approves of you doing strenuous activities, perform exercises that improves chest definition.
Cost and Payment Options
The procedure is considered cosmetic and, therefore, is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment. Speak to out SpaMedica staff regarding financing options.
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