Gynecomastia is a medical term that comes from the Greek words for “woman-like breasts.” While the description may sound unusual, this condition actually affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men. It may be uncomfortable to talk about but it's actually quite common for men to seek help for this condition. If you're struggling with this, you're not alone – let's talk. The surgeons at the Centre for Plastic Surgery are experts in male breast reduction surgery for the treatment of gynecomastia.
The cause of gynecomastia is unknown in most cases, but certain medication and medical problems have been linked to male breast over development. If you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your chest, despite regular diet and exercise, you may want to consider male breast reduction surgery. Men who undergo this surgery wish to achieve a flatter, firmer and more contoured chest. Not only can it enhance your physique, but it can also boost your confidence and self-image by giving you the masculine figure you desire.
We're here to listen. When you call us for the first time, we'll talk through all your questions about gynecomastia. We'll figure out together if a consultation is the next best step for you. This consultation is a chance to learn more about Male Breast Reduction, see examples of previous patients' results and ask any questions you may have. Your concerns matter to us and we're here to help.
In cases where glandular tissue is the primary cause of enlargement, our skilled surgeons will excise the excess tissue with a scalpel. This can be done alone or in combination with liposuction. Our surgeons will make an incision in a discreet location, either on the edge of the areola or in the underarm area. The excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin will then be carefully removed from around the areola and the sides and bottom of the breast. For larger reductions, a larger incision may be necessary, resulting in more conspicuous scars.
For cases where excessive fatty tissue is the primary cause of enlargement, our surgeons will use liposuction to remove the excess fat. A small incision, less than half an inch long, will be made around the edge of the areola or in the underarm area. Our skilled surgeons will then use a slim hollow tube, called a cannula, to gently suction out the excess fat.
Taking proper care of your surgical incisions is crucial for a smooth recovery. Avoiding excessive pressure, swelling, abrasion, and movement is key. Having a reliable caregiver by your side on surgery day and for the next few days will ensure the best possible outcome for your healing.
We're here to support you every step of the way during your recovery from Male Breast Reduction surgery. In the first days, dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions, and you may need to wear an elastic bandage or support garment to minimize swelling and help your new chest contour heal. Our team may also temporarily place a small tube under your skin to drain any excess blood or fluid.
We'll provide you with clear and detailed instructions on how to care for your surgical site and drains, along with any medications you may need to take to aid in healing and prevent infection. We'll also make sure to address any concerns you have and monitor your general health closely. Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or need additional guidance – we're here to help you get the best possible outcome from your surgery.
The first phase of recovery usually takes about one to two weeks. You'll need to take some time off work to focus on rest and recovery. Once you've had enough time to rest, it's okay to go back to work. However, keep in mind that your routine may be restricted for the first six weeks or so.
The best candidates for breast reduction surgery are healthy, non-smoking adults at a stable weight who are bothered by the enlarged size of their breasts. We welcome patients who have a positive outlook and specific goals for improvement. Our compassionate team is here to guide you towards realistic expectations and address any potential contributing factors.
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