The enlargement of a male’s breasts/breast is referred to as Gynecomastia. To correct over-developed or enlarged breasts in the male, surgery is available.
The fact of the matter is that Gynecomastia is found in men of all ages and is truly a common condition which can occur due to a number of different factors such as certain disease, the use of specific drugs and hormonal changes. Gynecomastia is also hereditary. Men with this condition often deal with emotional discomfort and a dwindling self-confidence. Many look to avoid intimacy and also stay away from physical activities as well in an effort to conceal the condition.
The condition might be present in both breasts (bilaterally) or in one breast(unilaterally). Among the characteristics of Gynecomastia are:
- Excess development of glandular tissue
- Excess fat that is confined to a specific area
= A combination of fat and excess glandular tissue
Quite a few men find themselves wondering if reduction mammoplasty surgery is the correct choice for them to make. The most important consideration should be whether or not it is the man’s personal choice to have it done and not that he is doing it for someone else. What the surgery does is reduce the breast size of the man which results in flattening and enhancing the chest’s contours.
In the case male breast reduction for an adolescent, they can certainly benefit from having this surgery but can find in the future a secondary procedure will be necessary if the development of the breasts continues to go on. The best scenario for one considering this surgery is when the breasts are no longer developing.
The ideal candidate to go for this procedure is that person who:
- Does not have the option of correcting the problem through any other available alternatives.
- Does not have any illness or medical condition of any sort that might interfere with the healing process.
- Has expectations that are realistic ones in regard to the surgery’s outcome.
- Maintains a weight that is relatively a normal one.
- Does not use drugs and is a non-smoker.
- Is truly bothered and concerned with the breast size.
Those with a case of Gynecomastia which is severe will have breasts sagging quite a bit. It is the excess breast tissue weight which causes this and then also causes the dark skin surrounding the nipple known as areola to also stretch. If this is in fact so, the surgeon can reposition and resize the areola during the surgery on the breast.
The patient will be administered anesthesia during the surgery by an anesthesiologist. Possible choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia.
To achieve the results desired when glandular breast tissue or excess skin must be removed, or the nipple repositioned or the areola reduced, the surgeon recommends an excision technique.
Very often if excess fatty tissue is the cause of the Gynecomastia, the only technique the surgeon may use is liposuction. When that procedure is employed a thin tube(cannula)is inserted into the breast by the surgeon via a few minute incisions. In a controlled motion he then moves the cannula back and forth loosening the excess fat which he then vacuums from the body. In some cases the surgeon might choose to employ excision and liposuction techniques together.
Scarring- The body’s natural contours will hide many incision lines incurred by the surgery but some may in fact remain visible.