Gynecomastia (also known as "man-boobs") is a fairly common condition in men and adolescent boys where the breast tissue is abnormally large. It affects 40%-60% of the male population. In the vast majority of cases, gynecomastia is not a serious problem. However, it may be psychologically difficult to cope with and can affect self-esteem. Fortunately, this condition can be effectively treated by liposuction and/or by surgically removing excess breast tissue.
It can give you a firmer, flatter, more sculpted chest.
Male breast reduction is a good choice for men with enlarged brearsts who are in good health and are at or close to a normal weight (it is not a weight reduction procedure).
On your first visit to The Plastic Surgery Group, your plastic surgeon will help you determine which techniques will benefit you and will discuss the surgery in detail during your consultation. Your options may include skin tightening, liposuction, and minimal scar approaches.
Day surgery time 30 min - 4 hours
Recovery room up to 2 hours
May resume simple activities within a couple days.
Return to work 1 week - 1 month
The procedure involves day surgery with a general anesthetic You will be able to go home a couple of hours after the anesthetic wears off but should have someone drive you home. Parts of this procedure may be covered by your health insurance; however, for many patients, this is considered a private or cosmetic procedure.
If you have a very physical job, we recommend taking 2 weeks off. If your job is fairly sedentary or you are a student, you may return to it in as early as one week, You need to avoid activities that may increase your blood pressure, such as running or working out, until at least 4-6 weeks after surgery.
There will be some post-operative bruising, swelling, and burning sensation as well as scarring around the nipple of the breast (areola), which will fade over time. Other (infrequent) complications could include anesthetic reaction, temporary numbness, or lack of sensation that could last up to a year, infection, skin damage, fluid accumulation, bleeding, and scarring or pigment changes. Post-operative asymmetry, while rare, is possible; a second procedure may be needed to remove additional tissue.
The direct excision of breast tissue is covered under the health plan. If you want or need more contouring outside the margins of the excision via liposuction, this procedure is not covered under the health plan and will be discussed at the time of consultation.
To learn more about how you may benefit from male breast reduction or to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, please contact our Surrey office today.