Gynecomastia Gynecomastia – Male Breast Reduction Do you want to look your best? You definitely are not alone. It is now more popular than ever for men to choose to have cosmetic surgery. And, studies have shown that the increasing rate of men having cosmetic surgery can be tied to career advancement. A typical procedure that men undergo is Gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction surgery. Gynecomastia, a medical word from the Greek words for “woman-like breasts,” affects ten percent of men. The condition generally only lasts for a few years for boys, and can typically be resolved by the time they turn 18. However, the condition can be much more uncomfortable for an older man, not to mention the possibility of social and psychological damage. Gynecomastia is often associated with medicinal causes, obesity or hormonal metabolism imbalance. If you are considering a surgical solution to gynecomastia, Dr. Daniel Man recommends a period of diet and exercise to determine if surgical intervention is required. How do I know if breast reduction surgery is right for me? A consultation with Dr. Man will allow you the opportunity to have a knowledgeable professional assess the nature of your breasts and the elasticity of your skin to determine the root cause Is Breast Reduction Surgery the right choice for me? Dr. Man will assess the nature of your breasts and elasticity of your skin to determine the cause of your breast enlargement. It may be caused by fatty tissue and/or glandular tissue. Dr. man will explain the male breast reduction treatment you can expect to receive and the surgical outcome you should anticipate. What Is The Recovery From Male Breast Reduction Surgery Like? Bed rest is recommended for the first day. You will experience some discomfort for several days. For the first few days after surgery you will wear surgical dressings which will be exchanged for a special compression garment. This will be worn for about 2 weeks. Most discomfort associated with breast surgery can be controlled with oral medication prescribed by Dr. Man. Antibiotics may also be prescribed. Most men experience some degree of swelling, bruising and tenderness. Most patients are back to work within the first week or two. Following your breast reduction surgery, you will enjoy a new, more pleasing shape. The Procedure Male breast reduction is performed in our facility under general anesthesia administered by an MD anesthesiologist. The procedure can last from one hour to three hours depending on the extent of the correction. Liposuction If your gynecomastia is primarily caused by fatty tissue, liposuction is usually the procedure of choice. Liposuction surgery is a procedure used to actually remove unwanted localized deposits of fat cells from the body. A cannula is inserted through a tiny incision placed in an inconspicuous location in the skin. Using a vacuum system attached to the cannula, excess fat cells are sucked out. The result is a resculpting of bulging breast into more attractive contours. Traditional Surgical Excision – may not be needed! If your gynecomastia is the result of a glandular disorder, liposuction alone is not likely to be adequate. Traditional excision may be a better option.The excision may be performed alone or with liposuction. Typically, the incision is placed on the edge of the areola or the underarm area. Dr. Man will work through these incisions to cut away the excess glandular tissue, fat and skin from the breast. If your reduction requires the removal of significant amounts of tissue, a larger excision may be required. However, Dr. Man developed a special method using Tickle Lipo, an advance form of liposuction, laser and an innovative way to cause skin retraction without a need for an excision. The Benefit: much less noticeable scars. See photo A. If you are considering Gynecomastia, or male breast reductions surgery, please call Dr. Man at 1 (888) 822-7543, or schedule an appointment online. He will be happy to discuss all available treatment options with you.