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While the term is relatively unknown, gynecomastia is an incredibly common condition, affecting over 50% of men. The benign condition refers to the development of glandular tissue in male breasts, resulting in the appearance of female-like breasts. This can lead many men to feel self-conscious about their appearance and embarrassed.
Gynecomastia can develop due to a range of causes. Many men will develop the condition in adolescents as their hormones begin to fluctuate, while others will find the condition develops as they age, due to a reduction in testosterone, and an increase in body fat. Gynecomastia can also be caused by certain medications and diseases; therefore it is essential that you speak with your doctor to rule out any other medical conditions before undergoing the procedure.
If you feel self-conscious or embarrassed about the appearance of your breasts, gynecomastia surgery may be able to help. The ideal candidate for the procedure will be in good health with stable breast development and be able to maintain their body weight. It is also beneficial if a candidate has firm skin with good elasticity as this will improve the final results.
While the procedure is more commonly performed on adult males, teenagers can also undergo the procedure if their condition is severe, or their gynecomastia has persisted for over two years.
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, under a general anesthetic or local anesthetic with sedation. While surgical times may vary, most procedures are completed within 1.5 hours.
Before undergoing the procedure, your doctor will discuss the different techniques that could be used. These include excision and liposuction – although these techniques can also be used in combination. When glandular tissue is the primary concern excision is ideal. This involves an incision being made along the edge of the nipple or near the underarm so the surgeon can access glandular tissue to remove it. If there is a substantial amount of fatty tissue, liposuction may be more appropriate, requiring a hollow tube called a cannula being inserted into the breast to suction out the fat.
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Though the exact cause is not always known, gynecomastia has been linked to certain medications, hormonal imbalance and steroid use.
Exercise can reduce excess stored fat on the chest; however, it has no effect on the dense glandular tissue caused by gynecomastia. Some men are dismayed to find that no matter how hard or often they exercise, their breasts do not get smaller.
The only way to reverse gynecomastia is through male breast reduction surgery. During the operation, the surgeon uses a combination of liposuction and excision techniques to remove fat and glandular tissue. Excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is tightened over the chest. The nipple-areolar complex can be reduced and relocated higher on the breast, if needed.
Recovery varies by patient and the scope of their procedure. Most patients return to work and socializing after about a week. Light exercise can be resumed two weeks after surgery and more strenuous activities four to six weeks after surgery.
As long as the surgeon makes the incisions carefully and in the natural folds of the skin, the incision lines should fade considerably after surgery. Most men are happy to trade their enlarged breasts for barely noticeable scars.
In most cases, the results of gynecomastia surgery are long-term. However, weight gain, steroid or drug use and hormone fluctuations may lead to a recurrence of gynecomastia. Your doctor can provide more information about maintaining the results of surgery in a consultation.