Gynecomastia refers to enlargement of male breast tissue. It commonly occurs due to hormonal imbalances due to disturbances in the endocrine system of the body. Sometimes intake of certain drugs can also result in the above condition. Young males suffering with this problem often find it a cause of social embarrassment.
If persistent for a long time, surgical management is the only treatment available for gynecomastia. The procedure includes surgical removal of all breast tissue along with liposuction of the enlarged gland. It is a day care procedure usually performed under local anaesthesia.
Duration: Short duration, no admission required.
Post Op Care: Requires the use of compression garments for half-a-year to ensure proper body contouring. Heavy exercises are prohibited for initial few weeks after the surgery.
Why do I need breast reduction?
Male breast enlargement is characterized by excess fat or glandular tissue on the chest. This can be due to hormonal imbalance or due to the intake of certain steroid containing formulations. This enlargement cannot be corrected by exercise or weight loss and needs to be surgically treated.
What is the duration of the procedure?
Male breast reduction is a day care procedure performed on an out patient basis. The surgery takes around 1 to ½ hrs. and you will be discharged on the same evening.
Will it leave a scar?
The incisions for a breast reduction are placed in a concealed area around the nipple and dark skin around it (areola). The glandular tissue is removed via this incision. In addition to this, small incisions for liposuction are placed in the hidden areas along the breast crease. These incisions are mostly inconspicuous and fade away with time.
Can the breast enlargement recur?
Breast reduction entails removal of the glandular tissue to ensure that the enlargement does not recur. However, maintenance of a healthy lifestyle and avoidance of fluctuations in weight are important to maintain results.
When can I return to work?
A period of 3 -4 days is required before one can resume working. A compression garment is to be worn during a period of at least 6 weeks post the procedure. This helps in tightening the skin and creating a better definition of a post surgery. Patients should abstain from smoking and alcohol after surgery to hasten to heal. A period of 6 weeks is recommended before resuming weight training and other strenuous activities.