• Gynecomastia surgery is the surgical correction of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men.

    Gynecomastia surgery reduces breast size in men, flattening and enhancing the chest contours.

    In severe cases of gynecomastia, the weight of excess breast tissue may cause the breasts to sag and stretch the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). In these cases the position and size of the areola can be surgically improved and excess skin may be reduced. Plastic surgery to correct gynecomastia is technically called reduction mammaplasty.

    What is gynecomastia?

    Gynecomastia is a condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men that can occur at any age. The condition can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity, obesity or the use of certain drugs.

    Gynecomastia can cause emotional discomfort and impair your self-confidence. Some men may even avoid certain physical activities and intimacy simply to hide their condition.

    Gynecomastia is characterized by:

    • Excess localized fat
    • Excess glandular tissue development
    • Sometimes excess breast skin
    • Presence unilaterally (one breast) or bilaterally (both breasts)

    Gynecomastia surgery candidates include:

    • Men whose condition cannot be corrected through alternative medical treatments
    • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
    • Non-smokers and non-drug users
    • Men with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for improving the physical symptoms of gynecomastia
    • Men who are physically healthy and of relatively normal weight
    • Men who have realistic expectations
    • Men whose breast development has stabilized
    • Men who are bothered by the feeling that their breasts are too large
    • Adolescents may benefit from surgery, although secondary procedures may be needed in the future should breast development continue.

    Gynecomastia surgery recovery

    During your gynecomastia surgery recovery period, dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions and an elastic bandage or support garment may be used to minimize swelling and support your new chest contour as it heals after surgery. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. You will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

    Gynecomastia surgery results

    Gynecomastia surgery results are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover from surgery. The final results of your gynecomastia surgery may take 3-6 months to achieve. Incision lines are permanent, but will continue to fade over time. Your improved upper body will likely enhance your self-image and confidence, whether in a shirt and tie, a t-shirt, or baring your chest at the beach.

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