Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia) in Louisville
Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Gynecomastia is a medical term that comes from the Greek word for “women-like breasts.” Though this oddly named condition is rarely talked about, it’s actually quite common. Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60% of men. It may affect only one breast or both. Though certain drugs and medical problems have been linked with male breast overdevelopment, there is no known cause in the vast majority of cases.
For men who feel self-conscious about their appearance, breast reduction surgery can help. The procedure removes fat and/or glandular tissue from the breasts and in extreme cases removes excess skin, resulting in a chest that is flatter and firmer.
If excess glandular tissue is the primary cause of the breast enlargement, it will be removed. The excision may be performed alone or in conjunction with liposuction. In a typical procedure, an incision is made in an inconspicuous location-either on the edge of the areola or in the underarm area. The surgeon cuts away the excess tissue, fat and skin from around the areola and from the sides and bottom of the breast.
Male Breast Reduction Recovery
Whether you have had excision with a scalpel or liposuction, you may feel some discomfort for a few days after surgery. However, discomfort can be controlled with medication. You will wear an elastic pressure garment continuously for a week or two, and for a few weeks longer at night. Any stitches will generally be removed about 1 to 2 weeks following the procedure. 1 week off work, no strenuous activity or heavy lifting for 3 weeks may resume full activity 6 weeks post op.