Male breast reduction – gynecomastia surgery
Given the extreme importance that gender identity and sexuality play in our society today, it is natural that men who have enlargement of breasts feel rather conscious of this feature, and seek a discreet solution for it.
Although it can still be termed as “going under the knife”, gynecomastia surgery need not cause fear or worry in patients who need it as it is a fairly common procedure that an experienced plastic surgeon handles regularly.
Know your problem
Gynecomastia needs to be addressed for what it is first – the enlargement of the breasts in males is not worrisome if the growth is not cancerous. After possible risky ailments are ruled out, gynecomastia surgery can be treated with a simple cosmetic surgery that involves flattening out the fatty tissue. This is extremely essential because stretching and sagging of skin can be corrected. This way, even the marks of abnormal weight gain can be removed. Even the areolas (the dark, delicate skin at the centre of breast) may appear crinkled, saggy, and unappealing – all of these need correction. Excess skin and glandular tissue can be righted through surgery, and this is also called reduction mammoplasty in medical terms.
Learning a little about the procedure will help patients make better decisions:
It can be performed under general anaesthesia or intravenous sedation – the decision of picking either one will be made by your doctor based on your health and surgical profile.
Liposuction is a common technique used when the male breast comprises mainly of fatty tissue. In this case the excess fat is drained using a cannula sent inside through various slits around the site of deposit. In cases where the fat is dense, it needs to be loosened and drained out using suction.
Excision technique is used when the main problem is that of loose skin and sagging areolas. This technique is useful for correcting the location of the areolas or the contour of the muscles below the skin.
One or both or a combination of these techniques might be necessary to address gynecomastia, and the recommendation can be made by a doctor on a case by case basis.