Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Breast reduction surgery – it’s not just for women! Gynecomastia is a common condition in which a man’s chest develops excess fat and glandular tissue that creates an appearance similar to protruding female breasts. It is estimated that anywhere from 40 to 60 percent of all men will develop gynecomastia at some point in their lives. The cause of the condition is unknown, but heredity is believed to be a factor in some cases. Gynecomastia treatment through plastic surgery can alleviate the condition. In you’re considering this surgery, you can view photographs of patients taken before and after breast reduction that illustrate the results this cosmetic surgery procedure can achieve.
Male breast reduction is performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, or under general anesthesia, both on an outpatient basis. Breast reduction surgery typically takes one to three hours. Several techniques can be utilized in male breast reduction, depending on the extent of the procedure. If the enlarged breasts are primarily caused by excessive fatty tissue, liposuction can be performed through tiny incisions to remove the excess fat. In more extreme instances when large amounts of fat or glandular tissue have been removed during breast reduction surgery, excess skin may have remained that has not reshaped well to the new contour of the breast. In these cases, the excess skin may be removed as well.
Patients usually experience some swelling and discomfort after breast reduction surgery, but prescribed medication can minimize the discomfort. Typically recovery from breast reduction occurs without complication, but you should plan to avoid strenuous activities for about three to four weeks post breast reduction surgery. Here at The Peer Group in Florham Park, New Jersey, our plastic surgeons perform this procedure for many men who are self-conscious about the appearance of their chests. We invite anyone affected by gynecomastia to schedule a consultation at our plastic surgery center in northern New Jersey to learn more.