Gynaecomastia is an enlargement of the male breast as a result of an abnormal increase in the glandular tissue. It is quite common affecting an estimated 40-60% of men in varying degrees, for men who feel self-conscious about their appearance surgery to reduce the breast can help.
What does Male Breast Reduction Surgery Involve?
Liposuction is used to remove the fatty tissue under a general anaesthetic. Small incisions are then made around the nipple and at other sites in the chest. A small metal tube (cannula) is used to suck out the fatty tissue. If necessary glandular tissue is also removed through incisions at the border of the nipple. The incisions are then sutured to give a flatter, firmer and better-contoured chest. Any stitches will be of the dissolving type and so do not need to be removed.
How long does the surgery take?
The surgery will take up to 1-3 hours depending on the individual patient. Most patients can go home on the day of the surgery, however some will stay in the hospital for a couple of days.
What can I expect from a Gynaecomastia?
As long as your expectations are realistic, the chances are you will be pleased with the results. You will have a flatter, better-contoured chest that is more pleasing to yourself.
Recovery after a Breast Reduction surgery Procedure
What will happen in the recovery period?
There will be some swelling and bruising of the treated area and to help reduce this you will wear a firm Lycra garment which is worn for 3 weeks. The worst of your swelling will go down in the first few weeks however, it may be a couple of months before the full effect of the breast reduction surgery is apparent. Most patients can resume full activity, including exercise, in about a month following surgery for Gynaecomastia.
What is the recovery time from male breast reduction surgery?
Recovery is normally between two to three weeks, however 1-2 days after surgery you should be on your feet. It is important not to carry out vigorous activities for the first five days after the surgery. You can return to work and resume most normal activities after three weeks and begin exercise after six weeks