Gynaecomastia is a common disorder of the male breast where the development of large breasts take on the appearance of a female breast effecting 40 – 60% of men. It normally consists of the appearance of a flat pod of glandular tissue behind the nipple that becomes tender at the same time; it may affect either one breast or both. Even though particular medical problems and drugs have been linked to male breast overdevelopment, there is no known cause in the most cases.
The procedure involves reduction of the breast tissue by excision of glandular tissue and fat removal by liposuction. In serious cases, excess skin is taken out, resulting in a firmer, flatter, and better-contoured chest. The scar can usually be concealed along the border of the nipple, with the results of surgery being very successful.
Some advantages of Male Breast Reduction Surgery are:
Surgery to correct any Gynaecomastia can be administered on healthy men of any age. Suitable candidates for Male Breast Reduction surgery have firm skin that will reshape to new contours. Surgery may be discouraged for overweight or obese men who have not first tried to fix the problem with weight loss or exercise.
The initial consultation with your surgeon is important, and a complete medical history will be required. This includes information about any drug allergies, medical conditions, previous operations and medication you are taking if any. At the consultation, your chest and breasts will be examined.
The surgical procedure can be administered under general anaesthesia or twilight sedation as a day case. The surgeon can make a tiny incision along the border of the nipple and remove excess tissue and fat. The procedure is often combined with liposuction. Rarely, is it necessary to remove the skin from the breast, therefore scarring should be minimal.
The operation takes approximately one hour.