Male Breast Reduction (Gynaecomastia)

Male Breast Reduction or Gynaecomastia refers to the swelling of male breasts. Breast tissues become overdeveloped in this condition. Gynecomastia is caused by a number of factors including lack of testosterone, excess of estrogen and obesity. At times, it has a hereditary origin too. Mostly there are no symptoms but if the mammary glands are enlarged, you will feel intermittent pain or tenderness. Consumption of too much alcohol and drugs can lead to gynecomastia as well.

 Male Breast Reduction is done to

  • Immediate improvement in the shape and appearance of your chest
  • Enlarge breasts that are naturally small.
  • Bad Self-image related to large breasts

How Surgery Performed?

Gynecomastia is carried out using either local anaesthesia or intravenous sedation under general anaesthesia and usually requires an overnight stay in hospital. Our Doctor will recommend you what is best for you during your consultation session.

During your initial consultation with our Doctor you will

  • Examine your medical history and any medications you are using
  • Explain to you the procedure in detail.
  • Recommend the type of procedure, catering to your specific needs and goals.

Who is a Good candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?

Good candidates for male breast reduction are:

  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Men who are physically healthy and of relatively normal weight
  • Men who are bothered by the feeling that their breasts are too large
  • Men whose breast development has stabilized
  • Non-smokers and non-drug users
  • Men who are prepared for a surgical procedure
  • Men who is able to take time to recover
  • Men who are willing to follow all of our instructions

To know more about Male Breast Reduction Surgery, schedule your consultation with Dr. Aftab Siddiqui.

Benefits of Gynecomastia Surgery

Men who are suffering from gynecomastia may sometimes feel not masculine enough due to the unwanted contour of their chests. Gynecomastia surgery can relieve you from this frustration and make your chest look more manly. This procedure gives you a broader range of advantages that contribute to better overall health and well-being.

Some of the psychological benefits of gynecomastia surgery are:

  • Enhance your confidence and self-esteem while interacting with friends and other members of society
  • Develop a more masculine figure
  • Relieves you from social stigma attached to enlarged male breasts
  • You can participate in more physical activities such as exercising, running, and swimming, more comfortably without being self-conscious
  • Helps you free your mind from distressing thoughts, such as what to wear and how to cover your chest
  • Alleviate your back pain
  • Improve your posture
  • You can go shirtless without worrying about your appearance

Does Gyno grow back after Male Breast Redcution Surgery?

All patients should understand that there is always a slight chance of developing gynecomastia again after surgery. Generally, gynecomastia surgery affords patients with long lasting results, but in some cases, gynecomastia can return after male breast reduction surgery. This happens rarely in patients that experience excessive weight gain or take certain types of steroids and medications that produce breast enlargement.

Temporary side effects Of Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Male Breast Reduction surgery is simple and straightforward surgery with common temporary complications which includes:

  • Bruising and Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Fluid collections
  • Contour irregularities
  • Loss of nipple skin
  • Visible scarring
  • Numbness of the nipples
  • Inverted nipples
  • Loosing breast skin and asymmetries

Is it worth getting Gynecomastia Surgery?

If gynecomastia weighs heavily on your self-esteem and negatively affects your quality of life, surgery may be a healthy consideration. Gynecomastia surgery is both a surgical procedure and a form of male breast surgery, which means that it is more likely to be beneficial than other non-surgical procedures. This procedure is fast, scarring is minimal, and the results are permanent. It is worth getting gynecomastia surgery as patients experience increased confidence as a result of their more masculine chest appearance.

What is the fastest way to recover from Gynecomastia Surgery?

Some tips to recover quickly from gynecomastia surgery are:

  • Get lots of rest and sleep, especially over the first week following surgery.
  • Follow post-procedure instructions given by your surgeon.
  • Wear the compression garments that your surgeon provided.
  • Eat healthy diet and stay hydrated.
  • Take care of your incisions.
  • Plan on taking a full week off from work.
  • Make sure to sleep on your back and prop yourself up with pillows.
  • Do not do any heavy lifting or physical activity until instructed by your surgeon.
  • Refrain from scratching the area.

Post Operative Activities

  • No stretching arms for the first 6 weeks.
  • Normal daily activities like driving etc are allowed after the first week.
  • Body exercises can be starts from the 6 week onwards.

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Frequently Asked questions About Male Breast Reduction Surgery

There are several potential causes of gynecomastia, including the effects of a man's hormones or the effect of medications. In some cases, this is caused by genetics. The most common cause of fullness of the male breast is the accumulation of fatty tissues in the area.
The goal of male breast reduction is always a natural appearance and a masculine contour to the chest. Only excess breast tissue is removed since all men have some breast gland tissue. Removing additional tissue would affect the chest contours negatively and make the result appear unnatural. When performed by a skilled plastic surgeon, male breast reduction results are typically very symmetrical and natural-looking.
You can return to your work after 2-3 days of surgery. Swelling is going to be there, but it will not affect you much. You can carry out light exercises, but should refrain from doing heavy work and exercises for a month.
You will feel pain and discomfort post the surgery, but it can be controlled with the help of painkillers prescribed by Dr. Jugenburg. After a few days, you should feel no pain at all.
Normally, it takes around 1-2 hours for the gynecomastia reduction surgery to complete.
Gynecomastia is a condition in which excess glandular tissue or fat in the chest of males produces feminine-looking breasts. It is treatable but not always reversible, the condition may respond to diet and exercise – at least to an extent.
In body builders, Gynecomastia is a particular concern given that the sport revolves around aesthetic appearance. Because of anabolic steroids used by athletes to maximize muscle growth which are frequently sold in various sport and general nutrition stores, leads to gynecomastia due to subsequent hormonal imbalances. In most cases, gynecomastia becomes a permanent finding, lasting beyond the cessation of steroid use.
Strenuous activity (anything that increases blood pressure) should be avoided for the first two weeks after surgery. After about six weeks, the chest muscles are typically healed enough for light chest and arm exercises. Most importantly, upper body or chest workouts may resume incrementally after four weeks unless otherwise instructed because muscles are not as strong as they were before surgery and are therefore prone to injury.
In general, gynecomastia is incredibly safe and most patients have smooth recoveries after the surgery. The most common complication is accumulation of blood in the wound. This is not a serious complication and many times, the blood can be drained with a needle. Loss of sensation in the areola may also occur which usually happens after surgery.
In male, an overly large chest can be worsened by being overweight. If you have full chest because of too much fat, you can lose the weight naturally by intaking fruits and vegetables. So, if you are not at your target weight, it's a good idea to lose weight before your male breast reduction procedure.
Yes, a second male breast reduction is possible. In this procedure, the fat and the glandular tissues are removed which are the root causes of the gynecomastia so there are less chances of recurrence. The risks of sensory changes and skin healing problems may be increased depending upon what technique was used the first time, and what technique would be used the second time you have breast reduction surgery.
After male breast reduction surgery, you should sleep on your back and prop yourself up with one or two pillows in order to minimize swelling. You should also avoid physical activity or heavy lifting. You should avoid sleeping on your belly or side for 2 weeks following your procedure.
After male breast reduction surgery, you should avoid driving for the first 24 hours. You should be confident enough and feel secure in making any unexpected movements that may be necessary as you drive your car. You can resume to normal life and when you feel comfortable you can also start exercising after one-two weeks of surgery.
Gynaecomastia is the enlargement of male breast tissue, may slightly increase your risk of breast cancer after the surgery. The risk of developing male breast cancer is very small after being operated for gynecomastia. In most cases, gynecomastia resolves on its own with minimal treatment and little risk of long-term complications.
Gynecomastia is the most common male breast disorder. It is not a tumor but rather an increase in the amount of a male’s breast tissue that mainly affects teenage boys and older men, but it can affect men at any age.
There are no difference in some of the techniques used in male breast reduction surgery from those used in female breast reduction procedures. All gynecomastia surgery scars are permanent and visible and are a necessary result of male breast reduction surgery. While a total reduction of scars is quite impossible with any surgical procedure, most incision lines are concealed within natural contours.
The typical recovery time for gynecomastia surgery is 4-6 weeks. After six weeks, the incision site will start to develop a firm healing ridge. It will take another six months or so before this solid ridge begins to soften. To have smooth and fast recovery you should strictly follow the instruction of your surgeon.
Gynecomastia that occurs in teenagers during puberty usually goes away without treatment within six months to two years. The excess breast tissue growth seen during puberty is a result of hormonal changes in the body affecting both androgens and estrogens. The condition sometimes develops between ages 10 and 12 years and most commonly occurs between ages 13 and 14 years.

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