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Male Breast Reduction Plastic Surgery For Gynecomastia

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Breast Reduction Surgery Treatment For Gynecomastia

Tissue Density and Skin Laxity

Surgical treatment of gynecomastia varies according to the density of breast tissue, and the amount of skin laxity (ptosis) of the breast area. For example, where the breast enlargement is due purely to the presence of excessive fat deposits and skin elasticity is good, lipoplasty is sufficient to normalize the area. However, if skin elasticity is impaired or if excessive fibrous tissue is present, surgical excision is preferable. Occasionally a combination of tissue removal and liposuction is required.

The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The sutures are self-dissolving and if any drains are required, they'll be removed once drainage has ceased.

Gynecomastia Breast Reduction Procedure

For an average gynecomastia breast reduction, minimal access points are needed to remove tissue or skin. Typically a surgical incision around the areola is made in order to allow access to the involved tissue and remove it. If the areola itself is significantly enlarged, then it can be reduced as well. The length of the operation and the type of anesthesia used vary according to the extent and type of surgery performed. In some cases the plastic surgeon needs to excise glandular tissue and/or loose skin. In other cases only excess fat needs removing, in which case liposuction suffices. Both procedures are generally performed through incisions made around the areola. These surgery incisions are typically small and leave minimal scarring.

Post-Operative Recuperation

The recovery period following male breast reduction surgery is reasonably short. Patients typically return to work within 7-14 days, and exercise may recommence within a fortnight, although vigorous activities should wait 3-4 weeks. Immediately following the plastic surgery, there is typically some bruising and swelling. Gynecomastia patients may be instructed to wear a pressure garment for several weeks after the procedure. Typically within 4-5 months, the area heals and the swelling disappears.

Complications of Breast Reduction

The risks and complications of breast reduction surgery include infection, scarring, skin injury, necrosis (dead tissue), pigment changes in the skin, and asymmetrical breasts or nipples. In addition, there may be some loss of breast sensation or numbness which may last up to 12 months. Very rarely, a second operation may be required to correct complications (eg. necrosis).

Cost Of Gynecomastia Breast Reduction

The costs of breast reduction vary significantly. The average cost of gynecomastia reduction in the United States is $2,500-5,000.

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