Breast reduction (gyneacomastia) involves reducing enlarged breasts in men, while flattening and enhancing the chest contour. It involves removing excess fat and glandular tissue from the breast area. Gyneacomastia is a common condition which can be attributed to an imbalance of gender hormones which increases the development of body tissue in the breast region of the body, other causes include chronic disease, medication side effects or genetic factors.
There are varying degrees of gyneacomastia ranging from slightly puffy nipples through to large female looking breasts. It is important to distinguish the difference between gyneacomastia and excessive weight. A doctor can diagnose this. Gyneacomastia is the development of breast tissue whereas ‘man boobs’ are caused as a result of weight.
The male breast reduction surgery involves the removal of the fat and glandular tissue in the breast area through a liposuction procedure. The procedure is performed under anaesthetic and completed within two hours. Patients are generally able to go home after the anaesthesia has worn off.
The recovery is uncomfortable following the procedure however not explicitly painful. Ice or a cold pack is recommended to apply to the area to assist treating swelling and bruising. It is important to leave the bandage in place and follow the surgeons’ instructions to avoid infection and complications. It is common for patients to experience itching as part of the body’s healing process.
The chest area will gradually recover within the first four weeks following the surgery in terms of discomfort, swelling and bruising. Scarring will fade slowly over a full year period. The complete results cannot be appreciated in their entirety until the scarring has faded a year following the surgery.