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What Is Gynecomastia Surgery?

Every man wants a well-toned body with a big chest, 6-pack, and big muscles. But this silhouette is hard to get and maintain. That’s why you’ll often find men with large breasts. This condition is commonly referred to as gynecomastia, and it’s caused by an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone hormones. Fortunately, this problem can easily be rectified through gynecomastia surgery. Continue reading to learn more about this plastic procedure.

What is Gynecomastia Surgery?

Also referred to as reduction mammoplasty, gynecomastia surgery is a procedure that helps to reduce male breasts. It’s highly recommended for men with severe gynecomastia, leaving them with drooping breast envelopes. In such situations, a male breast lift may be necessary. The imbalance of estrogen and testosterone hormones in men is mainly caused by certain recreational and prescription drugs.

No matter the cause of the problem, your enlarged breasts will leave you with an embarrassing silhouette, thus lowering your self-esteem. But with gynecomastia surgery, you’ll reduce the size of your breasts and boost your self-esteem. Research has shown that gynecomastia patients who undergo reduction mammoplasty report the same rate of satisfaction and improved quality of life.

How is Gynecomastia Surgery Done?

This procedure can be done in two simple ways: liposuction and excision. While these methods are used separately, sometimes they may be combined for the best outcome.

Liposuction
This procedure involves suctioning the excess breast tissue using a thin metal cannula. Liposuction helps to reduce your breasts without leaving you with large, ugly scars. The scars left where the tiny cannula was inserted were very tiny and discrete. This procedure is mainly suitable for male breasts with mild or moderate fat tissue contrasted with glandular tissue without sagging skin.

Excision
This procedure involves the direct removal of excess breast tissue and sagging skin. Unlike liposuction, excision is more invasive and likely to leave you with visible scars. But the scar’s visibility depends on the size of the incision and the amount of excess breast tissue and skin to be removed. Your plastic surgeon will examine you and explain how big the scars are likely to be. This method is therefore ideal for severe cases of gynecomastia with excess sagging skin.

Recovery Process

After gynecomastia surgery, your surgeon will advise you on how to take care of the wounds to ensure a quick and successful recovery. You may experience mild pain, which can be managed with painkillers. You may also be required to wear a compression vest for about six weeks. Avoid sex or any strenuous activity for about two weeks to avoid pressure or friction on your breasts.