Gynecomastia is a condition that affects many men and can occur at any age. It results in localized fat and/or glandular tissue deposits in the breast area causing them to become overdeveloped or enlarged. At times, it is localized to the nipples leading to protrusion of the nipple area. Gynecomastia can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity, or obesity. In some instances, it can be linked to the use of certain medications or drugs. Gynecomastia can cause feelings of embarrassment and awkwardness.
Gynecomastia surgery involves removing fat deposits and glandular tissue in the chest area resulting in a flatter, more contoured chest. Gynecomastia surgery may consist of one surgery or may be staged and involve multiple surgeries. The purpose of staging the surgery is to reduce the scars. Techniques for male gynecomastia or breast reduction involve liposuction of the breast tissue to remove the excess fat and glandular deposits, excision surgically of the fatty tissue, or a combination of both. The scars are placed so they are inconspicuous. Dr. Patel will discuss with you which is the best option for you.
Male breast reduction is performed as outpatient surgery, meaning that there will most likely not be an overnight stay required. Symptoms post op include mild pain and swelling which is controlled by pain medication. Post operatively a special gynecomastia compression garment is applied to minimize swelling and is to be worn 24 hours a day for 6 weeks. After 6 weeks, a lighter garment is worn. If you experience any sudden chest pains, shortness of breath, or irregular heartbeat, seek medical attention right away. It is important to following all of Dr. Patel’s instructions to ensure the success of your surgery. It’s also important that the surgical incisions are kept safe from excessive force, abrasions, swelling, or excessive motion during healing. The doctor will provide you with specific instructions on how to care the incisions.
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