Male Breast Reduction

Male breast reduction surgery is a cosmetic procedure done to treat a medical condition called gynecomastia. This surgery removes excess fat and glandular tissue from the breast area to create a flatter, firmer more masculine chest.

What is gynecomastia?

A large percentage of the men in this country are plagued by a medical condition called gynecomastia. This is a condition in which the male mammary gland becomes enlarged and causes the appearance of breasts. In rare cases these enlarged mammary glands even lactate. Gynecomastia usually occurs around the onset of puberty but it can also appear later on in life due to obesity, genetics, certain medications or drug abuse.

Who is a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery?

People who suffer from gynecomastia or an enlarged chest area may find themselves self-conscious and embarrassed to go anywhere where’d they have to wear swimwear or appear shirtless (the beach, pool etc.). If you are scared to show your chest in public or even when you’re alone with your wife/partner you are probably a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery.

Furthermore, you will need to be in overall good health and a non-smoker. If you are a smoker you will need to quit two weeks prior to your procedure and remain smoke-free as you heal. Your body needs ample oxygen to heal and smoking hinders the brain’s ability to process and take in air.

Your surgeon will determine if you are an ideal candidate for male breast reduction surgery after reviewing your medical history. However, it’s safe to say that if you suffer from gynecomastia you are already an optimal candidate for this surgical procedure.

Following this procedure, what is the recovery process like?

Immediately following your male breast reduction surgery you will need to rest. Your doctor will prescribe painkillers or antibiotics (if necessary) to help you deal with your discomfort. Do not take any medication that wasn’t prescribed by or cleared by your surgeon. Usually, most men are able to switch from their prescribed painkillers to over the counter options like Tylenol a few days after their surgery.

Moreover, you will need to wear a compression garment to help your chest heal and avoid sleeping on your stomach until any tenderness or swelling has subsided. Do not concern yourself with any swelling or bruising that may occur post-surgery. This is completely normal and will dissipate as you recover.

In terms of going back to work, you should be able to return to your job within a week. If you work somewhere that heavy lifting is required or you must remain on your feet all day, you may have to take two weeks off to ensure optimal healing. You can exercise after your surgery but make sure that you do only light walking for the first week then gradually start adding more intense workouts as you heal.

What to look for in a male breast reduction surgeon

The Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS) is the only body that is recognized in the country. The plastic surgeon you choose to undertake your male breast reduction surgery must be recognized by CSAPS and board-certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Moreover, the surgeon you select must be experienced, trustworthy and make you feel at ease.

Here are three specific questions to ask potential surgeons to see if they are right fit:

1. How long have you been practicing?

2. How many male breast reduction surgeries have you done?

3. Where did you complete your training?

How is this surgery performed?

There are two ways to perform male breast reductions surgery: Liposuction or Surgical Tissue Excision.

Liposuction: This technique is less invasive and used when there is little excess fat and tissue to be removed from the breast area. A small incision is made on the edge of the areola or along the armpit. Then, a small suction tube is inserted into the area and vibrates at a high frequency to break up fat deposits and tissue so they can be easily removed. The deposits and tissues are then sucked out through the tube.

Surgical Tissue Excision: This technique is used when there is a large amount of excess skin, tissue and fat that needs to be removed. Instead of sucking out the materials via liposuction, an incision is made (along the armpit, natural chest creases or areola) and the surgeon excises the tissues, skin and fat manually. If a patient has stretched or sagging skin, surgical excision is necessary. This technique can be done in conjunction with liposuction.

No matter which method is used during your male breast reduction surgery, you will be administered general anesthesia for your comfort.

Unfortunately, this type of surgery does leave a scar at the incision site. However, any scarring incurred will fade in time and your surgeon will be able to direct you on ways to help minimize scars.

Male breasts can only return if you put on a significant amount of weight or mis-use steroids and certain medications that influence testosterone levels. However, this generally considered a permanent procedure if you maintain a healthy lifestyle.