Gynecomastia surgery involves removing or reducing unwanted breast tissue in male patients.
Why Consider Gynecomastia Surgery?
Gynecomastia is a condition of overdeveloped or enlarged breasts in men that can occur as a result of hormonal changes, heredity, obesity or the use of certain drugs. Men with this condition may choose to undergo surgery to reduce breast size and flatten and enhance the chest contours.
Am I a Good Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?
Gynecomastia surgery candidates include males who:
Are in good physical health
Are non-smokers and non-drug users
Are unable to correct their condition through alternative medical treatments
Have a positive outlook and realistic expectations for improving the physical symptoms of gynecomastia
Have stabilized breast development
Are bothered by the feeling that their breasts are too large
What to Expect
Gynecomastia surgery is usually an outpatient procedure, typically performed under general anesthesia. In cases where gynecomastia is primarily the result of excess fatty tissue, liposuction techniques may be used. This requires insertion of a thin hollow tube, known as a cannula, through several small incisions. Excision techniques may be used when breast gland tissue or excess skin must be removed to correct gynecomastia. Excision is also necessary if the dark area of skin surrounding the nipple (areola) will be reduced or if the nipple will be repositioned to create a more natural male contour. In some cases, both liposuction and excision techniques will be used.
Following gynecomastia surgery, gauze or bandages will likely be applied to your incisions and a support garment may be used to minimize swelling and support your new chest contour as it heals after surgery. A thin, temporary drainage tube may also be placed under the skin. You will notice immediate changes after surgery, which will become more apparent after the swelling goes down. In most cases, the results of gynecomastia surgery are permanent.
To learn more about gynecomastia surgery or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Camp, call our office at 330-332-7383 or click here