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Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia

What It Is

Gynecomastia, also known as a male breast reduction, is a cosmetic surgery for men who have excess tissue in the chest, which can give the appearance of female-looking breasts. This appearance can be emasculating and be the source of embarrassment for many. The procedure involves the removal of excess fat and tissue in the chest to flatten the area to restore a firmer, more masculine appearance.

Men with breasts fit somewhere on a spectrum from invisible lumps that can be felt beneath the nipple to full-blown female appearing breasts. If you have any of these conditions you may want gynecomastia surgery, otherwise known as male breast reduction. Gynecomastia may have various causes including genetics, hormone-altering medications (such as estrogens or anabolic steroids), or weight changes.

Because gynecomastia is often a sensitive subject, men often avoid the topic and can be unaware of the treatments available to them. Instead of feeling self-conscious whether shirtless or in clothing, McLean Clinic can perform a male breast reduction, or gynecomastia, so that you can achieve a flatter, firmer, and more masculine looking chest.

Treatment Areas

You can expect male breast reduction to recontour and flatten your chest. This is most ideal when the skin has not been stretched too much. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your chest because of overdeveloped breasts and are relatively healthy, then the male breast reduction surgery, also known as gynecomastia treatment, may be an option for you.

How to Prepare

You will be asleep for this entire procedure as the surgery will be performed under general anesthesia. For 2 weeks before and after your surgery date, please avoid taking blood thinning or anti-inflammatory medication such as aspirin, Advil, or ibuprofen. We also recommend quitting smoking during this time.

The cost of a male breast reduction varies according to what you and Dr. McLean determine is required to give you the look you want with the best results. Your questions and concerns will be addressed personally by Dr. McLean and his team during an in-depth consultation.

How It Works

For most patients, liposuction alone is adequate in removing the excess fat from the breasts. In other cases, incisions will be made to remove the tissue surgically. Uncommonly, some skin may need to be removed. The aim is always to restore a more masculine shape to the chest. Your chest will be tightened and contoured with careful attention to natural, masculine results.

Your procedure will be performed in the privacy, safety and comfort of the McLean Clinic, Dr. McLean’s private Mississauga cosmetic surgery clinic. You will be asleep and wake in the expert care of a friendly and sympathetic nurse. There is no need for a hospital or an overnight stay. Most male breast reductions do not require tubes, drains or removable stitches.

Results

Immediately following your procedure, you will be swollen and bruised. You may not notice a significant change at first. As the swelling gradually reduces over time (up to 3 months), the swelling will go down completely. Once this goes away, your final result will be revealed.

After the healing process, men are often amazed at how substantial the changes are and how much it adds to their confidence and self-esteem. To ensure your results are maintained in the long haul, continue to live a healthy lifestyle by eating balanced meals and exercising. Your surgical results from Gynecomastia are permanent but can be negatively impacted by aging as well as weight fluctuations. Certain medication, such as steroids, can also encourage the growth of breast tissue and may influence the longevity of your results with its usage.

Men who have gynecomastia often have other areas of concern. For example, “love handles” or a protruding abdomen can be reduced with liposuction at the same time as a breast reduction.

Aftercare and Recovery

After your male breast reduction surgery in the comfort and privacy of the McLean Clinic office in Mississauga, the McLean Clinic team will give you aftercare guidelines to follow to ensure proper recovery and healing. You should keep your chest wrapped in gauze and you can expect to be able to return to work within a week. Strenuous activity should be avoided for 7 to 10 days and the tightness and soreness will gradually decrease along with the scarring. For many patients, scarring usually heals well and will be barely visible. Normal activity, including exercise, can typically be resumed within 2 to 3 weeks after the male breast reduction.

Potential Complications

All surgeries run the risk of potential complications. Similar to other surgeries, complications can include infection, bleeding, and poor scarring. In rare instances, asymmetry may happen but can be corrected with a revision procedure. For an overview of risks and concerns associated with surgery, please click here. Dr. McLean will provide a thorough review of the risk factors that are specific to you and your chosen procedure.

Myths and Facts

A common myth that surrounds Gynecomastia is that the condition is uncommon. This is simply not true! Gynecomastia is very common and will affect the majority of men at some point in their life. Many boys develop Gynecomastia during puberty due to the change in estrogen and testosterone levels during this time. It is also very common during infancy and in older men in the middle-ages.

Gynecomastia is very treatable and can be resolved with changes to your lifestyle and diet. However, if your body does not respond to these changes, then a male breast reduction surgery at McLean Clinic can remove excess fat and tissue to restore a firmer, flatter appearance to your chest.