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.
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 the breast is mainly fat, liposuction alone can be adequate. Otherwise an incision might be necessary 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 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 waken in the expert care of a friendly and sympathetic nurse. There is no need for a hospital or overnight stay. Most male breast reductions do not require tubes, drains or removable stitches. You can expect to be able to return to work within a week. After Male Breast Reduction, normal activity including exercise can typically be resumed within 2 to 3 weeks.
All surgeries run the risk of potential complications. 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.
The cost of 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.
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 breast reduction.
We all know that we take risks in life every day. The risks of surgery are very much like those of everyday life: really bad things (like being hit by a truck) are rare. Less bad things (like getting a hangnail) are more common.
When we think of the downside of surgery we think of things like infection (most infections are readily treatable), bleeding (generally well controlled during surgery), fluid collection, bad scars (wide, lumpy or discoloured, for example) and healing problems (leading to unexpected scarring). Most plastic surgery involves two sides of the body and they are never totally identical with or without surgery. Sensation can be altered by surgery. For example, loss of nipple sensation is a risk of many breast procedures.
As part of your preparation for surgery at the McLean Clinic, we provide you with information about the risks of the procedures you are undergoing. This is to inform you, not to frighten you! You will have the opportunity to discuss the risks with your doctor and we encourage you to ask questions and make sure that you understand everything you need to.