Gynaecomastia is the enlargement of the male breast tissue. It’s a medical term that originates from the Greek words for “women-like breasts”. It’s commonly known as “man boobs”. As we tell our patients from abroad, you should not worry for this condition is far more common than many people realize (gynaecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of the male population) and there’s a treatment.
I have gynaecomastia, am I a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery?
The best candidates for a male breast reduction are those men who have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the body’s new contours. In some instances, surgery may be discouraged for overweight men who have not first tried an exercise and diet regimen.
Dr. Benito is one of the few worldwide renowned leaders in male cosmetic surgery and especially in the treatment of gynaecomastia with non-invasive techniques. He’s been invited to many conferences to share his deep knowledge and experience in advanced techniques of gynaecomastia treatment.
What’s male breast reduction all about?
Gynaecomastia can be treated with liposuction and/or by cutting out excess glandular tissue. The procedure for male breast reduction takes an average of two hours, usually on an outpatient basis, using general or local anesthesia. If excessive glandular tissue, fat and skin is present, it will be removed.
Surgery may be performed alone or in conjunction with lipoplasty, where the suction device will typically be inserted through the existing incisions. For the removal of excess fatty tissue alone, liposuction may be all that is needed; in such cases, scars will be small and barely visible.
Will my breasts grow back after gynaecomastia surgery?
No, results are permanent, although subsequent obesity can create a gynecomastia-like effect. Some of the benefits of surgery include a firmer, flatter, more contoured masculine chest which may give the male patient a boost in self-confidence. There is little downtime, and you may return to work within one week usually, unless you are involved in strenuous activities. To assist with the healing process, the patient will wear an elastic pressure garment for 3-6 weeks and must avoid exposing scarred areas to the sun for at least 6 months.