Description

Reduces abnormally-enlarged, female-like breasts in men through the procedure of liposuction and/or cutting out excess glandular tissue. This condition is known as “gynecomastia.” (Male breast reduction is sometimes covered by medical insurance.)

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Length

1 hour or more.

Side Effects

Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, and burning sensations.

Recovery

Back to work: 3 to 7 days. More strenuous activity: 2 to 3 weeks. Swelling and bruising: 3 to 6 months.

Risks

Infection, fluid accumulations, injury to the skin, rippling or bagginess of skin, and asymmetry. Pigment changes (possibly permanent if exposed to the sun). Excessive scarring if tissue was cut away, and need for a following procedure to remove addition tissue.

Results

Permanent, although weight gain or use of certain drugs may cause a recurrent condition.

Technology

An incision is made in the areola, the dark area surrounding the nipple, or in the armpit. Fat and glandular tissue are removed to create a chest that is flatter and firmer, contributing to a more masculine contour. Liposuction may be performed in conjunction with male breast reduction.

Patient Status

Outpatient – In most cases.

Anesthesia

Local with Sedation
General

 

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