Male breast reduction is a surgical procedure designed to decrease over-developed or disproportionately sized breasts in men, a condition known as gynecomastia. This common condition may be genetic, hormonal, a side effect of drug use, or a disease symptom.
The procedure is often performed for those who have tried targeted exercise and a healthy diet, but who have been unable to remove fat from this specific area of the body. Surgical reduction may help restore balance to the upper body and enhance an already healthy appearance.
Ideal candidates for this procedure are healthy men of stable weight who have tried diet and exercise to decrease the size of their breasts and have been unsuccessful.
The male breast reduction procedure may have a number of positive effects. These effects may include:
You should quit smoking prior to the procedure to prevent a negative impact on the natural healing of the body. Some medical conditions may also impair healing. To prevent this, your complete medical history should be discussed prior to the procedure.
The procedure begins with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the surgical procedure. Liposuction surgery may be utilized to remove any excess fat prior to additional surgical removal or adjustment. Following liposuction, excision of excess tissue or skin may be helpful to adjust the contours of the breast.
The incision may be made across the breast or below the breast, and may include the nipple. The nipple may be reduced in overall size, depth, or be adjusted in position to have a flatter, less sagging appearance. Any excess breast tissue or fat is removed. The skin is stretched and the nipple may be repositioned. Excess skin is removed and the incisions closed.
A tube may be inserted in the wound area to help fluid drain from the wound as it heals. Bandages or dressings may be attached to the wound to help it heal. A support garment may be worn to decrease swelling and bruising.
The incisions should heal within a few days, and the dressings may be removed. Changes may not be immediately apparent, but should become clearer as swelling dissipates over the next few weeks. The incision lines should continue to fade for up to six months. Some complications include pain, infection, poor wound healing, and asymmetric healing.
For more information about male breast reduction, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Trent J. Fogleman and Dr. Paul F. Benien, Jr., contact our Oklahoma City office at 405-691-3111. Our office is located at 9617 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73159, just minutes from Will Rogers World Airport.
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Dr. Fogleman and Dr. Benien create elegant, natural results with each surgical procedure or non-surgical treatment they perform. "Quality outcomes," as they say. Their goal is not to make their patients look different – they strive to make them look better, never overdone or obvious.