MALE BREAST REDUCTION

Some men face the problem of the augmentation of mammary glands caused by changed hormone levels. This can also be connected with considerable fat deposits in the area, all of which creates the effect of female breasts. The problem has a rather simple solution which involves abstracting the mammary glands and sometimes even performing small liposuction of the area (and thus eliminating the fat deposit). Gynaecomastia may be caused by prescription drugs such as anabolic steroids, over-the-counter medicines, illegal drugs, tumours or disease. Men who are self-conscious because they have over-developed or enlarged breast tissue (usually caused by being overweight, or having lost weight), or men who suffer from back and neck ache because their “breasts” are too heavy can benefit from male breast reduction surgery.


Procedure


An ultrasound is used to scan the area prior to the operation. Incisions are made around the areolae and the mammary glands are excised. If the surgery is combined with liposuction, a cannula (small tube) is inserted into short incisions in the area and the excess fat is drained. During suturing, non-dissolvable or dissolvable stitches can be used; non-dissolvable stitches must be extracted, while dissolvable stitches are absorbed by the body naturally, leaving a fainter scar


Possible complications




Post-operative bleeding


Changes in nipple or breast sensation may be temporary or permanent


Infection of the wound, Haematomas



After the operation


Male breast reduction surgery requires a few overnight stay. Immediately after the operation, elastic belts are placed over the operated area and these are worn for about one month. Bed rest is recommended for the first few days after the operation. No heavy lifting for 4-6 weeks (this is determined by your surgeon).

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