A gynecomastia procedure is the most effective and permanent solution for treating enlarged male breasts, also known as man boobs. This procedure removes excess fat and excess breast glandular tissue to reveal a firmer, flatter and more masculine chest contour.
Some men are predisposed to excess tissue over the breasts due to reasons of genetics, hormonal medications, and nutrition. Losing weight can reduce the appearance of prominent male breasts for many men, but oftentimes excess glandular tissue limits the improvement. Even very lean men can have excessive breast size. Gynecomastia is characterized by excess fat tissue, glandular tissue, and breast skin.
Ideal candidates for male breast reduction are those who:
- Wish to increase self-confidence when shirtless
- Wish to reduce the projection and size of their breasts
- Wish to improve the contours of the chest
- Wish to address sagging breast tissue or stretched skin
Many men avoid social situations in which they may need to show their chests, such as summer gatherings at the beach or exercising at a gym. Gynecomastia can be present in men of any age and to different levels throughout a man’s lifespan. Male breast reduction surgery can be successfully performed on males from adolescence to adulthood.
Gynecomastia Treatment Options
Male breast reductions can be performed in several ways, depending on the cause of breast enlargement and the size of the male breasts. Treatments can include liposuction, tissue excision, energy based treatments or a combination of several techniques. A thorough and individualized consultation is necessary to determine which approach is most beneficial.
Liposuction for Gynecomastia
Many male patients have excellent outcomes with the use of liposuction, especially in cases for which the primary cause of gynecomastia is excess fatty tissue. The experienced plastic surgeons at OMNI Surgery + Anti-Aging Centre are skilled in their ability to contour the shape of the chest through liposuction. The surgeon is able to remove excess fat and glandular tissue, contouring the chest in a way that looks natural and aesthetically pleasing to the body.
Liposuction is performed under a local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia in order to ensure patient comfort. With liposuction, a small tube is inserted under the skin through small incisions. Typically, incisions are placed on either side of the chest, around the areola, and near the armpit, depending on the specific client needs. Through the incisions, the cannula (small tube) is moved back and forth to loosen the fat tissue. A small vacuum suctions the fat tissue out through the tube, permanently removing it from the body.
More significant gynecomastia may require surgical tissue removal for optimal results. Conditions with excess breast skin or glandular tissue may require surgical removal and repair. In severe cases of gynecomastia, the weight of the male breast tissue can cause the breasts to sag and stretch the areola. In this case, repositioning of the areola and removal of excess skin can significantly improve the chest appearance.
With surgical tissue excision, incisions are typically made around the edge of the areola or within the natural chest creases. The surgeons at OMNI Surgery + Anti-Aging Centre pride themselves in placing surgical incisions in inconspicuous areas, in order to obtain the most natural looking results. The surgeon removes the unwanted glandular tissue and excess skin. Then, the incisions are closed to reveal a firmer and more defined chest wall. The surgeon may also include liposuction during this procedure, to address excess fat deposits and further improve the chest contours.
Using Technology to Get Rid of Gynecomastia
Energy-based, non-invasive treatments to address gynecomastia are excellent options for men who are looking for a more conservative approach to breast reduction. These treatments are ideal when the primary cause of gynecomastia is excess fat deposits over the breast tissue. OMNI Surgery + Anti-Aging Centre offers treatments utilizing the Venus Legacy for male breast reduction.
Combination of Strategies – Surgical & Non-Surgical
For some clients, a combination of liposuction, surgical excision and technology services may be the most appropriate. A one-on-one consultation is the best way to determine the most appropriate course of treatment for each man.
What to Expect with Gynecomastia Treatment
Each male breast reduction procedure begins with an individualized consultation with the plastic surgeon, in which the patient will discuss their concerns and ultimate goals for surgery. The surgeon will evaluate the male breasts to determine the contributing factors and develop an appropriate treatment plan. During the consultation, patients are encouraged to ask questions to ease anxiety and to understand realistic expectations for the procedure.
Patients are given anesthesia in order to ensure patient comfort and safety. After the surgical procedure, dressings will be applied to the incisions in order to protect healing. An elastic bandage may be placed to reduce swelling and support the chest during healing. In addition, a drain tube may be placed under the skin in order to remove any excess blood or fluid from the area during the first days of recovery.
What to Expect During Gynecomastia Recovery
Patients may be given medications to reduce discomfort. It is recommended to allow the body to heal with plenty of rest during the first several days, taking care of the incisions and swelling. It is important to minimize tugging or pulling at the surgical incisions during the initial healing. For most men, swelling and bruising is minimal. Most daily activities can resume after the first week.
For men choosing to utilize the energy based services, there is no needed recovery time. The treatments are specifically administered over the course of time, as the results are further improved with each treatment.
The Treatment Results
The results of the procedure are permanent for most men. However, if gynecomastia was a result of using specific prescription medications, drugs such as steroids, or poor diet and exercise habits, it is vital that healthy lifestyle choices are priority. Resuming hormonal medications, steroids or gaining weight can result in redevelopment of gynecomastia.