Male Breast Reduction in Jacksonville and Morehead City, NC
Gynecomastia is often first noticed in adolescence and frequently corrects itself without resorting to treatment. Certain conservative therapies are available if it does not. If the condition is not resolved it can impair certain physical activities as well as the patient’s self-confidence. When all other remedies fail, excess tissue and skin can be liposuctioned and excised to bring about a satisfactory outcome.
The entire procedure to correct Gynecomastia is called Male Breast Reduction or Reduction Mammaplasty. It involves reducing the breast size and restoring the patient’s profile to a more normal look. In severe cases, the position and size of the areola can be surgically improved and excess skin may be removed. There are basically two male breast reduction techniques to accomplish the desired result.
Liposuction’s primary use is to remove excess fatty tissue, plus it is the least invasive. Liposuction involves the insertion of a cannula (a thin hollow tube) through several small incisions. The cannula is used to dislodge the targeted fat and it is removed through the tube using vacuum suction. Several types of Liposuction procedures are available. Dr. Klainer will select the one most appropriate for your condition.
If it is determined that Liposuction techniques are not appropriate to the resolution of male breast reduction, excision techniques (surgical removal of tissue) are used. If the areola is to be reduced or the nipple repositioned to a more natural male contour, the use of excision is appropriate. Occasionally Gynecomastia is treated with both Liposuction and excision.
Surgical incision lines from male breast reduction are usually concealed within natural body contours, although some may be visible and are a necessary result of the male breast reduction surgery.
Male Breast Reduction Downtime & Discomfort:
Before male breast reduction surgery and for your safety, a medical evaluation may be required. In addition, you may need to undergo additional lab tests. For some male breast reduction patients, new medications may need to be introduced and/or an adjustment of your current prescriptions. All male breast reduction patients are asked to stop smoking prior to surgery. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding. Dr. Klainer will discuss the details of these procedures and the type of anesthesia to be used at your pre-op consultation.
You will awake from male breast reduction surgery with dressings or bandages applied to your incisions. An elastic bandage or support garment is normally used to minimize swelling and support your new chest contour to assist with healing. You will be given specific instructions that include how to care for the surgical sites, how to use medications to aid healing, reduce the risk of infection and manage any pain and discomfort.
Should you have any concerns, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Klainer immediately. Most male breast reduction patients can return to work in 5-7 days, although there will still be some swelling and bruising at that time.