Gynecomastia affects up to 60 percent of men and leads to loose, extra skin and fat on a man’s chest. Gynecomastia can affect either one or both pectoral areas, and can be a great source of discomfort and embarrassment. Diet and exercise may be able to help reduce some of the fat, but it will not address the enlarged glandular tissue or excess skin that may be left behind. The underlying causes are largely unknown, though certain medications or medical problems have been linked with this over-development of chest tissue. Typically, men who have this condition can benefit from removal of the breast tissue with or without additional chest contouring techniques such as Liposuction.
Each male chest contouring surgery is customized specifically for you and your needs. The surgical technique used will depend on the cause of your enlarged chest. If excess fatty tissue is the main cause, liposuction alone may be able to correct the issue. A thin hollow tube called a cannula will be placed through small incisions to remove the fat through suction.
In the case that excess breast tissue is the cause for your gynecomastia, an excision technique typically using an incision around your areola will be used. The nipple may also be repositioned. Incision patterns will vary depending on your individual condition.
A combination of both liposuction and excision techniques may also be used if fatty tissue and breast tissue are present.
After surgery, compression garments are worn at all times to help contour the result. Sometimes drains will be used if they can improve the outcome.