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Question: How long will I have to wear a compression garment after gynecomastia surgery?
Answer: Following male breast reduction for the treatment of gynecomastia, patients are often asked to wear a compression garment for a period of time. The time will vary among surgeons, but the garment is often worn for between two and six weeks. The duration is also dependent upon the surgical technique utilized. Gynecomastia treated by direct surgical excision alone will require shorter periods of compression. When liposuction is performed for gynecomastia, compression may be required for longer periods. The compression garment will help to support the new chest contours, minimize swelling, bruising and bleeding, and provide some level of comfort.
Question: I've got man boobs. How do I know if I'm a candidate for male breast reduction surgery?
Answer: A consultation is the best way to determine if male breast reduction surgery is right for you. Generally, this surgery can be performed on men with enlarged breasts who are physically healthy, of relatively normal body weight, and have realistic expectations. It is best to first diagnose and treat any underlying medical conditions causing the gynecomastia if there are any present. Surgery can be performed in adolescents, however continued breast development may require future procedures. Ideally, patients should not smoke or use drugs.
Question: I’m 15 and I have gynecomastia. It's incredibly embarrassing. Can I have surgery to fix this?
Answer: Adolescents can benefit from surgery. It's important to correct any underlying medical conditions that may be causing the gynecomastia. Also, younger patients should be aware that secondary procedures may be needed in the future if the excessive breast development continues.
Question: How is gynecomastia surgery different from liposuction?
Answer: While liposuction is one technique, which may be used for male breast reduction, some patients also require surgical excision of excess glandular tissue. Surgical excision is typically performed through a small incision along the edge of the areola. Large areolas can be reduced as well during surgery. A thorough examination during consultation will determine whether you are better served with liposuction alone to reduce excess fat or with male breast reduction surgery, which may combine liposuction, and surgery.
Question: I'm interested in male breast reduction for gynecomastia. After the surgery, is it possible for the gynecomastia to reoccur?
Answer: Male breast reduction for familial gynecomastia produces long-lasting results provided patients do not gain excessive weight after surgery. Gynecomastia which occurs for medical reasons, such as hormonal imbalances or the use of certain drugs or medications, can recur after surgery if the underlying cause is not first addressed. For this reason it is important to rule out prior to surgery any underlying causes.
Question: I am a 45 year old male, healthy in all respects, but I have gynecomastia. It is a severe case and I have always been too embarrassed to go to the beach or even hang out in my yard without a shirt on. Can I get this fat removed by liposuction or is surgery required?
Answer: Enlargement of the male breast in gynecomastia may be caused by overgrowth of either glandular tissue or of fatty tissue or by a combination of the two. The glandular tissue tends to be very dense, fibrous and firm and is usually located in the central breast just beneath the areola. Glandular tissue is often tender to touch. Prominent fatty tissue is usually more widely dispersed throughout the breast. It can be somewhat fibrous in gynecomastia but is generally much less dense and firm than glandular tissue. When gynecomastia is due primarily to excess fatty tissue, it may well be able to be removed with liposuction, especially when additional advanced techniques utilizing energy sources such as ultrasound, laser or mechanical power are employed.
When overgrowth of glandular tissue significantly contributes to gynecomastia then direct surgical excision through an incision at the lower edge of the areola is usually required. This may or may not be combined with liposuction, depending on whether or not excessive fatty tissue is also present. The other variable determining the most appropriate treatment plan for gynecomastia is whether or not excess skin is also present and if so, the amount and quality of that skin. When there is a slight or moderate amount of skin excess and skin elasticity is good, the skin should retract well and result in an acceptable contour after liposuction alone. When there is a large amount of excess skin, and/or thin skin with poor elasticity, then excess skin must be excised by combining the glandular and fatty tissue excision or liposuction with a breast lift type procedure which will result in the desired contour improvement but more scars.
Question: I'm interested in getting gynecomastia surgery and I'm wondering if it's possible for the breasts to grow back after surgery.
Answer: It is possible for breast tissue to grow back after surgery for gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia occurs in men from an accumulation or overgrowth of glandular breast tissue and/or fat. When the excess tissue is glandular, it usually has developed because of stimulation from endogenous (internal) or exogenous (external) hormone exposure, or from hormone mimicking prescription or illicit drugs, i.e. marijuana. The treatment of gynecomastia includes identifying and discontinuing any causative agents and then surgery only if there is no spontaneous resolution. If the stimulus remains after surgery, the glandular overgrowth and associated symptoms may recur. This is due to the fact that a small amount of the glandular tissue is usually left behind on the undersurface of the nipple areolar complex (NAC). This tissue is attached to and continuous with the skin of the NAC. If it is thinned excessively during surgery then the circulation of the NAC may be compromised, resulting in necrosis and possible loss of part or all of the NAC. Also, and more commonly, the consequence may be contraction and or adhesions from scarring that may distort the appearance of the NAC.
When the excess breast tissue in gynecomastia is in part or completely fatty in nature, the risk of recurrence is less than with glandular tissue. In this case the standard treatment is with liposuction, and recurrence risk would be more or less the same as with liposuction in any other area of the body. Re-accumulation of fatty tissue may occur with subsequent weight gain after liposuction. Areas previously treated with liposuction, however are usually more resistant to this re-accumulation than other untreated areas of the body.
Enlargement of the breasts in men is known as gynecomastia. The condition may be the result of overgrowth of glandular tissue if there is some type of hormonal stimulus present. It also may be the result of accumulation of fat in the breasts that occurs in men and women with weight gain or aging. If you are not taking exogenous steroids or other medications that can stimulate growth of glandular breast tissue, then the excess tissue is probably fatty an would preferably be treated with liposuction. As with any liposuction treatment of any body part, patients at or near their ideal weight are the best candidates. The areas of fat accumulation being treated then are those that tend to be more resistant to weight loss.
Question: I have gynecomastia and would like to have surgery to remove the excess fat. After the surgery, do I have to worry about the fat returning?
Answer: Gynecomastia can be caused by either excess fat, excess glandular breast tissue, or a combination of the two. The excess fat is typically removed by liposuction. Excess glandular tissue may be able to be removed by liposuction, especially if ultrasound generating devices are utilized. Very often however, the dense fibrous glandular tissue can only be effectively removed by direct excision alone. Fat removed from the breast by liposuction for treatment of gynecomastia will not return, as long as your weight remains stable. If you gain weight after your procedure, fat may re-accumulate in the breasts as it will in other areas of the body. Typically however, areas of the body previously treated with liposuction, particularly with ultrasound assisted liposuction, tend to be somewhat resistant to re-accumulation of fat compared with untreated areas.
It is possible for excess glandular tissue to recur after excision for gynecomastia. Sometimes all or nearly all of the glandular tissue is removed. Not infrequently however, it is necessary to leave a small amount of glandular tissue behind on the undersurface of the nipple areola complex in order to avoid complications that may develop from over-aggressive thinning of the tissues. When this is required, there is usually adequate correction of the cosmetic deformity and no more glandular tissue remains than is normally present. Recurrent growth of the small amount of glandular tissue may occur if some type of stimulus remains or is re-introduced after surgery. Various forms of endogenous and exogenous steroids as well as prescription and non-prescription drugs are known to cause gynecomastia. If identified, these stimulants must be discontinued and time allowed for regression, before considering surgery.