About the Gynecomastia Procedure
Gynecomastia is breast enlargement in men. In young men breasts can enlarge after puberty but generally resolves with time. Weight gain, hormonal changes, certain medications and drugs can affect breast size. Your physician can help you decide if your breast enlargement is intrinsic or if it may be related to other issues. Breast reduction surgery performed to reduce enlarged breasts using liposuction and/or cutting out excess glandular tissue. Liposuction does not remove breast tissue so if the enlargement is due to breast glandular tissue direct removal is required. Direct examination may not be able to tell what portion of enlargement is due to fat and what is due to glandular tissue. An in-depth discussion should be performed prior to any surgery.
What to Expect
Within the first week following surgery, you will begin to move about more comfortably as the days go on. You may be able to return back to non-strenuous work within 7-10 days following surgery. The chest wrap is usually removed in the office within a couple of days following surgery. A support bra is then worn for 4-6 weeks. Most stitches dissolve on their own.
After several weeks, any bruising, swelling and normal periodic discomfort will diminish. The support bra, at this point, may also be discontinued. Sensation within the nipple and areola will gradually improve. After about 4 weeks, you may return to most of your normal activities including exercise and lifting. After a few months, your breasts will start to settle into a more natural shape. Incision lines which initially are pinker, will begin to fade