A fairly common issue for men, gynecomastia is a physiological occurrence that happens during puberty. At this time, many young men experience the enlargement of the breast tissue. Teens who experience gynecomastia usually find that the enlarged breast tissue subsides within a year.
However, men of different ages also experience the growth, especially when there is weight gain involved.
Gynecomastia- Procedure and Recovery
Undergoing a cosmetic procedure for gynecomastia is also known as reduction mammaplasty, which results in the reduction of excess breast tissue, flattening the chest area and sculpting out counters in the region.
In extreme cases of gynecomastia, where breast tissue has stretched out the areola, procedures are also performed to reshape the position and size of the areola through surgical improvement.
Anesthesia is given to a patient undergoing this procedure to provide comfort during the treatment. Choices include general anesthesia and intravenous sedation. Most often, the cause of gynecomastia is an excess amount of fatty tissue.
This is taken care of through liposuction. Liposuction utilizes a long, thin rod or cannula to literally suck fatty tissue through a few incisions. Excision techniques are best used for treatment when excess skin needs to be removed.
If the areola needs to be reduced or repositioned, this technique is also the most successful in creating a more natural looking appearance.
Depending on the needs of the patient and the repositioning of the areola, the surgeon will determine at the time of the procedure where the incisions will be placed.