Gynecomastia surgery is performed either with sedatives and local anaesthetic or under general anaesthetic. Depending on the individual patient, the treatment takes between one and three hours.
When excess fatty tissue is the main cause for the male breast reduction, London surgeon Mohammad Jawad will usually employ liposuction for the best results. This is where fat cells are broken down and then sucked out using a hollow tube (cannula) attached to a high powered pump. A small incision is made near the areola or by the armpit in order to allow the cannula to access the tissue, and when the treatment is complete, these incisions are stitched.
When removing excess glandular tissue, it is sometimes necessary to utilise a scalpel to break up and remove unwanted materials, and in cases where a large amount of tissue is removed, it may be necessary to make larger incisions and to remove some excess skin.
After your male breast reduction, London surgeon Mohammad Jawad will put a drain in place in order to ensure that excess blood or fluid does not build up inside the body. A pressure garment is usually worn for around one to four weeks, in which time bruising, tenderness and lumpiness can often occur, but should not persist. Pain medication will be prescribed should the need occur.
Mr Jawad notes the importance of understanding the inherent risks associated with any form of surgery, and in the case of male breast reduction surgery, these include:
- Infection, excessive bleeding, noticeable scars, permanent pigment changes in the breast area.
- Asymmetry of the nipple and/or breast
- Sensory changes
- Male Breast Ptosis (drooping) at the lower edge of the pectoral chest muscles. (Removing excess tissue and skin does not always resolve the drooping issue, however, in many instances, an additional treatment called Male Breast Lift can address the issue.)