Recognized as a top plastic surgeon in Toronto, Dr. Pirani will determine what surgical technique(s) will give you the best chest contour with the least amount of visible scarring so that you can restore your confidence.
Introduction to Male Breast Reduction
The development of excess breast tissue in men is termed gynecomastia. Gynecomastia can be caused by excess gland or excess fat or a combination of both. The condition can cause a significant amount of embarrassment, especially when changing in public or swimming.
It is a very common condition with incidence rates between 32% to 40% in most populations. Gynecomastia during puberty has incidence rates of up to 65%. Most gynecomastia that occurs around the time of puberty, however, is temporary.
Although gynecomastia can be temporary, in a small minority of men it becomes permanent.
Who is a good candidate for male breast reduction (gynecomastia) surgery?
Men with any of the following may be candidates for male breast reduction surgery:
- large breast mounds or excess breast size
- large areola diameter (dark area around the nipple)
- prominent or protruding nipples
In addition good surgical candidates should be relatively healthy. Smokers should quit smoking for at least 3 to 4 weeks prior to surgery.
How is a male breast reduction performed?
There are many different techniques available for obtaining the ideal chest contour in men. The specific technique used depends on the amount of excess gland, fat, and skin present.
In men with only excess fat, liposuction alone can be the treatment of choice. The majority of men can be treated with liposuction alone.
In men with excess glandular tissue, a small incision around the areola is needed to remove the excess glandular tissue. Sometimes a combination of gland excision and liposuction is needed to obtain optimal results.
In a small percentage of men, there is a much larger amount of excess gland, fat, and skin. In these cases, larger incisions may be needed to obtain a flat chest contour.
In most cases these incisions are well hidden at the border of the areola. Chest hair also helps hide these incisions.
Dr. Pirani will determine what surgical technique(s) will give you the best chest contour with the least amount of visible scarring.
Recovery After Male Breast Reduction Surgery
There will be some swelling present for several weeks after your male breast reduction procedure. In most men, some bruising will last anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks after the surgery. Dr. Pirani may have you wear a compression garment for 2 to 6 weeks after the surgery, depending on the amount of tissue removed.
Most men feel well enough to go back to work within 7 to 10 days. Dr. Pirani will see you regularly after your male breast reduction surgery to ensure that you’re healing well and progressing well.
The Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia) Consultation
There is a large amount of information to review during a gynecomastia consultation. Your initial consultation with Dr. Pirani will take about an hour while he discusses all of the surgical options relevant to you. Dr. Pirani will then create a custom surgical plan for you. He will go over risks and complications and give you an idea of what you should expect in terms of results and recovery.
Dr. Pirani’s goal is to educate you so that you fully understand your customized surgical plan.
To schedule a consultation with Toronto gynecomastia surgeon Dr. Pirani, call 416-360-8772. We look forward to meeting you.