Gynecomastia: breast surgery for men

Can you have your breasts redone when you are a man? Men can also benefit from cosmetic breast surgery techniques. Indeed, when fat accumulates in the pectorals (fatty gynecomastia), the male silhouette loses virility. In some cases, simple liposuction is enough to eliminate this aesthetic defect. In others, this fatty mass is associated with a significant increase in the volume of the normally atrophic male mammary gland (true gynecomastia). In this case, the cosmetic surgeon must combine liposuction with the removal of the male mammary gland by making an incision at the level of the lower contour of the areola.

Causes of gynecomastia in men

Gynecomastia is due to excessive development of the male mammary gland (hormonal origin) or an accumulation of fat (adipomastia).

Depending on its degree of importance, it gives an appearance of small breasts, even sagging breasts & greasy pectorals.

It can be bilateral or located on only one of the pectorals, thus giving an asymmetrical appearance to the “greasy” pectorals.

One of the causes of gynecomastia can therefore be hormonal: often temporary in adolescents (pubertal gynecomastia), it can be permanent in adults.

Breast surgery for gynecomastia

Gynecomastia surgery is a cosmetic surgery for men wishing to lose their “unsightly chest,” giving the pectorals a fat, hanging, and unsightly appearance. It is indicated when bodybuilding and diet do not allow the male patient to firm up his breasts/pectorals.

There are two types of gynecomastia in men:

  • Adipomastia – When the problem is due to local fat accumulation, gynecomastia surgery singapore is called adipomastia. In this case, treating the aesthetic defect of the pectorals consists of simply localized liposuction, leaving a scar of 2 to 3 mm.
  • True Gynecomastia – When the problem is due to hypertrophy of the male mammary gland (excess fat) called True Gynecomastia, it is necessary to combine pectoral liposuction with surgical removal of the glandular tissue. The cosmetic surgeon thus makes a short incision at the level of the lower edge of the areola – the resulting scar being almost invisible.

The correction of gynecomastia, whether it requires either simple liposuction of the pectorals or additional removal of the male mammary gland, is carried out either under local anesthesia with sedation (the patient remains awake) or under general anesthesia.

The duration of the intervention is variable but, in general, does not exceed 1h30.

A sculpting dressing is then put on and replaced by a compression bodysuit before the male patient leaves the clinic. The hospitalization is of the ambulatory type; the patient can thus return home at the end of the day after the operation.

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Results & post-operative follow-up after gynecomastia

The immediate postoperative period is generally painless. Specific analgesic treatment is for a few days after the operation.

Edema (swelling), ecchymoses (bruises), and discomfort when raising the arms are common the first few days after the operation.

The result of aesthetic improvement of the pectorals is clear and immediate – the final result is visible after six months, the time that the edemas disappear, and the excess skin retracts

In conclusion, Gynecomastia reduces pectoral fat, giving the appearance of large breasts in men. The disappearance of gynecomastia brings important psychological well-being because this aesthetic defect of the pectorals is often perceived as a reduction of virility. Therefore, if you are planning to go for gynecomastia surgery and improve your appearance, consult the professionals at Covette Clinic.