Though rarely discussed, men who have excess or abnormal breast tissue (Gynecomastia) is an extremely common condition. One out of three American men suffer from some degree of enlarged breasts. This condition can be the source of embarrassment when wearing certain clothing and a loss of self-esteem. Fortunately, for most men, the best solution to reduce and reshape their breast is through surgery. The effects of this procedure result in a more toned masculine looking chest.
While it is normal for men to have some breast tissue, Gynecomastia is and excess of breast tissue. Male breast reduction is the surgical procedure that aims to reduce the excess tissue to a normal amount. Depending on the patient’s condition Dr. Mang may decide to combine liposuction with breast tissue removal. Although often times removal of the tissue alone is recommended. Due to extreme weight loss, there are sometimes cases where skin removal may be necessary as well.
During your initial consultation Dr. Mang takes time to explain the options regarding you procedure, what to expect, your desired results and how to best to prepare for the surgery. Make sure you wear loose, comfortable clothing on the day of surgery. You should plan to take at least one week off from work to recover. However Dr. Mang can best determine this based on your personal situation.
Work: Recovery takes time and it’s important that you’re patient with the process. Most people can return to work in 7-10 days. If you participate in sports or are physically active, you will have to wait at least three weeks, if not longer, to resume these activities.
Discomfort: After the surgery some moderate discomfort can be expected. Pain medication prescribed by your surgeon can help minimize the discomfort. However if discomfort persists, contact your surgeon immediately.
Recovery: The recovery after a male breast reduction surgery takes about one to two weeks. Bruising and mild swelling may also occur but usually diminishes within one to two weeks.
Results: Each patient heals and scars differently. It is vital to keep in mind that the results of this procedure vary from patient to patient. However most patients will enjoy their final result within six to twelve months.