What is Gynecomastia Treatment (Male Breast Reduction)?
Statistics show that the most common plastic surgery performed is breast augmentation and breast enhancement surgery. Given these facts it comes as no surprise that the majority of cosmetic surgery patients are women. In addition to serving women through breast enhancement procedures, Marshall Cosmétique also offers gynecomastia treatment, or male breast reduction, aimed to help men improve their appearance and self-image.
Who Should Consider Breast Reduction?
Like all elective surgery, good health and realistic expectations are requisite criteria for breast reduction. In addition, smokers are at a greater risk to experience complications from surgery. Other reasons to seek a breast lift are:
- Your breasts limit physical activity
- You experience back, neck and shoulder pain from the weight of your breasts
- You’re self image is affected by your overly low breasts
Dr. Marshall may measure and take photos of your breasts to discuss the proper amount of tissue that should be removed to get the results you desire. You may also
*** Please Note *** A baseline mammogram may be required before and after your surgery to detect changes in breast tissue.
What to Expect?
Prior to breast reduction surgery, Dr. Marshall will likely have you:
- Adjust or add medication
- Stop smoking
- Avoid taking aspirin
On the day of your breast reduction, your procedure will involve the following steps:
Anesthesia. Dr. Marshall will recommend whether you should undergo intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
Incision. Dr. Marshall will choose the incision pattern that will best suit your needs and preferences. The three common incision patterns associated with a breast reduction procedure:
Dr. Marshall will then trim and remove excess tissue and skin, reshaping your new, smaller breasts. In some cases, The areola may need to be removed and transplanted to an elevated position.
The incisions are then closed with sutures, skin adhesives or surgical tape to close the skin.
Recovery. After receiving breast reduction at Marshall Cosmétique, your breasts will be swollen, fluid retention and even bruising. Bandages are used to reduce swelling and compress the skin. You may also receive a drainage tube to flush out excess blood and/or fluid that may have collected during surgery.
When Can I Return to Work?
It is often possible for most patients to return to work after one week, however; some patients require two weeks. Reserve physical activity for about one month following surgery. It is normal to experience mild discomfort during this time. Report severe pain to your doctor immediately. Most patients return to normal activities within a month.
Risks. Like any surgical procedure, there are health risks that accompany elective breast reduction surgery. Common complications include but are not limited to:
- Loss of sensation in the breasts
- Fluid loss/accumulation
- Unfavorable scarring
In addition to these procedures, men are also more than welcome to take advantage of the vast array of other procedures at Marshall Cosmétiqe like facelift, rhinoplasty and liposuction.