Gynaecomastia is a medical condition characterised by the enlargement of the male breast due to proliferation of glandular breast tissue, the accumulation of fat in the chest area or a combination of both. Although this condition is common among men it is rarely discussed openly and can be a source of great physical embarrassment and stress.
In most cases Gynaecomastia is the result of a genetic predisposition however, in some instances the condition may be caused by other factors including hormonal imbalance, weight gain, underlying health conditions, drug or alcohol abuse or side effects from certain medications. It is important to identify the underlying cause of the condition to ensure that other treatment options are attempted before deciding upon surgery. Correction usually requires liposuction of the fat and glandular components but may require formal excision of the gland itself. In some men who are obese or have been overweight in the past the excess skin may require direct excision at the time of the surgery or subsequently to attain the best results. Dr Watts takes time to carefully evaluate not only the breast but entire chest wall in order to establish the amount and location of tissue to excise to ensure smooth contours and uniform shape.
• Improve contours of the male breast
• Reduce the size of the breast through liposuction of fat and glandular tissue
• Remove excess skin to restore ideal shape
• Improve existing asymmetries
Gynaecomastia surgery is usually performed alone but may be combined with other procedures after a discussion with Dr Watts.
Male breast reduction is performed by Dr. Watts on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia. On average it will take 1-2 hours to complete. A small incision is made on the side of the chest under the armpit for the introduction of the specially designed liposuction cannula. For those patients who require formal gland excision an incision is used along the lower half of the areolar to access the glandular tissue. A compression garment will be applied after the procedure to minimise swelling, provide support and assist with contouring. The garments are worn for a minimum of 6 weeks postoperatively with ongoing benefits when worn up to 3 months post-operatively. After surgery, patients are kept for observation for a few hours before they are allowed to return home with a friend or family member.
Written procedure specific information sheets will be given to you in order for you to prepare for your surgery. You may experience mild to moderate discomfort after the procedure and so a postoperative analgesia regime will be tailored to meet your specific needs. It is not uncommon to experience some diminished sensation in the chest and nipples along with swelling and some bruising, these symptoms usually settle within 2 weeks. Results become most apparent after 6-8 weeks however ongoing improvements in contour and shape will continue over the following months with complete healing taking up to 6 months.
For more information please call our office to schedule a personal consultation with Dr Watts to discuss how Gynaecomastia surgery can give you a trim defined and masculine chest.