Gynecomastia Surgery in Pune(Male Breast Reduction)

*Disclaimer – Results may vary from Person to Person

Gynecomastia is a condition of the male chest where the breast glands are over developed or there is excess fat either by birth or due to a hormonal imbalance. Male breast reduction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and glandular tissue from the breast. The result is a flatter, firmer, better contoured appearance. Male breast over-development (gynecomastia) affects 40 – 60% of all men and the cause is often unknown. Breast reduction can help men with gynecomastia regain confidence by making their chest flatter and firmer. At Karishma Laser & Cosmetic Clinic male breast reduction is treated with sensitivity and a procedure customized to fit your body contour can be devised.

When is Male breast reduction necessary?

In instances where there is excessive growth of the male breast (fibro-fatty tissue). In such cases, male breasts look big and large and resemble a female breast to a great extent. Male breast reductions can help build self-confidence in individuals who were once embarrassed by their appearance.

In instances where there is excessive growth of the male breasts (fibro-fatty tissue), it protrudes more and looks larger, almost resembling the female breasts to a great extent. This, however, is a general case with distinctively varying causes. This surgery can be opted for both cosmetic and medical reasons and becomes necessary in men who:

  • Aren’t able to get rid of their man boobs through exercise and alternative medical treatments for a long time
  • Have developed gynecomastia after suffering from liver failure, testicular failure, cimetidine, digitalis or from a side-effect from chronic medication with steroids.
  • Have developed negative mental and behavioural changes such as insecurity, anxiety, isolation, or depression.
  • Are fit in general but need to get in perfect shape for professional reasons.

Male breast reductions can help build self-confidence in individuals who were once embarrassed by their appearance and cause a dramatic transformation in their perspective towards themselves.

What does the actual procedure involve?

Under general or local anesthesia, liposuction is performed on the entire area of the chest to remove excess fatty tissue. After liposuction, if glandular tissue is still present, then an incision is made under the arm or around the edge of the areola. Excess glandular tissue is removed, the incision is closed and the patient is asked to wear a compression garment.

Like female breast reduction surgery, gynecomastia surgery typically involves a liposuction procedure as well. However, it is performed in the following steps:

Step 1 – Anesthesia :You’ll be sedated with either general anaesthesia or intravenous sedation to ensure that your muscles are relaxed throughout the procedure.

Step 1 – Anesthesia :You’ll be sedated with either general anaesthesia or intravenous sedation to ensure that your muscles are relaxed throughout the procedure.

Step 2 – Incision site: :The location of the incision is crucial for removing maximum fat glands and tissues. There are two different approaches to making the incisions:

  • If the problem can be solved with liposuction alone, that a few small incisions will be made around the chest to move the liposuction device.
  • If glandular breast tissue or excess skin is to be removed manually along with liposuction, a single long incision will be made from the axillary towards the centre of the chest while preserving the nipples.

The position of these incisions may differ according to your breast shape and your gynecomastia surgeon’s preference.

Step 3 – Tissue Removal:As male breasts have more fibrous tissues, a Power-assisted Liposuction or Ultrasonic liposuction is more preferred for breast reduction in men.The liposuction device is moved steadily across the chest wall to loosen up the fat tissues and a suction device is used to remove them from the chest. The remaining glandular fat tissues are removed manually through the incision.If necessary, excess skin is cut, the areola is reduced and the nipple is repositioned to a more natural male contour.The incision/s are closed with sutures and clinical bandages, and the patient is asked to wear a compression garment.

How long does the entire procedure take?

The male breast reduction surgery is generally completed within an hour and a half.

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*Disclaimer – Results may vary from Person to Person

What can I expect after a Male breast reductions procedure?

You will probably feel some discomfort for several days following your gynecomastia surgery. You may be prescribed medications to make you feel more may have to wear a pressure garment for 2 to 3 weeks. Breast reduction surgery results will be visible immediately but the final shape of the chest may evolve in around 6-8 weeks. Sensation in the nipple and aerola area can be reduced temporarily for 3-6 months. In rare cases, however, sensation is reduced permanently.

Frequently asked questions :

When can I return to normal activities?

You’ll be able to start walking the day following surgery, but will need to avoid exercise or any other activity that can endanger the chest area, for up to 2 weeks.

Is Male breast reduction covered by medical insurance?

Most insurance companies do not consider male breast reductions to be medically necessary, and generally do not cover the cost of this procedure. To keep costs down all procedures are performed in the operation theatres at KLCC.

What age does one have to be to have male breast reductions done?

Although there is no set age for male breast reductions, it is advisable to wait till the chest and breasts have finished developing. The right age can be anywhere between 18 to 60 years only if you have good general health.

What are the essential questions to ask during the gynecomastia surgery consultation?

When you’ll visit any cosmetic surgeon for your gynecomastia treatment in Pune or anywhere in India, the surgery will first conduct a thorough consultation session to learn more about your expectations from this surgery.

However, many factors related to your gynecomastia surgery will be unique to your situation, so we recommend that you be prudent and ask the more pressing questions to the surgeon directly, such as:

  • What cosmetic surgery do you specialise in and how long have you been practising for the same?
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • Are your surgical rooms and devices nationally accredited by an organization?
  • What steps am I expected to take to gain the best results from this surgery?
  • Can you explain the complications regarding this surgery in detail?
  • What if I’m unsatisfied with the results after the surgery? How will you help me then?
What Can One Expect After The Gynecomastia Surgery?

Slight swelling and bruising will be present for the first three to four weeks which will subside gradually.
If a long incision was involved, your chest will be installed with a thin draining tube fitted in firm bandage support to remove any excess fluids that accumulate in the chest region. These tubes and bandages will be removed once the draining stops. You’ll have to wear a compression garment which will allow all the empty spaces to collapse and the skin to retract and stick to the wall muscles. Wearing this garment for at least six weeks is mandatory.You’ll be provided with a specific set of instructions which will include activity modifications to reduce any stress on the fresh wounds, maintaining a healthy diet, taking prescribed pain medications, etc. and you are expected to follow them faithfully.

How Is The Healing Process After The Gynecomastia Surgery?

In most people who undergo gynecomastia surgery in India, the stitches are removed in the next seven to ten days as the wound appears to have healed superficially.However, it takes several weeks for the entire region to completely heal. During this time, the compression garment will be more helpful.After a week, you may be able to perform normal movements. You can start light lower body exercises after the second week itself. That said, you’ll be allowed to lift weights only after complete recovery which is no sooner than six weeks.

How Should One Prepare For The Gynecomastia Surgery?

Like any other medical procedure, the male gynecomastia surgery involves thorough evaluation and analysis of your health to ensure utmost safety.It starts with specified lab tests and general physical fitness evaluation. Your medical history and recent surgeries will also be taken into account. From your side, you’ll be expected to be completely honest about your drinking and smoking habits as they can greatly hamper the results of this surgery. You’ll have to stop smoking and drinking, and also avoid certain blood-thinning medications specified by your surgeon. Most importantly, you need to have a clear understanding of your expectations versus the results this surgery will yield. Share your desires with your gynecomastia surgeon candidly and make sure they are realistic and achievable. Ask someone to drive you to and from the clinic for the surgery and possibly stay with you for at least the night after the surgery to help you with your chores.

What Are The Risks And Complications Involved In Gynecomastia Surgery?

Irrespective of where you perform your male breast reduction surgery in India, this procedure is considered to be extremely sophisticated and safe. However, as the surgery involves a lot of commitment and diligence from the patient’s side as well, the chances of developing complications will persist. Another prominent reason for any complications after this surgery is hiding important medical information. In general, these complications aren’t chronic and easily treatable. You’ll be made aware of these complications beforehand and you will have to sign a consent form stating that you understand them explicitly. Most of the common complications involved in Gynecomastia Surgery include:

  • Temporary bleeding from the wound
  • Accumulation of bodily fluids
  • Persisting pain in and around the chest
  • Allergic reaction to anaesthesia
  • Formation of small blood clots
  • Asymmetry in breast contour and irregularities
  • Temporary changes in nipple or breast sensation
  • Infectious development in the wound
  • Poor healing progress
  • Unfavourable scarring which doesn’t reduce or fade
  • Possibility of a revision surgery
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications