Enlarged breast tissue in males (gynecomastia) is a fairly common problem. This can be a source of great embarrassment and can keep individuals from going out in public with their shirt off.
Gynecomastia can be corrected with a combination of liposuction and usually excision of excess breast tissue. This can be done with a small incision going halfway around the nipple which is relatively inconspicuous. However, men who have a great deal of sagging breast tissue and sagging skin, scars will need go outside of the nipple area which will therefore show more with a shirt off.
This operation takes 2 hours of general anesthesia and is done as a day stay in the hospital. The patient can usually return to work within a week and heavy exercise in 4 to 6 weeks.
- Gynecomastia correction can be extremely successful and bring great satisfaction to individuals who need it.
- There are scars that will be present which generally fade; however, if necessary to remove a great deal of excess skin, the scars will go outside of the nipple area.
- Recovery time generally is a week to return to normal activities; however, heavy activities such as weight lifting or jogging can take 4 to 6 weeks.
- Unfortunately insurance does not usually pay for correction of gynecomastia.