Frequent Questions About Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
Depending on your nature of your excess breast tissue a combination of procedures may be performed. Excess glandular tissue is often removed through an incision using a scalpel while excess fatty tissue is commonly treated with liposuction. Only your surgeon can determine which treatment is appropriate for you. In either case the incision is usually hidden near the border of the dark tissue surrounding the nipple (areola).
How do I prepare for my breast reduction?
During your initial preoperative visit with your surgeon, be prepared to give a complete medical history including all your medications, allergies and previous surgeries. You will undergo a through physical examination and blood tests. If you are at or over age 40, an electrocardiogram will be required. Photographs, which do not include your face, are important aids in planning and performing your breast reduction. They become a permanent part of your patient record and are taken before and several months after your procedure.
During your consultation, you will be given specific directions to help you prepare for your procedure. Instructions generally include cautions about taking certain medication and drinking alcohol, the shaving process and use of antibacterial soap. You must not eat or drink anything eight hours before your procedure. Do not smoke two weeks prior to and two days after surgery. You must also stop taking aspirin or diet pills at least two weeks prior to the procedure. If you take daily medication, ask your surgeon if it is safe to take before your procedure. If you have any sores on your body, if you have a cold, sore throat or allergic condition, inform your surgeon so you may be examined prior to your procedure.
Operating time is generally about two hours.
What form of anesthesia is used?
General anesthesia is used for all surgical procedures and is performed by a Professional M.D. Anesthesiologist.
Breast reduction is done on an ambulatory basis and an overnight stay
will not be required. However, it is necessary that you have someone
pick you up after the procedure, take you home, and stay with you for at
least 24 hours.
· 1 month
· 3 months
· 6 months
· 1 year
How long before I can return to normal activity?
Most men return to their usual activities in one week. However, you must not lift anything for the first two weeks and do no heavy lifting for the first four weeks. Avoid raising your arms above your head for at least two weeks.