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Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia surgery is a plastic surgery option available to men who suffer from an excess of fatty or glandular breast tissue. Gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction plastic surgery, has become a popular plastic surgery procedure for men. Gynecomastia surgery was performed on over 16,500 men in 2001, a 48 percent increase from 1997. The average cost of gynecomastia surgery is between $2500 and $3200. Male gynecomastia surgery is a relatively safe and successful procedure that results in a decrease in the size and appearance of male breasts.

Find Out if you are a Candidate fo Gynecomastia Surgery

In determining whether gynecomastia surgery is right for an individual, it is important to discover the cause of gynecomastia. Gynecomastia has several underlying causes including, steroid abuse, chronic liver disease, castration, chromosomal disorders, genetic disorders, obesity, tumors, aging, and some prescription drugs. During puberty it is common for young boys to develop an excess of glandular breast tissue which usually disappears on its own.

If obesity or drug use is found to be the cause of a person's gynecomastia, other treatment options may be used before gynecomastia surgery is considered. If gynecomastia surgery is found to be the best option for you, your plastic surgeon will discuss with you the details of what to expect before, during and after the gynecomastia surgery procedure. In order for gynecomastia surgery to be successful, it is important to have a good understanding of what the procedure entails and realistic expectations about the results.

Procedure

Gynecomastia surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis, meaning the patient is ready to go home a few hours after surgery. The gynecomastia surgery procedure itself takes anywhere from one to four hours and is done under a general anesthetic or a local anesthetic accompanied by sedation. The extent of the gynecomastia surgery will determine the type of anesthesia that will be used and how long the procedure will take.

Gynecomastia surgery that is performed to remove primarily excess glandular tissue is done by excision. This involves making a small inconspicuous incision at the edge of the areola or under the arm. The surgeon uses this incision to gain access to the excess glandular tissues that s/he is then able to remove from the area. This type of gynecomastia surgery technique can be used in conjunction with liposuction techniques to remove fatty tissues from the breast area. These tissues can be excised, but are more commonly extracted by vacuum using a cannula inserted into a small incision in the breast area.

Depending on the nature of one's particular gynecomastia surgery, the surgeon may elect to place drains in the area to draw off excess fluids that may collect. These drains are generally removed about three days after gynecomastia surgery. The average healing time is about four to six weeks. Gynecomastia surgery complications are infrequent and the results are often permanent and satisfying.

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