Is gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction) just a version of liposuction for male breasts?
Is Gynecomastia Surgery Just Breast Liposuction?
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Involves excision if necessary
Liposuction for Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia (male breast growth) is an enlargement of normal glandular tissue and fat. Liposuction is very helpful in tapering the excess fat to create a more male appearance to the chest, but it is not particularly effective for the harder glandular tissue beneath the nipple and areola. Most of the time, liposuction is combined with incisions at the edge of the pigmented part of the areola in order to remove excess glandular tissue. When the male breast enlargement has resulted in stretching of the skin it may be necessary to remove extra skin as well. It is important to plan any incisions in the pattern that hides them best.
Gyecomastia Treatment includes both excision of breast tissue as well as liposuction
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Gynecomastia surgery often improved by liposuction
Many others have already described this condition that is quite common and is very amenable to correction. A thorough examination and appropriate investigations are needed to look for medically reversible causes of male breast enlargement. In the absence of a medically treatable condition, gynecomastia surgery is the only effective treatment.
In most instances it is very important to be near your ideal weight before considering male breast reduction. Enlargement of the male breast can be primarily fat, primarily glandular tissue or a combination. Glandular tissue must be excised while fat tissue can be effectively reduced with liposuction. Some forms of liposuction, particularly Vaser and SmartLipo may offer some advantages for reducing the excess male breast fat. Although some novel instruments and strategies have been developed to remove glandular tissue through a small scar, most patients with excess glandular tissue require a scar along the edge of the areola for access. Excellent results are common with gynecomastia surgery performed by experienced Plastic Surgeons but recurrence, scar indentations and other complications occur occasionally.
Most patients who have this surgery regret not exploring their options earlier and are very happy with the results from surgery. Enlarged and dilated areolae can also be corrected at the time of this surgery when necessary. Patients are back to work in a few days for liposuction only procedures and 1-2 weeks when excision is required.
Liposuction is One Technique for Male Breast Reduction
Liposuction is one technique for Gynecomastia removal. With use of ultrasound or laser to dissolve the breast tissue, liposuction can be very effective by itself.
Sometimes, liposuction may be used in combination with cutting. Some cases of Male Breast Reduction may be done with cutting, alone.
The determination of the best techniques is based upon your surgeon's judgment and experience.
Think of liposuction as a technique or tool used in a procedure, not as an operation, per se.
Surgery for Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia is enlargement of the breast tissue in males. In the adult male it can be caused by several things such as obesity, alcoholism, certain medication, unresolved adolescent gynecomastia and others.
Correction involves creating a smooth chest contour. So I liposuction the chest thoroughly then make an incision on the skin/areolar junction from the 3:00-9:00 positions and remove the residual breast tissue. A small amount, approximately 1cm, is left on the areola to prevent a concave appearance. With the use of small liposuction cannulas and appropriate excision of tissue it is not difficult to get an excellent result.
Gynecomastia can be treated with liposuction or open surgery
This is a good question, since many men have gynecomastia but do not know that there are surgical options. The treatment really depends on the severity of gynecomastia and the density of the tissue. In many cases, all that is needed is traditional liposuction.
However, if the tissue is dense, then the addition of Smartlipo (laser) or ultrasound-assisted liposuction may help break up the tissues. Is some cases, however, it is necessary to actually cut out the tissue. Additionally, if there is a large amount of excess skin, then more incisions may need to be required to remove the skin.
I hope this is helpful.
What is gynecomastia
Gynecomastia or breast enlargement in men can be corrected by a variety of plastic surgical techniques. This condition often creates a psychological poor self perception and many males of all ages do not take their shirts off because of this stigma. Candidates are men who have over-developed or enlarged breasts which may occur as the result of hormonal changes or hereditary conditions.
Candidates are healthy men, whose condition cannot be corrected through exercise, weight reduction or other non-surgical treatments. Appropriate preconditions for surgery are the stabilization of breast development (no further breast enlargement) and localized areas of excess breast tissue and fat.
The procedure intends to reduce the breast size and redundant breast tissue to enhance the contours of the chest. The surgery often reduces physical discomfort associated with the area, as well as physiological and emotional dissatisfaction with the area.
General, Intravenous or local anesthesia are used for this procedure depending on the severity and type of procedure(s) selected by your plastic surgeon. It is performed on an outpatient basis. For males with very large breasts staged procedures (more than one procedure) may be required. For example, the first procedure may be liposuction, then several weeks to months later after skin contraction has occurred, a separate procedure is done to remove excess skin. By doing a staged procedure, often the final scars are less.
Oftentimes, specific types of liposuction cannulas are used and often in conjunction with direct removal of excess breast glandular tissue through small incisions for mild to moderate gynecomastia. Other specific techniques can reduce the areola when needed or reposition the nipple to create the appearance of a more natural contour.
Gynecomastia Surgery Depends On The Patient
Gynecomastia Surgery with Liposuction Alone
Thanks for the post. The short answer is no. Patients with true gynecomastia typically do not get ideal results with just liposuction. This is because in true gynecomastia there is an excess of breast tissue which is not similar in consistency and texture to fatty tissue. Whereas liposuction is useful in removing fatty tissue, it is rarely successful in removing breast tissue.
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