The term refers to breasts on the male, which are both glandular and formed of excessive fat deposits. The condition is quite common, affecting between 40 and 60 percent of men. Correction results in a chest that is firmer, flatter and better contoured.
Who is a candidate?
Men who have developed enlarged breast glands, and resulting excess fat tissue in the breast area for any reason, be it hereditary, weight gain, use of steroids, or other conditions. Once the glands and fat deposits have become noticeable, weight loss and exercise are entirely ineffective in correcting the condition. Generally the procedure is not recommended for adolescents as some swelling of breast tissues is common in adolescence and the condition disappears on its own.
The procedure is done under anesthetic in the office. A small incision is made around the lower half of the areola through which the breast glands can be removed. Usually liposuction is then performed to remove excess fat and sculpt the chest into its most attractive state. The procedure will leave scars, but after six months to a year they are rarely noticeable.
The initial recovery period is from seven to ten days. If drains have been used (to prevent swelling and speed healing) they are usually removed about three days after the operation, at the first post-op doctor visit. Surface sutures may be removed after about a week. The patient can generally resume normal activity after this time, but must avoid all strenuous activity, particularly lifting or heavy exercise for four to six weeks. Finally, a compression garment is generally suggested for six weeks following surgery, to insure the best results possible.