Chest Reduction Surgery, is performed in men who suffer from a condition called Gynecomastia an enlargement of the male breast as a result of an abnormal increase in the glandular tissue, affecting one in three men to various degrees. Although certain drugs and medical problems have been linked with male chest overdevelopment, there is no known cause in the majority of cases.
Many men feel very self-conscious about their appearance. Chest Reduction Surgery can help by removing fat and or glandular tissue (in extreme cases excess skin), from the male breast resulting in flatter, firmer and more contoured chest area.
Chest Reduction Surgery is usually involves using Liposuction or if excess glandular tissue is the primary cause of the male breast enlargement, it will be excised, or cut out. The excision may be performed alone or in conjunction with liposuction. In some cases Areola & Nipple Correction will be included in the procedure for a more balanced result.
Chest Reduction Surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis under local anaesthetic, with oral or I.V. sedation, and usually takes 2 to 3 hours to complete.
Mr Ferrando will discuss all aspects of the Chest Reduction Surgery procedure suitable to you, at your consultations.
At the consultation Mr Ferrando will take your medical history. He will thoroughly assess you, find out about your expectations of the surgery, and explain each stage and all medical options of the Chest Reduction Surgery to you.
Mr Ferrando will also explain the risks of smoking, and medications to you, as they can interfere with the procedure as well as the healing process.
Mr Ferrando strongly believes that “good communication and feedback” between himself and his patients greatly assures the maximum satisfactory outcome to all Cosmetic Surgery procedures.
If the Gynecomastia consists primarily of excessive fat, Mr Ferrando will perform Liposuction to remove the excess fat. A small incision is made around the edge of the areola placed in the underarm area. A thin tube called a cannula which is attached to a vacuum pump and is then inserted into the incision. Using strong, deliberate strokes, moving the tube through the layers beneath the skin, breaking up the fat and suctioning it out.
If excess glandular tissue is the main problem of the Gynecomastia, an incision is made in an on the edge of the areola or in the under arm area. Working through the incision, Mr Ferrando cuts away the excess glandular tissue, fat and skin from around the areola and from the sides and bottom of the breast. If Liposuction is used to remove excess fat, the tube is usually inserted through the existing incisions.
A small drainage tube may be inserted through to draw off excess fluids. Once closed, the incisions are usually covered with a dressing. You chest may be wrapped into a compressive garment the skin firmly in place.
After Surgery – Recovery
After the surgery, the compressive garment must be kept on for about a week. Drainage tubes will be removed before you leave the clinic. You may experience bruising and swelling for the first few days. Mr Ferrando will prescribe you pain relief medication to ease your discomfort.
Some type of stitches are dissolvable and will disappear over time, whereas others will need to be removed 5 to 7 days after surgery.
You should feel fine after 2-3 days after surgery. Patients are recommended to have at least 3 days off work to allow their body to rest and recover comfortably at home. Any strenuous exercise or activities should be avoided for at least 3 weeks after surgery.
Follow up appointments will be made for you after surgery, but if you have any questions, or you should feel unsure about anything, please contact Mr Ferrando and he will gladly talk to you. The well being of his patients is of utmost importance to him.
Risks and Side Effects
All surgeries carry certain risks and even though they are rare you should be aware of them before making your decision. Mr Ferrando will talk you through any possible risks and side effects at his consultations as they will vary depending on the patient’s body shape, age, condition and lifestyle.