"Man Boobs" Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
Man-Boobs or Gynecomastia is a medical term that originates from the Greek words for "women-like breasts." Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of the male population. Men of any age who are healthy and emotionally stable are considered good candidates for male breast reduction surgery. The best candidates are those who have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the body’s new contours. In some instances, surgery may be discouraged for overweight men.
Enlarged male breasts can be reduced by CoolSculpting ("Fat freezing") or liposuction, or by cutting out excess glandular tissue. The procedure for male breast reduction takes 1 hour, on an outpatient basis, using general anesthesia for surgery or no anesthesia for CoolSculpting. If excessive glandular tissue, fat and skin is present, it will be removed, if you choose the surgical option.
For the removal of excess fatty tissue alone, liposuction may be all that is needed; in such cases, scars will be small and barely visible. A less invasive alternative would be CoolSculpting, where your fat is treated with cryolipolysis procedure that "freezes" your fat.
There is little downtime, and you may return to work within one week usually, unless you are involved in strenuous activities with the surgical option. If you choose the CoolSculpting option, there is no down time and you may return to work immediately after the in-office procedure.
There will be scarring in the incision areas the nipple of the breast (areola) from this procedure but they will fade over a period of time and be less visible. There will be some post-operative bruising, swelling, and burning sensation. To assist with the swelling and healing process, the plastic surgeon will suggest the patient wear a pressure garment for 3-6 weeks and must avoid exposing scarred areas to the sun for at least 6 months.