The appearance of oversized male breasts is a condition that affects men of all ages. To correct this problem and improve their sense of well being, many men undergo gynecomastia surgery. In fact, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery stated that 22,736 gynecomastia procedures were performed in 2012. However, due to genetics, diet, or use of certain medications and drugs, some men eventually gain back their enlarged breasts. In other instances, men who did not get the results they were looking for the first time around may desire to undergo a secondary procedure to further improve their appearance.
Candidates for gynecomastia revision surgery are in good overall health and have already undergone a male breast reduction procedure in the past. They want to have a revision because their chest no longer looks like it did after their first gynecomastia procedure and they have also tried diet and exercise to improve the look of their chest. Although gynecomastia revision surgery is very effective, patients should have realistic expectations about the outcome of their procedure.
Gynecomastia revision is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the use of liposuction and excision to restore a firm and attractive appearance to the breasts. Dr. Chiu performs the procedure on an outpatient basis under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The placement of the incisions on the chest will depend on preference and the severity of the enlarged breasts.
After the correct incisions are made in the targeted areas of the breasts, a cannula (thin hollow tube) will be inserted underneath the skin. As the cannula is gently moved back-and-forth, fat deposits are separated from muscular tissue and removed through vacuum suction.
In some cases, excess skin and glandular tissue may also be present and require removal. As skin is excised through inconspicuous incisions, the remaining tissue is sculpted to a better-contoured physique.
After the desired amount of fat and skin tissue is removed, the incisions will be closed with sutures.
After the gynecomastia surgery is complete, the chest will be wrapped with bandages and a compression garment to help reduce swelling and bruising. Patients may feel some pain and discomfort over the next few days, but these symptoms can be alleviated by prescribed medication. Many men feel that they can return to work after about 4-7 days, but should refrain from performing any strenuous activity and exercise for at least two to three weeks.
The final results will not be immediately apparent after gynecomastia revision surgery is complete. However, over the coming weeks, the chest will become noticeably more firm and contoured. Incisions are often placed underneath the chest or in the folds of the breasts to conceal any scarring that exists. Men are usually very satisfied with the results of their procedure and can feel more confident baring their chest in public. Your final results can be long-lasting if you live a healthy lifestyle and maintain your weight.