Gynecomastia surgery for men
Gynecomastia is a term applied to the development of enlarged male breasts. The term comes from the Greek words for “women-like breasts.” Though this oddly named condition is rarely talked about, it is actually quite common. Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60% of men. It may affect only one breast or both.
These enlargements may be quite small (only a few cubic centimetres in volume) but located right at the nipple-areolar complex causing a pointed protrusion.
Practically speaking, the glandular and fatty components are very often associated. However, we must not confuse pseudo-Gyneconmastia with the large breasts found in an overweight or obese individual. In the latter case, the excess may be limited to a few well-localized cubic centimetres in the nipple-areolar complex. Rarely extensive or excentric, this small excess gives the breast a protruding peaklike appearance. A large quantity of affected tissue would occupy a greater area.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction to cure Gynecomastia
A small incision, less than a half-inch in length, is made on the inferior part of the pectoralis. A slim hollow tube called a cannula, which is attached to a vacuum pump, is then inserted into the incision. The ultrasound-assisted liposuction consists in liquefying or emulsifying fat deposits by using a cannula that transmits ultrasound waves from its tip. Upon contact with these waves, tissues are turned into oil. The liquefied tissue will then be suctioned off under low pressure.
This surgery is done under local anesthesia and patients usually get back to their normal activity, the day after surgery.
When the fibro-fatty tissue is dense and located in the areola-nipple complex, it is preferable to directly remove this tissue by a semi-circular incision in the lower portion of the areola. This type of surgery is conducted under local anesthesia and lasts approximately one hour.
When the fibro-fatty tissue is dense and diffused throughout the breast, it is preferable to directly remove the tissue through to an inframammary incision (in the fold below the breast). This type of surgery is conducted under general anesthesia and lasts approximately 2 hours.