Needing liposuction can be a very embarrassing thing for many men. Most do not want to admit that they need the surgery, and it is even more difficult for male patients that must have gynecomastia liposuction, sometimes referred to a male breast reduction surgery. The appearance of male breasts can cause even more embarrassment than needing the actual liposuction procedure itself.
Although it is not commonly known, the breast region is one of the biggest problem areas and is the most popular liposuction area amongst men. Liposuction of male breasts will improve the patient’s physical appearance by removing fat from this area without causing damage to any surrounding skin or muscles. Furthermore, male breast reduction surgery will prevent any further re-occurrences of gynecomastia in the future.
There are several ways to define the enlarged male breast, which include pseudogynecomastia, and true gynecomastia.
Gynomastia liposuction can provide a significant improvement to the excessive fat that causes the abnormal male breast in the first place.
A normal male breast contains adipose or fat tissue and fibrous glandular tissue. The breast tissue in males is typically a small localized lump that is located under the nipple, and should be more firm that the surrounding fatty tissue. The fatty breast tissue can be easily removed through liposuction.
On the other hand, glandular tissue can be much harder to remove than the fat tissue. It is sometimes difficult to accurately assess the relative amount of fat tissue and glandular tissue in the male breast. A mammogram is used to help assess the amount of dense glandular tissue located around the fatty breast tissue, before a liposuction procedure is performed.
Causes of Gynecomastia in Men
Pseudogynecomastia is an enlargement of male breasts caused by an excessive amount of fat tissue with a normal amount of glandular tissue. Most unusually large male breasts are the result of excessive fat, and can occur in men as they become older. Pubertal Gynecomastia is common in young men who are relatively obese.
True gynecomastia is an enlargement of male breasts caused by excessive glandular breast tissue. Gynecomastia can be caused by alcoholism, failure of the testicles to produce sufficient testosterone, and certain medications.
A bilateral gynecomastia can also be caused by the HIV virus infection, renal failure treated with hemodialysis, and testicular cancer. No matter what the cause of the enlarged male breast, they can all be treated with the liposuction procedure.
Gynecomastia liposuction surgery is most effective for pseudogynecomastia, but is not as effective for true gynecomastia. The breast tissue is dense, fibrous and more difficult to penetrate and remove with a typical liposuction cannula.
Gynecomastia Liposuction Procedure
Microcannulas are used in the removal of breast tissue and fatty tissue from the normal male breast. Dense glandular breast tissue requires surgical removal using a scalpel followed by closure using stitches. However, the excision method using a scalpel has the high probability of causing scarring retraction and disfigurement. Smaller cannulas are used to facilitate liposuction of male breast glandular tissue, which gives the best results.
The male breast reduction procedure is usually performed using local anesthesia which is injected into the areas of the skin overlying the breasts, and into small incisions. A large volume of local anesthesia is then injected into the breasts. The reason for this is that the anesthesia can penetrate the resistant glandular breast tissue.
The smaller the cannula, the easier it will be to penetrate the dense breast tissue. Most male patients achieve more than a fifty percent improvement in the appearance of their unsightly breasts. However, in some cases there is not much room for improvement, and is especially true for thin men with a minimal amount of excess fatty tissue. In these cases, patients may only experience thirty percent improvements.
Surgeons should provide patients with a written estimate on how much the appearance of their breast will improve after the gynecomastia liposuction procedure has been completed.