Gynecomastia

Length of Surgery

2-3 Hours

Price Range

$7,500 Plus HST

Summary of Surgery:

Gynecomastia is a disorder found in men in which there is a significant increase in size of the breast tissue.  Gynecomastia surgery is a cosmetic procedure that removes glandular breast tissue removed resulting in flatter chest.

Type of Anesthesia:

General Anesthesia

Recovery Period:

1-2 weeks off from work

4-6 weeks before resuming physical activity

Gynecomastia

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What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a benign increase in the size of male breast tissue.   This can be an inherited or acquired condition and for most men, this condition is temporary. Men who are affected by this condition often suffer embarrassment which can lead to anxiety and severe depression.

The development of gynecomastia is most often associated with benign pubertal changes that resolves over time.  However there are genetic hormonal conditions as well as drug therapies that can lead to lasting changes.  

What is Gynecomastia Surgery?

Typically conservative management such as correcting any hormone imbalances and stopping the eliciting drug is attempted for management of gynecomastia.  However, in chronic conditions, some individuals may chose to have these enlarged breast tissue surgically removed.  Gynecomastia surgery is a cosmetic surgical procedure that utilizes surgical approaches such as subcutaneous mastectomy or liposuction-assisted mastectomy to remove that excess subglandular tissue.

 
Suitable Candidates

Candidates for male breast reduction men who are in overall good health and are suffering from one or more of the following symptoms of gynecomastia:

  • Excess amounts of breast tissue on one or both sides

  • Sagging or hanging breast tissue/nipples

  • Excess skin around the chest

  • Exceptionally sensitive breast tissue or nipples

  • Solid mounds of breast tissue

If you are a patient exhibiting any of these or similar symptoms, you are likely a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery. Dr. Chivers will make a final determination of your candidacy and what surgical procedures you require during the initial consultation. It is important to note that patients that are suffering from gynecomastia due to drug interactions may not be eligible for surgery until the drug is discontinued or may only be eligible for limited surgical assistance.

Procedural Details

Male breast reduction focuses on removing enough fatty and glandular breast tissue to create a flatter and smaller chest contour, resembling the chest of a typical male. When necessary, Dr. Chivers will also remove excess skin and adjust the height of the areola to create a more aesthetically pleasing look. Every patient gets a custom procedure that fulfills their specific needs and wants.

 
 
Recovery

The full recovery process for male breast reduction surgery usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks. For the first 7 to 10 days, you will experience moderate pain and should avoid strenuous activities. After 7 to 10 days, you should be able to return to work and engage in light activities.  Swelling is common immediately after surgery which temporarily increases in the size of your chest.  By 6 weeks all normal activities can be resumed.

Post-op Recovery at a Glance
  • Pain medication and antibiotics are prescribed for the first week following surgery. Any post-operative pain is typically mild to moderate and should be taken as prescribed.

  • You will find tensors on your chest after surgery which should be worn for the first week even while sleeping.  It can be switched to a sports bra afterwards.

  • Patients are able to walk the day after surgery.

  • Incisions are to be kept dry for the first week. Patients can shower after that.

  • Patients are able to return to light duties at work typically after 2 weeks.

  • Ends of dissolving sutures are trimmed at 3 weeks.

  • Patients are able to resume full activities and to exercise after 6 weeks.

  • Immersion of incisions in baths, hot tubs, pools, oceans should be avoided for 6 weeks.

 
 
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