Gynecomastia is a condition characterized by an enlarged male breast. Some 40 to 60% of men are affected by gynecomastia and, in many cases, there is no known cause. Male breast reduction is a surgical procedure which can help. This procedure removes excess fat and/or glandular tissue and sometimes excess skin from the breast in order to create a firmer, flatter appearance. You may be a candidate for male breast reduction if you are physically healthy and have realistic expectations for improving an enlarged, female-like chest. Less extensive cases may be able to be treated with liposuction alone, otherwise surgery will be necessary. Dr. Manchester performs male breast reduction surgery at his clinic located in San Diego, California. General anesthesia is typically used and surgical times average two hours. The incision is commonly located around the areola of the nipple which allows for a very well-disguised, nearly imperceptible scar after surgery. Working through this incision, Dr. Manchester will remove excess glandular tissue and fat and, if necessary, excess skin as well. The recovery after male breast reduction is generally quick. You may experience some minor discomfort and you will be able to take medication to counter this. As with any surgery, bruising and swelling are common but these side effects should fade within a week. You will be able to remove your shirt within ten to fourteen days without anyone knowing that you’ve had surgery. Work should be able to be resumed within just a few days, though you will need to hold off on strenuous activities and exercise for at least one month.


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What is gynecomastia? Gynecomastia is a medical condition affecting some 40% to 60% of men. This condition is characterized by an enlarged, female-like breast appearance. While gynecomastia can occur for a number of reasons, in many cases there is no known cause. What is male breast reduction? Male breast reduction is a surgical procedure which can improve the appearance of an enlarged male breast resulting from gynecomastia. A firmer, flatter breast appearance is created by removing excess fat and/or glandular tissue. In some cases, excess skin may be removed as well. How do I know if I’m a candidate for male breast reduction? If you are a man who is in good physical health and have realistic expectations for improving an enlarged breast, you may be a candidate for male breast reduction surgery. Liposuction alone may be an option in less extensive cases.

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