A male breast reduction or gynaecomastia procedure will require either a local or general anaesthetic.
There are a number of surgical options available and treatment will depend upon the severity of the condition:
Gynaecomastia is divided into three grades:
Grade 1: Breast tissue is distinct and situated under the nipple with no extra fat or loose skin. An incision is made around the lower half of the areola and the breast tissue is removed.
Grade 2: Excess breast tissue is more extensive and may blend into surrounding fat. There is no excess skin. Treatment will often include a combination of liposuction and surgical excision.
Grade 3: Here there is extensive breast development with an excess of skin. Treatment may require more extensive incisions than grades 1 or 2 to allow for removal of the excess skin.
Drains are usually inserted following the procedure and patients are warned that occasionally drainage can be prolonged.
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