Gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts, is a word derived from the Greek language meaning “female-like breasts”. This is due to the womanly shape that the male breast takes on when this condition occurs.
Gynecomastia is a fairly common problem among American men, though the condition is still rarely discussed.
Sometimes, this breast growth is temporary, caused by natural hormone fluctuations (such as during adolescence), but some of these cases persist and never go away on their own.
In these situations, treatment with surgery is the only way to resolve gynecomastia. Understandably, most men are nervous about the prospect of having surgery, particularly regarding anesthesia.
Fortunately, plastic surgery is generally very safe, and the complication rate is low. Here are the facts you need to know about anesthesia for gynecomastia treatment.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery
The surgery is fairly straightforward, though a specialist should always perform it in order to prevent complications. Once anesthesia has been administered, the surgeon performs laser liposuction (a gentle method that uses heat to melt fat).
Liposuction removes any excess fat from the chest area before the surgeon removes any extra breast gland tissue that may be present. The small, inconspicuous incisions are then closed. The patient must wear a compression garment for several weeks, and follow all post-op care instructions and restrictions to help promote a good outcome.
Local or General?
Gynecomastia surgery is not a one-size-fits-all type of procedure. The type of anesthesia to be used during the procedure varies depending on the severity of the situation and the unique needs of the patient.
A general rule of thumb is that if a large amount of skin or breast gland tissue needs to be removed (for example, if a breast lift is needed), general anesthesia most likely will be used. This is for the patient’s safety and comfort.
For cases requiring no major skin resection or excessive gland removal, the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, due to the gentle nature of the liposuction techniques often used. In our surgical suites, patients are given local anesthetic the majority of the time.
Most men who undergo gynecomastia surgery are fairly young and must be in general good health. Because of this, anesthesia complications are rare.
However, there are always some risks involved with surgery, and you should discuss these with your surgeon before you move forward. Be honest about your medical history and any medications you are on so that your doctor can make an accurate assessment of your risk profile.
Talk to a Gynecomastia Expert
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits, risks, and cost of male breast reduction surgery, then come to our New York offices and speak with our gynecomastia specialists. Our doctors have provided hundreds of patients with great results from male breast reduction and are standing by to help you too.
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