Pseudogynecomastia is often mistaken for “true” gynecomastia but there is a significant difference between the two conditions. Pseudogynecomastia is caused by a buildup of fat, not glandular tissue. Unlike true gynecomastia, it can often be treated with exercise and diet or less invasive surgical methods like liposuction.
Gynecomastia surgery or male breast reduction surgery can be performed to remove the glandular breast tissue and create a more contoured, masculine chest. Different surgical techniques can be used depending on the severity of each patient’s gynecomastia. Grade 1 or 2 gynecomastia is categorized by a minimal amount of breast growth and can be successfully treated with smaller incisions combined with liposuction. Grade 3 or 4 gynecomastia is a more severe case in which the male breasts are sagging (resembling female breasts) and there is often excess skin that must be removed along with the glandular tissue.
The standard surgical technique for a male breast reduction procedure is performed under light general anesthesia. Dr. Delgado will start by making an incision in the armpit, along the breast fold, or around the areola. Liposuction removes excess fatty tissue and sculpts the chest for a toned, masculine appearance. Next, the skin is lifted, and glandular tissue is removed in small pieces until a smooth, toned appearance is achieved. After the surgery is complete, a specialized compression garment designed by Dr. Delgado is placed around the chest to compress and shape the newly contoured chest.
Gynecomastia Revision Surgery
Corrective surgery to improve the results of an initial operation is more difficult, which is why it is important to seek out a gynecomastia expert like Dr. Delgado. Patients may need gynecomastia revision surgery because liposuction was used without excision, not enough glandular tissue was removed, or a crater deformity developed in the chest contour. Gynecomastia revision surgery involves the same techniques as gynecomastia surgery, but special care will be taken to ensure optimal results are achieved.
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