Gynaecomastia is a medical term meaning male breast enlargement. It is the development of excess breast tissue in a male.
It's actually a common condition, but due to the self-concious nature of it, rarely talked about. It can occur as a result of hormonal stimulation during puberty or it can occur as a side effect of various medical conditions and some types of medication in older men.
The breast is made up of two main components, glandular tissue (firm and dense) and fatty tissue (soft). The ratio between the two varies from one man to another, but in Gynaecomastia there is usually an excess of both. This causes the appearance of breasts which can be further affected by how much excess weight is being carried.
Gynecomastia surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic and takes between 1 to 2 hours.
If excess glandular tissue is the cause, surgery will be performed to excise (cut out) the central part of the glandular breast tissue. It's not a straight forward technique as it can often fail to create a refined result. It also has an added risk of causing a depression in the central part of the chest and it can sometimes cause excess bleeding. A better technique is to use it along with liposuction. This techique involves sucking out the tissue through a small tube (inserted via a 3-4mm incision) over the whole chest giving better results. Under these circumstances less gland resection is needed and the results are more refined with fewer complications.
However, if there is predominantly a diffuse fatty enlargement of the breast then using liposuction on its own will often work best.
Mr Chana is highly skilled in using a new procedure called VASER® Liposuction for Gynaecomastia. It liquefies the fat prior to extraction which creates a smooth extraction process and minimises adverse side-effects. VASER® makes use of a combination of ultrasound energy and gentle suction to provide a relatively comfortable procedure with short healing times.
The procedure involves the insertion of an ultrasound probe into the tissues of the breast through a small incision. The probe emits a very localised energy which dissolves the fat without causing damage to other important structures such as the blood vessels and nerves. The fat is then gently removed with a suction tube. The technique creates much tissue trauma so that recovery times are enhanced. There is less bruising and pain and there are fewer complications.
Occasionally, even with VASER®, the central part of the breast has such dense glandular tissue that it cannot be removed and needs to be done so surgically. But because all the surrounding fat has been completely removed by the VASER®, the surgery is a lot easier.
There is a great deal of misleading advertising around Gynaecomastia and many men are falling for high street clinics offering ‘minimally invasive VASER®’ treatments to solve their conditions. As a result they are discovering that these treatments don't always work and their condition actually needs much more specialist help. As one of the UK's leading practitioners in VASER® Liposuction, Mr Chana has seen a large increase in patients coming to him for corrective procedures following visits to such clinics. In fact so widespread is the problem that part of his practice is now solely focused on secondary corrective surgery.
You can watch the video of one of Mr Chana's patients undergoing a Gynaecomastia procedure which was shown on Sky by clicking the link below.
The benefits of Vaser Liposuction
Surgery time
1 to 2 hours
Hospital stay
Day case
Time off work
1 week
Full recovery
4 to 6 weeks
Best results
3 to 6 months
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