alexa Gynecomastia: the horizontal ellipse method for its correction.


Reconstructive Surgery & Anaplastology

Author(s): Gheita A

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Abstract BACKGROUND: Gynecomastia is an extremely disturbing deformity affecting males, especially when it occurs in young subjects. Such subjects generally have no hormonal anomalies and thus either liposuction or surgical intervention, depending on the type and consistency of the breast, is required for treatment. If there is slight hypertrophy alone with no ptosis, then subcutaneous mastectomy is usually sufficient. However, when hypertrophy and/or ptosis are present, then corrective surgery on the skin and breast is mandatory to obtain a good cosmetic result. METHODS: Most of the procedures suggested for reduction of the male breast are usually derived from reduction mammaplasty methods used for females. They have some disadvantages, mainly the multiple scars, which remain apparent in males, unusual shape, and the lack of symmetry with regard to the size of both breasts and/or the nipple position. The author presents a new, simple method that has proven superior to any previous method described so far. It consists of a horizontal excision ellipse of the breast's redundant skin and deep excess tissue and a superior pedicle flap carrying the areola-nipple complex to its new site on the chest wall. RESULTS: The method described yields excellent shape, symmetry, and minimal scars. CONCLUSION: A new method for treating gynecomastis is described in detail, its early and late operative results are shown, and its advantages are discussed. This article was published in Aesthetic Plast Surg and referenced in Reconstructive Surgery & Anaplastology

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