Adjustments to the round-the-clock technique for correction of gynecomastia

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Arch Plast Surg. 2019;46(6):608-608
Publication date (electronic) : 2019 November 15
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Contura Clinic, Bangalore, India
Correspondence: Sreekar Harinatha Contura Clinic, 2nd Floor, above KFC, Kammanahalli Main Road, Bangalore 560043, India Tel: +91-7022543542, Fax: +91-9632735005, E-mail:
Received 2019 May 28; Revised 2019 August 31; Accepted 2019 September 19.

Dear Editor,

We read with great interest about the new technique that Tarallo et al. [1] proposed for gynecomastia treatment using very small incisions. In our practice, we have also used a similar technique for treating gynecomastia of all grades. We have learned a few things over the course of our experience.

It is always advisable to perform liposuction first, before the glandular tissue is excised. Doing so has several advantages over performing excision first. The main advantages are better hemostasis, better creation of a surgical plane for dissection of the gland, and better assessment of the amount of glandular tissue that needs to be left behind in order to prevent contour deformities. We have found this technique to be particularly challenging in grade 3 gynecomastia, especially when the glandular tissue is large and widespread. An additional technique that we sometimes found useful was the use of small illuminated retractors. This improved our ability to create a plane between the gland and subcutaneous planes, especially in areas far away for the areola. We even tried using a naso-endoscope for better visualization, especially when dealing with perforators. However, the incisions needed to be extended by a few millimeters, which defeated the purpose of small-incision gynecomastia surgery.

While this technique is surely advantageous, especially in terms of scarring and faster recovery, it also has definite limitations in treating larger and firmer glands. In some cases, the benefit of small scars may be offset by the ability to better contour the whole chest in a more accurate manner.


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1. Tarallo M, Di Taranto G, Fallico N, et al. The round-the-clock technique for correction of gynecomastia. Arch Plast Surg 2019;46:221–7.

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