Male Breast Reduction
Enlarged male breasts (also known as gynecomastia) can affect men for various reasons and at nearly any age. The plastic surgeons at Healing Waters can remove glandular breast tissue with liposuction or excision to improve the contour of the chest.
Male breast reduction is a surgical correction to reduce breast size in men with gynecomastia, which is excessive glandular and fatty tissue in the male breast. Our highly trained plastic surgeons can remove excess breast tissue to create a flatter, firmer chest with a more masculine contour.
The techniques used may vary. Commonly, incisions are made around the areola (nipple), and excess tissue is surgically removed. Liposuction may be used to help remove fatty tissue. In some cases, the areola may also need to be repositioned.
If you would like to know more about our male breast reduction treatment options, contact Healing Waters to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our plastic surgeons.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Gynecomastia surgery can be helpful for men who feel self-conscious about an overly developed breast area. Ideal candidates are generally healthy and fit for surgery, non-smoking, with good skin elasticity. It is important that you discuss your lifestyle and habits, particularly smoking, steroid, medication, drug or alcohol use, with your surgeon to assess your risk, candidacy and options.
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Recovery time will vary depending upon the surgical approach used. Recovery can range from a few days to several weeks. Your surgeon will thoroughly review with you the procedure, risks, and post-surgical recovery instructions and expectations.
Following surgery, you can expect swelling as well as pain and discomfort that can be managed with rest and medication. There may also be some bruising or skin numbness (usually temporary). A compression garment or wrap may be worn for two to four weeks. It can take time for swelling to reduce and for your chest to fully settle into its new contour. Strenuous activity should be avoided for a period of time, generally two to four weeks. Your surgeon will advise you more specifically in accordance with your customized treatment plan and needs.
While the majority of patients experience great results with minimal complication, there are some risks to be aware of. A few of the complications that can develop include infection, bleeding, uneven (asymmetrical) shape, abnormal scarring and loss of nipple sensation. Our skilled plastic surgeons are dedicated to ensuring your safety and comfort, and will consult with you in detail regarding the procedure, benefits, your candidacy, goals and risks.
The surgical technique used will determine the nature and visibility of the resulting scars. In many cases, incisions are made around the areola, but can be made elsewhere on the chest and in the armpit (for liposuction). In more severe or complex cases, recommended procedures may require techniques that will leave more visible scars. The appearance of the resulting scars should fade improve with time.
Some patients may be prone to forming keloid (red or raised) or hypertrophic (dark in color) scars. Let your surgeon know if you are aware of a tendency toward abnormal or highly visible scarring.
Male breast reduction surgery can be a highly effective option for addressing overdeveloped male breasts. The results are usually lasting and rewarding, though they can be reversed with weight gain, use of certain drugs or hormonal imbalances.
Time off work will vary with the patient, extent of the procedure and the nature of the job. More complex cases or jobs that require heavy lifting can result in more time needed off work. Some men return to work in three days, while others can take two or three weeks. Your surgeon will monitor your progress and advise you according to your specific circumstances.
Time needed before resuming strenuous activity of any kind can vary. You should avoid strenuous activities for two to four weeks after surgery. Individual cases may vary, and you should consult with your surgeon and carefully follow all post-surgical recovery instructions and advice.
Sometimes there is no obvious, specific cause. It is generally believed that hormonal imbalances, obesity or weight gain, steroids, certain diseases, excessive alcohol use or the use of certain medications or drugs can all contribute to the development of enlarged breasts in men.
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