Male Breast Reduction
Enlarged male breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia, can affect boys and men of all ages. In fact, around 70 percent of men will have some degree of gynecomastia by the time they reach the age of 70. While feminine-looking breasts in men is quite common, it can be a source of insecurity for some men who are significantly affected.
Gynecomastia can be due to enlarged breast glands, excess fatty breast tissue or a combination of both. Diet and exercise may be able to help reduce some of the fat, but it will not address the enlarged glandular tissue or excess skin that may be left behind.
At The Natural Result / Center for Aesthetic Artistry, gynecomastia can be corrected with male breast reduction to remove excess skin and tissue in the chest. Each gynecomastia case is treated as uniquely as their diagnosis so that your results are customized to achieve your goals.
Best Candidates for Gynecomastia Surgery
Men can experience gynecomastia to varying degrees in one or both breasts, and the condition can occur at nearly any age. Gynecomastia can be separated into two categories:
- True gynecomastia involves the development of glandular breast tissue, which is typically due to a hormonal imbalance and can only be corrected with surgical removal of the tissue.
- Pseudogynecomastia is the appearance of softer contours in the male chest due to excess fatty deposits. This type of gynecomastia most often occurs as a result of weight gain.
Weight loss can also impact male breast appearance. Our surgeons perform post weight loss male breast reduction to help bring out the best in your physique after reaching your target weight.
Surgery to correct gynecomastia can be performed on men of any age if they are physically and psychologically healthy, though men with elastic skin are considered the best candidates for male breast reduction surgery.
Request Your Consult
Before your gynecomastia surgery, you’ll schedule a consultation at The Natural Result / Center for Aesthetic Artistry. During this visit, we’ll discuss your expectations for gynecomastia treatment, as well as the surgical approach that could work best for you. You’ll also be provided with specific instructions to follow before and after your surgery so you know exactly what your next steps should be.
What to Expect
If excessive glandular tissue is the cause of breast overdevelopment, our doctors will usually choose to remove the tissue through excision. Depending on your goals and current physique, some liposuction of the chest area may be performed as well.
The incision will usually be made in the underarm area or on the edge of the areola so that scarring will be inconspicuous. Major reductions that require significant removal of tissue and skin often require larger incisions, and may result in more conspicuous scars.
If your gynecomastia is caused by excessive fatty tissue, liposuction of the chest area should be effective without additional surgery. Male breast reduction via liposuction requires only a small incision for the cannula, a narrow tube used to break up and suction fat cells from the area.
Either approach for male breast reduction is generally performed under general anesthesia, and should take from 1 to 2 hours to complete.
Preparing for Your Gynecomastia Surgery
Items that should be done before your surgery include:
- Stop smoking
- Stop or significantly reduce taking medications and supplements that thin the blood
- Prepare your home for recovery
- Enlist the help of a trusted family member or friend to drive you to and from your appointment and help around the house for a few days after surgery.
Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery
Recovery time will vary depending on whether liposuction or surgical excision was performed and the extent of correction needed as well as your individual circumstances. Compression garments are typically recommended to reduce swelling and support healing, and drains may be used to remove excess blood and fluid.
You may experience soreness, bruising and swelling at the surgical site. Resting, following your plastic surgeon’s post-operative instructions and taking pain medication can help reduce any discomfort and speed up your recovery. Do not overstrain yourself as you heal as this may affect your results.
However, many men head back to work within a week or two, and return to full activity by a month following gynecomastia surgery.
Male Breast Reduction Results
Following your gynecomastia surgery, you should see noticeable changes. However, you should see continued results over the course of several months. If you have scarring from your surgery, it should continue to fade.
Gynecomastia surgery is typically a one-time procedure with long-lasting results. To prolong your results, it is essential that you maintain a healthy lifestyle, maintain a healthy weight and avoid certain medications and drugs that can cause weight gain.