Male Breast Reduction for Gynecomastia
Believe it or not, men have breast tissue just like women. But while many women desire larger breasts, this is not the case with men. There are any number of things that can cause excess breast tissue or gynecomastia in men. These include age, hormones, genetics and certain drugs/medications. Gynecomastia can present itself as an abundance of firm, fibrous tissue beneath the nipple, redundant skin, and an excess of fatty tissue.
Men with gynecomastia are typically incredibly self-conscious about their appearance and are often frustrated by their inability to wear certain clothes like thin t-shirts. Thankfully, the condition is easily treatable with liposuction, and/or a surgical male breast reduction. Dr. David Sieber will apply his extensive training and knowledge in breast reduction surgery as well as the latest liposuction techniques to find the simplest, but most effective treatment for your individual body and needs. The goal with any male breast reduction is a sculpted, flat chest with minimal scarring.
Male Breast Reduction for Gynecomastia Improvements
Male breast reduction surgery can:
- Remove excess skin and soft tissue
- Reform masculine contours
- Reduce nipple/areola size
- Length: 1-3 hours
- Anesthesia: General
- Inpt/Outpt: Outpatient
- Side effects: swelling, bruising, numbness
- Recovery: 3-7 days
To find out more about a male breast reduction for gynecomastia with Dr. David Sieber at Sieber Plastic Surgery, call us today at: 415-915-9000 or schedule a consultation here.
Male Breast Reduction for Gynecomastia Technique
In minor to moderate cases of gynecomastia, liposuction is usually the most effective method of treatment. Dr. Sieber will make one small incision under each breast through which he will administer a numbing agent that makes the fat easier to remove with a cannula. Removing the excess fat in the breasts is a simple way to deliver a flatter, more masculine contour to the chest.
However, if your enlarged breasts are caused by an excess of glandular tissue then the tissue will need to be excised surgically since glandular tissue tends to be very fibrous, and is difficult to treat with standard liposuction. Again, Dr. Sieber will make a small incision at the lower edge of each areola through which he will remove the excess tissue. Once your natural chest contour has been achieved, the incisions are closed with absorbable sutures. In certain patients with very severe gynecomastia involving both extra skin and a large amount of fatty tissue, additional larger incisions may be needed. The location of these incision will vary depending on your anatomy, but this will all be discussed with you in detail during your initial consultation.
Preparing for Male Breast Reduction for Gynecomastia Surgery
As with any major surgery, all medications and supplements which cause an increased risk of bleeding should be stopped 2 weeks prior to surgery. Please see our list of medications and supplements to avoid. As always, make sure to check with your doctor before stopping any medications.
Recovery from Male Breast Reduction for Gynecomastia Surgery
The results from surgery will be evident immediately afterwards. Most patients do encounter some mild swelling for the first weeks to months after surgery. There will also be some swelling as well as discomfort around the incisions. Compression garments are typically worn for up to three weeks after your procedure to help contour the chest, reduce fluid accumulation, and promote healing. Most of the swelling should be totally gone between 3-6 months. Regardless of the incision length, Dr. Sieber puts all of his patients on a scar therapy program after surgery to help you heal with the finest scars possible.
Immediately after surgery, you will need to refrain from any rigorous activity for the first 2 weeks at which point, you can return to light exercise. You may begin more intense exercise at 4 weeks. You will be released to full activities at 6 weeks post op.
Q: How do I know if I’m a candidate for the less invasive treatment for my gynecomastia?
A: The best way to find out if you can benefit from less invasive modalities such as liposuction is to come see Dr. Sieber for a consultation. He will be able to evaluate your tissue and determine the best treatment to reach your goals.
Q: How long will my results last after surgery?
A: Your results should be permanent. Because the fibrous and fatty tissue is being physically removed, you should experience lasting results as long as you’re able to maintain a normal body weight.