MALE BREAST REDUCTION
Gynecomastia is a condition in which males have an overdevelopment or enlargement of breast tissue. This leaves the man with a bigger breast like appearance and can cause embarrassment and self esteem issues. We offer a male breast reduction that is performed under general anesthesia that removes the excess tissue and restores the male chest back to normal.
BENEFITS OF MALE BREAST REDUCTION
TYPES OF MALE BREAST REDUCTION
During your consultation with one of our four surgeons, you will discuss your procedure goals and options. Your surgeon will recommend a procedure plan that aligns with your goals and fits your specific case needs. If you are ready to schedule your consultation, click the button below.
The liposuction technique will use a hollow tube (cannula) to loosen and remove unwanted fat by vacuuming out the cells using a suction technique for the male's chest.
For this technique, your surgeon will make an incision will be made around the areola and the fatty tissue with me extracted. Your surgeon may also use liposuction in conjunction with this to maximize results.
This technique is used in severe cases. This involves removing the excess skin and fat tissue. This technique often has a larger scar.
MALE BREAST REDUCTION RECOVERY
Almost all men who have surgery for gynecomastia (male breast reduction surgery) will wake up with some form of compression garment on, most commonly a snug compression vest that hides well under most shirts. Some patients may have drains especially if they require open excision to remove the more dense glandular tissue that may not be treatable with liposuction alone. These drains will attach to a small compressible bulb which will need to be emptied 3 times a day. The drains also can be hidden easily by a jacket or loose shirt.
There will be soreness in the chest region but easily controlled with over-the-counter pain medications or mild prescription pain medications. Ice packs help with swelling and discomfort after surgery. Gentle arm movements also diminish the postoperative discomfort.
Patients can shower within 24-48 hours even if they have drains.
Exercise is limited to just walking as the tissues begin their recovery from surgery.
The incisions are usually very small-just about 1/8th of an inch for the liposuction sites and limited to just around the nipple/areola if an open excision is performed.
Most patients who have drains will have the drains removed within the first week after surgery. Continued wearing of the compression vest is recommended for most patients in order to keep the swelling controlled and help begin the process of letting the skin and soft tissues contract (shrink) to their final appearance. Exercise is still limited to avoid causing bleeding or swelling.
Most patients will be able to discontinue their compression vests at around 2-3 weeks after surgery. Patients can then switch to a light compression shirt similar to the ones athletes wear under their uniforms if they desire. These shirts are very light and comfortable and usually worn for a few weeks or less.
Patients can begin a return to exercise beginning lightly and gradually building back up to full intensity.
The swelling will be mostly gone but the final stages will take 1-3 months to resolve but most patients are very comfortable going shirtless. The incisions will be fading and hard to see at this stage.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Light cardio can be started within a week after surgery. However, weight lifting should wait until 4-6 weeks.