Male Breast Reduction
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Male breast reduction surgery is done to treat Gynecomastia (latin for “woman-like breasts”), a condition whereby men have larger than normal breasts. This issue can affect men at any age, from infancy all the way to old age. Gynecomastia can cause major self-esteem issues, which can in turn make it difficult for men to feel comfortable in certain clothing and can lead them to avoid certain activities.
At Posh Plastic Surgery, we offer male breast reduction. This procedure is designed to eliminate the excess tissue that is giving the breasts their oversized appearance. The chest is recontoured to regain a flatter and more masculine look.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sofia Kirk has performed numerous male breast reductions and is committed to ensuring patient safety and high-quality results.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition characterized by the excess growth of glandular tissue in the male chest, as well as the accumulation of excess fat.
This problem is actually quite common amongst boys reaching puberty but usually goes away when puberty is over. In some cases the condition remains throughout adulthood. It has also been known to occur in late to middle-age and affects an estimated 40-60% of men.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
While the exact cause is unknown it is thought to be related to hormonal levels and in some cases triggered by the use of certain drugs such as marijuana, anabolic steroids and excessive alcohol use. Patients are usually advised to stop the use of these substances, and to make sure they are not obesely overweight to see if the their breast size decreases naturally before they decide to undergo surgery.
Hormones play an important role in the development of gynecomastia – the condition primarily affects younger males going through puberty and changes in the balance of their hormones. It also affects older males whose bodies are starting to decrease production of hormones, which leads to imbalances.
As with any medical condition it may be that once the patient adopts a healthy diet and lifestyle their body restores itself to balance and symptoms clear up on their own. If that is not the case, and other methods such as exercise and weight loss have not worked, then surgery may be the answer.
The Male Breast-Reduction Procedure
Male breast reduction surgery may be performed with liposuction under local anesthetic if the problem is limited to an excess of fatty tissue, but if there is too much glandular tissue growth then excision (removal) will be required, possibly under general anesthetic. This will usually involve the removal of some excess skin and a possibly resizing of the areola to restore the breast to a more natural masculine appearance. All incisions will be along natural contours of the body and although there will be a scar it will be concealed and fade over time.
Recovering from Male Breast Reduction
A compression garment will be provided and will need to be worn for the initial week of the recovery process. This will help manage any swelling and will provide additional support.
Some pain may be felt during the beginning of the recovery period but can be managed with medication. The sutures used to close the incisions will need to remain in place for around one week and will be removed during a follow-up appointment.
Recovery for male breast reduction varies according to the extent of the procedure. It can be as little as two days before the patient is back to work if liposuction is used but can be as long as two weeks if extensive excision is required. Each case is specific to the requirements of the the individual and your surgeon will tell you what to expect during your consultation.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are suffering from gynecomastia and would like to undergo a male breast reduction to correct the issue, contact Posh Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kirk. Our team is dedicated to providing our patients with the total care they need to feel comfortable throughout the entire process. We can provide you with high-quality natural-looking results.