Hormone imbalance, genetic conditions, aging, prescription medications, and obesity can all cause enlarged breasts in men. Known as “gynecomastia,” this condition can impair self-confidence and discomfort. Male breast reduction, also known as gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction, is a procedure that serves to reduce the size of breasts in men and remove any excess fat, skin, or other tissues. The goal of a male breast reduction is to create a flat and masculine chest contour. Gynecomastia may be caused by a variety of factors, including hormonal imbalance, genetics, weight fluctuation, or side effects of drugs. If excessive breast tissue remains after these causes are addressed, gynecomastia surgery is a permanent solution.
Surgery to remove excess breast tissue in males can be accomplished through liposuction, excision techniques, or a combination of the two.
In cases where enlarged male breasts are mostly comprised of fatty tissue, liposuction may be used to remove it. Dr. Rosenberg will insert a cannula through a small incision to loosen and the tissue, which can then be removed through vacuum suction.
If excess skin or glandular tissue are also to blame for the appearance of enlarged breasts, excision techniques are necessary. In these cases, incisions are made around the nipple and across the breast, and the tissue will be reduced and repositioned for a more masculine appearance.
Some cases of gynecomastia can be treated through non-surgical medical treatments. When this is not the case, surgery can be the best option. Candidates for male breast reduction include those who are:
During the consultation, Dr. Rosenberg will also ask about your health history, current medications, supplements or vitamins, or alcohol and recreational drug use. You should also be prepared to explain your goals and expectations for the procedure. Finally, Dr. Rosenberg may take measurements or photographs as well as examine the treatment area. Your gynecomastia surgery consultation is your opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the surgery or recovery period. Many patients find it helpful to bring a list of questions with them to their appointment, so they don’t forget anything at the moment.
Before your gynecomastia surgery, you’ll have the chance to ask Dr. Rosenberg any questions you may have during a consultation. Common questions include:
Before your gynecomastia surgery, you may be asked to get lab testing or a medical evaluation to ensure you’re healthy before the procedure. You should also stop smoking as soon as possible, as smoking interferes with the healing process. Be sure to also avoid taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs and adjust medications, as necessary. Finally, arrange a ride home from your procedure and for someone to care for you and you assist with children or pets as necessary after surgery.
While gynecomastia surgery is generally safe, there are some risks involved. Some complications can include bleeding, blood clots, poor wound healing, or reactions to materials including sutures, tape, or topical medication. In some cases, patients may also see changes in nipple or breast sensation after their gynecomastia surgery, which may be temporary or permanent. Due to improper care, infections are also possible. To avoid complications, be sure to follow Dr. Rosenberg’s directions carefully throughout your recovery period.
To learn more about male breast reduction and find out if it is a suitable treatment for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenberg. Call the Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland at (410) 324-3071 or request your appointment online.
Yes, men can develop breasts through extra tissue or fat in the chest. Enlarged breasts in men is referred to as gynecomastia.
In a majority of patients, the results of a gynecomastia procedure are permanent. However, it is possible that weight gain or other factors may cause them to grow back.
Incisions are required for this procedure, so it will leave scars. Your surgeon will place the incisions in the least noticeable position and you can also take precautions to help reduce the look of your scars.
The initial recovery time is usually about one to two weeks.
Most of the swelling should go down after about 4 to 6 weeks.
Symptoms of gynecomastia include growing or enlarged breast tissue and tenderness.
The surgery will be performed under general anesthesia to avoid pain and discomfort during the procedure. During recovery, the pain is usually minimal.
Gynecomastia is often caused by unbalanced hormone levels. It can also form due to aging or certain medicines and drugs.
While there are some at-home remedies you can try, the best treatment for gynecomastia is surgery.
Depending on the cause and condition of your gynecomastia, hormone treatment and exercise may be able to help. However, if the problem still persists surgery may be your next best option.
Cases of gynecomastia that occur due to hormone levels cannot be prevented. For others, healthy diet and exercise and avoiding drug use can lower your chances of developing male breasts.
Generally, the garment should be worn for about 4 weeks.
Unfortunately, weight loss can not reduce the amount of breast tissue you have, so it likely will not get rid of your gynecomastia.
As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, the results of your gynecomastia surgery should be permanent.
Gynecomastia is the excess of glandular male breast tissue. With pseudogynecomastia, the size of the breasts are due to excess fat tissue.