Male Breast Reduction Baltimore | Gynecomastia Surgeon Maryland

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.

What is Male Breast Reduction/Gynecomastia Surgery?

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.

The Male Breast Reduction Procedure

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.

Am I a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction?

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:

  • Nonsmokers
  • Generally healthy
  • At a stable and healthy weight
  • At a stage of stable breast development

What should I expect during my Gynecomastia consultation? 

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.

What Questions Should I Ask My Plastic Surgeon About Gynecomastia Surgery?

Before your gynecomastia surgery, you’ll have the chance to ask Dr. Rosenberg any questions you may have during a consultation. Common questions include:

  • What education, training, or experience have you had in this procedure?
  • Are you board certified?
  • Where will my gynecomastia surgery take place?
  • Am I a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery? Why or why not?
  • What will recovery be like after gynecomastia surgery?
  • Are there risks that I should be aware of? How are complications handled?
  • How can I achieve my best possible gynecomastia surgery results?

How Should I Prepare for Gynecomastia Surgery?

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.

What are the Risks of Gynecomastia 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.

Schedule a Consultation

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can guys develop breasts?

Yes, men can develop breasts through extra tissue or fat in the chest. Enlarged breasts in men is referred to as gynecomastia.

Can gynecomastia grow back after surgery?

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.

Does gynecomastia surgery leave scars?

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.

How long does it take to recover from male breast reduction?

The initial recovery time is usually about one to two weeks.

How long till swelling goes down after gynecomastia surgery?

Most of the swelling should go down after about 4 to 6 weeks.

How do I know if I have gynecomastia?

Symptoms of gynecomastia include growing or enlarged breast tissue and tenderness.

Is gynaecomastia surgery painful?

The surgery will be performed under general anesthesia to avoid pain and discomfort during the procedure. During recovery, the pain is usually minimal.

What causes gynecomastia in males?

Gynecomastia is often caused by unbalanced hormone levels. It can also form due to aging or certain medicines and drugs.

What is the best treatment for gynecomastia?

While there are some at-home remedies you can try, the best treatment for gynecomastia is surgery.

Can gynecomastia be cured without 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.

How can gynecomastia be prevented?

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.

How long do you have to wear a compression garment after gynecomastia?

Generally, the garment should be worn for about 4 weeks.

Does gynecomastia go away with weight loss?

Unfortunately, weight loss can not reduce the amount of breast tissue you have, so it likely will not get rid of your gynecomastia.

Does gynecomastia come after surgery?

As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, the results of your gynecomastia surgery should be permanent.

How can you tell the difference between gynecomastia and Pseudogynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the excess of glandular male breast tissue. With pseudogynecomastia, the size of the breasts are due to excess fat tissue.

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