It is very common for men to develop excess fat in the breast area at some point in their lives. This condition can also be caused by excess glandular tissue in the breasts, which can affect men from early adolescence well into adulthood. The term “gynecomastia” is often used to describe these effects, and men who experience enlarged breasts can suffer from extreme self-consciousness due to the condition. Whether gynecomastia can be reduced by exercise is a common question, and the answer ultimately depends on the type of gynecomastia present and exactly what is causing the condition. In cases where the breasts are enlarged because of a collection of excess fat in the area, some individuals may achieve some degree… Continue Reading
Gynecomastia is a benign medical condition of enlarged glandular tissue of the male breast. There are a variety of factors that can lead to this condition, but the most commonly it is an unknown cause. A surgery can be performed to excise (remove) the glandular tissue through a half circle incision along the areola edge. This incision will disguise well along the areola when the scar fully matures. After the excision of this tissue it will not come back. However, if one gains excessive weight the fat cells of the breast/chest may increase in size. If this occurs, the fat cells may be removed via liposuction, which can be combined with traditional gynecomastia surgery if desired. In conclusion, the excision… Continue Reading
As previously mentioned, this procedure can be done at an outpatient surgical facility or in our office. Both procedure locations will utilize the same surgical technique, however we will focus on the surgical expectations when performed in the office, as it is most common location for this procedure. Prior to your surgery we will discuss the general procedure again, sign informed consent, obtain pre-operative photos, and mark the surgical site. The procedure will began by numbing the marked area with local anesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. After the numbing is injected, the procedure will take approximately 30 minutes per side of the chest. The incision will be made half way around the edge of the areola (the… Continue Reading
The excision (removal) of the glandular tissue of the male breast is a fairly straightforward procedure and recovery. Our patients will receive both verbal and written post-operative instructions to reference during their recovery. There will be no dressings to change during your recovery, just steri-strips covering the incision that our staff will apply. We will also provide a compression ACE wrap and request you maintain the ACE wrap for approximately 48 hours following surgery. After the first 48 hours you may switch to a compression garment or compression shirt (along the lines of Under Armour) of your choice or you can remain in the ACE wrap. This gentle compression decreases your chest swelling and prevents the collection of a seroma… Continue Reading
Blog Series on Breast Reduction: The ten things you’ve been wanting to know. Number 10/10: Q: How long do I have to wait to hear if insurance approved my breast reduction surgery? A: Our number one goal is to receive approval for every procedure, and we will work diligently to achieve this outcome to the best of our abilities. Pre-determinations of medical necessity (PDMNs) take anywhere from 6-8 weeks to process (up to 2 months) and for our office to get an answer from insurance.
Blog Series on Breast Reduction: The ten things you’ve been wanting to know. Number 9/10: Q: How often are breast reductions approved by insurance? A: The surgery can be covered 80-90 percent of the time when the case meets your particular insurance plan’s standard criteria. There isn’t a real simple answer when it comes to approvals of breast reduction. Insurance companies will often dictate how much breast tissue needs to be removed for them to consider a breast reduction medically necessary, and convincing them requires more than just a doctor’s letter of recommendation. You will need medical documentation such as a recent mammogram (if you are the age of 40+), all medical records on the symptoms/problems (rashes, pain, etc.) you experience… Continue Reading
Blog Series on Breast Reduction: The ten things you’ve been wanting to know. Number 8/10: Q: Will my nipple/areola complex change pigment/color after a breast reduction? A: The darker your skin pigment is, the more likely you are to lose some of the nipple/areola pigment. However, the pigment typically returns in full a few months following surgery. In the rare incident that the pigment does not return 100%, you may tattoo the area.
Blog Series on Breast Reduction: The ten things you’ve been wanting to know. Number 7/10: Q: Will I have drains with my breast reduction? A: The vast majority of patients will not require drains for their breast reduction. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon would indicate if you would likely need drains during your physical examination.