Male Breast ReductionIt is not uncommon for men to be affected by an accumulation of excess fat and/or glandular tissue in the breasts, which can result in an enlarged appearance. While this condition, known as gynecomastia, can have serious effects on an individual’s self-confidence, those who suffer from gynecomastia should know that there are advanced surgical treatments available that can effectively address the concern. Our plastic surgeons offer customized male breast reduction procedures designed to successfully treat gynecomastia and produce a flatter chest.
What Is Gynecomastia?Gynecomastia is a condition that occurs in men and is characterized by enlargement of the breasts caused by a collection of excess fat, skin, and/or glandular tissue. Men can experience gynecomastia for a number of reasons. The condition often begins in adolescence as a natural part of puberty, then resolves over time for many individuals. For others, it may never go away, even if they are in excellent physical shape and maintain healthy diet and exercise routines. There are several causes that have been potentially linked to gynecomastia, including weight fluctuations, significant weight loss, certain kinds of medications, hormone imbalances, genetics, or the use of marijuana or anabolic steroids. For some individuals afflicted with gynecomastia, there is no clear cause. Gynecomastia can create feelings of extreme self-consciousness and a pronounced lack of self-esteem in men who have the condition, particularly for those with more severe cases. It is important to know that gynecomastia is not only quite common, but also quite treatable for many men who suffer from it.
True Gynecomastia vs. PseudogynecomastiaWhile “gynecomastia” is often used as an umbrella term for conditions characterized by enlarged breasts in men, there are actually two distinct types of gynecomastia. The specific type of gynecomastia that an individual is experiencing will ultimately play a major role in determining the best treatment technique to address the condition. True gynecomastia typically describes breast enlargement that is caused by excess breast tissue or glandular tissue. Pseudogynecomastia is generally ascribed to gynecomastia conditions caused by an accumulation of excess fat in the breasts. Some men who suffer from gynecomastia are affected by both excess tissue and excess fat. During your confidential consultation with our plastic surgeon, he will perform an evaluation to ascertain whether you have true gynecomastia, pseudogynecomastia, or a combination of these conditions. Once this has been established, he can talk with you about whether liposuction and/or surgical removal of excess tissue will be the most ideal treatment to effectively address your concerns.
How Do I Prepare for Male Breast Reduction Surgery?Before male breast reduction surgery, we ask patients to stop taking medications that may increase bleeding. These typically include aspirin, Plavix®, NSAIDS (i.e. ibuprofen, Advil®, Alleve®, etc), and herbal supplements like vitamin E. Patients should be in good overall health and ensure they have their blood pressure controlled. Once you are evaluated during the initial consultation and your treatment plan has been designed, we will provide you with additional information on preparing for your surgery so you will know what to expect.
How Is Male Breast Reduction Performed?For many patients, the correction of gynecomastia can be performed utilizing liposuction alone. In cases where an excess of glandular tissue is present, or for patients with more severe cases of breast enlargement where the skin has been stretched, more incisions are required to extract the tissue and create a flatter chest. Our plastic surgeons at Florida Plastic Surgery Group have experience with the latest male breast reduction techniques, which allow them to minimize scarring while successfully reducing the effects of gynecomastia. Male breast reduction procedures can typically be performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
What Can I Expect During Recovery from Gynecomastia Treatment?Most individuals are able to resume normal daily routines and work schedules (depending on the specific occupation) within approximately one week after gynecomastia surgery. Swelling and soreness can be expected as the area heals; however, medication can help control discomfort during recovery. Patients should wear a compression garment for a minimum of three to four weeks after the operation. In most cases, no drains are used after surgery and all the sutures are dissolvable. Strenuous exercise and lifting of heavy objects should be avoided for several weeks after surgery. As you heal, it is important to keep well-hydrated and nourished, as nutrition is an important part of healing. Our team will provide you with a thorough post-operative guide to help you achieve the safest, most effective recovery possible.