Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)
Confidence in Yourself and Your Surgeon
Gynecomastia is an overdevelopment of male breasts that, while not a serious medical condition, may be painful and can significantly affect a man's self-esteem. Men with large or sagging breasts may feel uncomfortable with their body, especially in social situations, often restricting themselves from certain activities because they feel self-conscious about their breast size.
Although not often discussed, gynecomastia is a common condition that affects 40 to 60 percent of men, frequently with no known cause. In some cases, gynecomastia may be associated with certain medications, medical conditions or as a result of a hormonal imbalance. Fortunately, regardless of the cause, any man who feels uncomfortable with his large breast size can find relief in Dr. Alexander's advanced male breast reduction procedure, which removes fat and/or glandular tissue from the breasts to create a contoured chest that is flatter and firmer.
Optimal results are achieved when this procedure is performed on healthy men with firm, elastic skin that will reshape well to their body's new contours. Like any other cosmetic procedure, it is important for patients to have realistic expectations in order to be satisfied with their results. Dr. Alexander will discuss the expected results and techniques to be used with you during your pre-surgical consultation.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Male breast reduction surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The surgery typically takes one to three hours. Several techniques can be utilized in male breast reduction, depending on the extent of the procedure.
If the enlarged breasts are primarily caused by excessive fatty tissue, liposuction can be performed through tiny incisions to remove the excess fat. The incision may be made around the edge of the areola (the area around the nipple) or in the underarm. If excess glandular tissue is the primary cause of the enlarged breast, the tissue will be excised, or cut out, in addition to liposuction.
In more extreme instances when large amounts of fat or glandular tissue have been removed, excess skin may have remained that has not reshaped well to the new contour of the breast. In these cases, the excess skin may have to be removed as well. The incisions are then closed using sutures and are usually covered with a dressing. The chest may be wrapped to keep the skin firmly in place.
Dr. Alexander will determine the best technique for your individual condition after a thorough evaluation of your condition.
Recovery from Male Breast Reduction
Following male breast reduction surgery, patients will experience some bruising, swelling, and discomfort. This discomfort usually dissipates after a few days and can be reduced with prescribed medication. To help reduce swelling, an elastic pressure garment should be worn for about two weeks, and for several weeks after at night. Swelling and any skin discoloration will partially subside after a week or two, at which time stitches will be removed.
You will be encouraged to walk around on the day of your breast reduction surgery and can expect to return to work in approximately one week. You may also begin light aerobic exercise after a week, but you should avoid strenuous activities for about three to four weeks following the surgery. Dr. Alexander takes special precautions to help patients experience a shorter and more comfortable recovery.
The results of the breast reduction procedure are visible immediately after surgery and will continue to improve as swelling subsides. Most of Dr. Alexander's patients experience a renewed sense of self-confidence in their smooth, flat chest.
Any man who feels insecure about his enlarged breasts does not need to suffer any longer.