For men suffering with excess breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia, even the most routine activities are uncomfortable. Clothes don’t fit right, you may experience chafing during exercise, and you feel self-conscious every time you take your shirt off. You’re not alone, and you don’t have to live with it. Gynecomastia can affect one or both breasts and is often prompted by a hormonal imbalance, which can be a result of genetics, lifestyle habits, aging, or diet. It’s estimated that gynecomastia affects over 40% of adult men and, unfortunately, many are unaware that there is an effective, straightforward treatment.
Am I a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction?
You may be a candidate for this procedure if you are a man who has excessively large breasts, or if you have excess or sagging tissue in your chest area after losing a large amount of weight. The procedure is intended to give the patient a flatter chest with more masculine contour.
Male breast reduction may be an option for you if:
- You feel self-conscious about the size of your chest
- Diet and exercise have not made a difference
- You are in general good health and at or near a stable body weight
- You are a nonsmoker or willing to quit in the weeks before and after surgery
What to Expect from Male Breast Reduction
The first step is consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon to determine if male breast reduction surgery is an appropriate option for you. Increased chest size in men may be due to excess fat or excess glandular (breast) tissue, and your surgeon will evaluate your tissue to determine which course of treatment will provide the best results. Male breast reduction is typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia or with IV sedation and local anesthesia.
If your issues lie in excess fat, your surgeon may be able to achieve good results with liposuction alone. This method is most often used for minor to moderate cases of gynecomastia. Your surgeon will begin by making small incisions in the armpit area where they are easily concealed. Using a special small, hollow tube called a cannula, your surgeon will precisely remove fatty deposits and sculpt the area until a flatter, more masculine chest contour has been achieved.
For more severe cases of gynecomastia resulting in an excess of glandular tissue rather than fat, liposuction alone will not provide the best results. Glandular or breast tissue is more dense and fibrous than fat, so it needs to be surgically excised in addition to liposuction. An additional incision will be made either in the armpit or around the lower edge of the areola, through which your surgeon will remove glandular tissue and reposition the nipple if necessary. Care will be taken to ensure there is no residual bulging under the nipple and that your chest is flatted and your underlying muscle structure is highlighted.
You will go home several hours after surgery to be cared for by a friend or relative. A compression vest or chest wrapping is usually recommended for a week or two after surgery to help reduce swelling., and sutures are usually removed within 7 to 10 days after surgery.
Additional Procedures to Enhance Your Results
Other procedures may be included to enhance your results, such as liposuction of excess fat in the axilla (armpit area) to further highlight your chest or contouring and flattening of the abdomen with liposuction and/or a tummy tuck.
If you’d like to know more about your options for creating a more masculine chest, contact us today to set up your personalized consultation with one of our surgeons. We are happy to listen to your concerns and help develop a surgical plan that provides you with the very best results.