Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
Several different techniques used to remove or reduce unwanted breast tissue in the male patient.
- General statement: Males of all ages can develop excess and unwanted breast tissue. There is a variety of reasons gynecomastia develops on one side or both. Through a small incision and/or liposuction this excess breast tissue can be removed.
- Why? Gynecomastia patients have extra breast tissue that is unwanted. Hormones, medications, and drugs can all lead to the development of this problem. If the tissue does not subside with medical therapy then surgery is the next option.
- Are you a candidate? If you have developed breast tissue on one side of your chest or both then you may be a candidate for male breast reduction surgery. Often an evaluation by endocrinologist will be required before surgery is undertaken.
- The procedure and recovery: The male breast is reduced through a variety of procedures. The tissue can be removed directly from a small incision hidden in the areola or in some patients liposuction can effectively remove the tissue. You will likely have a drain placed temporarily and you will be wrapped in a garment. There will be an immediate change, but it will take several weeks before you are cleared for full activity.
- The results: The breast tissue will be removed and the breast will be reshaped to appear symmetrical and masculine. Each patient will have a different outcome based on their body type. You can expect some swelling post-operatively that will resolve after a few months.