Gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts, is a common condition that affects about 50 percent of men in their lifetime at some point. An incredibly effective treatment option for men who suffer from enlarged breasts is male breast reduction surgery.
For many patients with gynecomastia, it is possible to use liposuction as a treatment. As liposuction technology has advanced, many less invasive techniques have become available to the public. When gynecomastia is treated with liposuction, your surgeon will make incisions around the areola or inside the armpit. With these incisions, the surgeon will remove excess fat, as well as glandular tissue, and then sculpt a new and improved chest silhouette to match the rest of the body.
Recovering after liposuction requires the wearing of a compression garment after surgery to help decrease swelling, as well as support the process of healing. Healing is based off the individual, but most patients find that they can return to work after a few days.
After recovery, most patients see immediate improvement when looking at the shape and appearance of their chest. Wearing a compression garment helps with any discomfort you may feel, and helps healing purposes.
Male Breast Reduction
Like a female breast reduction surgery, male breast reduction surgery is usually not covered by insurance, unless the patient is suffering from pain and unable to participate in everyday activities because of their gynecomastia.
Like most cosmetic procedures, the results of male breast surgery should last permanently, but can be affected negatively with weight gain, or certain medications. Enlarged male breasts can develop for a variety of reasons, including medications, unspecified reasons, and genetics. When other treatment options don’t appear to be working to treat gynecomastia, male breast reduction surgery may be the next step to explore.
For patients who have a more severe case of gynecomastia, tissue excision may be required for the best possible results. Patients who have sagging skin around their breasts are considered optimal candidates for tissue excision surgery. Tissue excision surgery is usually performed around the edge of the areola, which is called a periareolar incision, or by using the natural creases of the chest. Like liposuction, tissue excision surgery has a generally quick recovery time, but there is usually swelling and soreness at the incision site. Most patients feel that they can return to work 1 week after surgery.
Male breast reduction surgery is meant to be permanent, but leading a healthy lifestyle is key to avoiding a recurrence of gynecomastia. If you would like to learn more about your options regarding treatment of gynecomastia, or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us.