Male Breast Reduction – Reduction Mammaplasty
Gynecomastia, (male breast enlargement) although the exact cause is unknown, it is believed that a hormone imbalance leads to increased male breast size. Medications, obesity, low testosterone, certain medical conditions, and even normal puberty can cause gynecomastia. Excess male breast tissue, although common, can lead to self-consciousness, embarrassment, decreased participation of previously enjoyed activities. Thankfully, there is a treatment.
Depending on the degree (grade) of male breast enlargement, the treatment ranges from liposuction to skin and tissue excision. A consultation with Dr. Dragotti D.O, will determine the optimal procedure.
Who Is a Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?
- A man who is unhappy with fatty, breast-like appearance of his chest.
- A man who is in relatively good health
- A man who is at a stable weight, and has lost as much excess weight as possible
- Preoperative blood work and possibly imaging may be needed
Procedure Description for Gynecomastia Surgery
Depending upon the type of procedure, IV sedation or general anesthesia will be used. Lidocaine numbing solution may be used with liposuction of fatty tissue. An incision may be made at the areola, or on the breast and additional breast tissue removed and possibly excess skin. After the reduction is complete, the incision will be closed with sutures. A sterile dressing will be applied to protect the incision.
Healing and Recovery for Gynecomastia Surgery
- It is very important that you follow your cosmetic surgeon’s instructions carefully. You may feel bruising and redness in the area of the incisions for several days.
- Drains may be placed at the incision temporarily.