Gynecomastia, a medical term for the overdevelopment of male breasts, affects one out of every ten men. Enlarged male breasts can be the result of fat deposits, hormone imbalance, liver disease or side effects of certain medications. In most cases gynecomastia can be treated through male breast reduction.
Contact us online or call our office in Noblesville, Indiana to learn more about our options for gynecomastia treatment. Our team of surgeons has helped thousands of men throughout the state of Indiana feel better about the way they look with the help of male breast reduction surgery.
About Surgery for Gynecomastia
Because the details of your male breast reduction surgery will largely depend on the causes for your gynecomastia, it’s best to schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic surgeons to go over your appearance goals. During this time, your surgeon will evaluate your candidacy, including looking at anatomical factors like the elasticity of your skin and the presence of fatty tissue vs. glandular tissue.
Your Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Surgery for gynecomastia is normally performed on an outpatient basis using a general anesthesia. The procedure can last from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the extent of correction.
In many cases, the breasts can be reduced by removing fatty tissue with the help of liposuction. A tiny incision is made in an inconspicuous location on the chest, and a straw-like cannula is inserted through this incision. Excess fat cells are then sucked out through a vacuum system attached to the cannula. The result is an elimination of fatty deposits along with re-sculpting the chest into more masculine contours.
For some men, gynecomastia is caused by a glandular disorder. If excess glandular breast tissue is present, surgery for gynecomastia is the better option, as liposuction can only remove fat cells. This type of male breast reduction surgery may be performed alone or in conjunction with liposuction. The initial incisions can be hidden at the edge of the areola or in the underarm area. Through these incisions, your cosmetic surgeon can remove the excess glandular tissue, fat and skin from the chest. A more significant level of correction may require longer incisions.
Your Recovery & Results
After gynecomastia treatment, bed rest is recommended for the first day. You may experience some discomfort for several days. For the first few days following your procedure, it’s recommended that you wear surgical dressings, which will be exchanged for a special compression garment that’s typically worn for about 2 weeks. Most men are back to work within the first week.
Most discomfort associated with male breast reduction can be controlled with oral medication prescribed by your cosmetic surgeon, and antibiotics may also be prescribed. Most men experience some degree of swelling, bruising and tenderness, but these symptoms should subside in a short time. Within about 2 weeks, all sutures will be removed, and you can begin to gradually resume physical activity, along with enjoying improved self-confidence and a more clearly sculpted physique.
Schedule Your Consultation
To take the first step toward looking and feeling your best with the help of male breast reduction surgery, contact us online or call our office today.