What is a Gynecomastia (Male breast reduction)?
When males have a prominent breast, it is called Gynecomastia. Often young boys with this condition are embarrassed to go swimming, go to the beach, or take their shirt off in the locker room. The condition usually affects both sides, but can be only on one side. After puberty this sometimes decreases, but in some men no matter how much you exercise there is still some remaining fullness under the nipple and chest.
Surgery to correct this is very effective, and can involve a combination of liposuction and excision of the excess tissue. Most patients wear a compression vest for a few weeks after the surgery to minimize swelling, and there is very little downtime.
What to expect:
For most men, there is a small incision on the bottom half of the nipple and a few other very small incisions for liposuction. During surgery, excess breast tissue is removed. If there is a large amount of excess skin, an extra incision in the breast fold is made to remove the skin and nipple position if moved. The size of the nipple is can also be reduced to the average size and for symmetry if needed.
You usually go home the same day. You can expect to feel sore and tired at first but most people start to feel much better even after just a few days. We will provide you with a supportive vest or binder that will worn for several weeks to aid in comfort, minimize swelling, and promote healing. The final results take 6 weeks to 3 months as your swelling subsides. No heavy lifting more than 10 lbs for about 2 weeks, and no heavy upper arm exercises for 6 weeks. Scars will eventually fade over the next few months to a fine white scar. Many of our patients find that their chest is much more defined and masculine. You should be back to normal by 4-6 weeks.
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