Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
Gynecomastia is a medical condition indicating excessive breast tissue or fullness in men. This is common in adolescence, and typically improves over time. However, if it does not improve, patients may experience self-esteem issues and social difficulties. Obesity is the most common cause of gynecomastia and chest fullness in men. There are sometimes other causes as well, such as anabolic steroid use, marijuana use, genetic disorders, tumors, medications, and certain syndromes. The board certified plastic surgeons at Hankins & Sohn Plastic Surgery Associates understand that this concern can be sensitive, and they offer discreet, compassionate, and effective treatment to address this issue.
For more information about gynecomastia and male breast reduction, or to schedule a private, complimentary consultation, please contact us today.
Depending on the severity and classification type of gynecomastia present, several different treatment options may be recommended. If there is only a fatty component, liposuction can be used to correct this. Ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (UAL) is often used to help breakup the dense fibrous tissue present in the male breast. If there is also suspected breast glandular tissue present, our experience has been that this does not typically respond solely to UAL but must be directly excised via a small incision around the bottom portion of the areola. If there is also excessive skin present, a portion of the skin may be removed to help re-contour the chest. This will leave a scar in the bottom chest fold that will heal and become less visible over time.
Procedure and Recovery Experience
The reduction procedure typically can be completed in-office under local anesthesia. However, if more extensive treatment is necessary, it will be performed under a general anesthetic. Recovery is typically between three-to-seven days, although if skin is removed your downtime may be longer. A compression garment will usually be worn to help reduce swelling and to allow the skin to retract for approximately six weeks. Some discomfort, bruising, and swelling following the surgery is normal, and we will provide prescription medication to manage your pain.
Our experienced surgeons can evaluate you to see if you are an ideal candidate for gynecomastia reduction. Contact our offices at (702) 948-7595 to schedule your complimentary appointment today.