Male Breast Reduction
Gynecomastia is a condition affecting approximately half of men in which male breast tissue is enlarged and markedly visible. For many men, enlarged breast tissue resolves throughout adolescence and is simply a result of hormonal changes that occur during puberty; however, genetics, obesity, steroid and medication use, and a number of other factors can cause some men to experience magnified breast tissue into adulthood.
While the condition is frequently seen in men of all ages, the development of male breasts is often associated with a diminished self-esteem, loss of confidence, embarrassment, and a negative self-image. For individuals troubled by the appearance of their breasts, male breast reduction is a procedure designed to remove breast tissue and restore the look of a flat chest. Plastic surgeon Joe Gryskiewicz, MD, FACS, or “Dr. Joe,” performs gynecomastia surgery with the goal of highlighting the masculine planes of the chest while minimizing visible scarring for discreet and natural-looking enhancement.
Who is a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction?
Treatment for gynecomastia can benefit any male patient bothered by over-developed breast tissue. The surgery is for individuals self-conscious about their appearance as a result of their gynecomastia. Certain behaviors, including an aversion to removing your shirt in public due to embarrassment over your chest appearance, may signify that male breast reduction can help you attain the aesthetic goal you desire. Ideal candidates for surgery are in good overall health (with no medical conditions that may inhibit the healing process) and have realistic expectations of the surgical outcome.
Additionally, the best results typically occur in men with good skin elasticity so that the skin has the ability to contract well around the new chest contours. For this reason, the surgery may not be the best solution for certain men who are currently obese or overweight.
How is Male Breast Reduction Performed?
There are a number of ways that Dr. Joe can treat gynecomastia. For some patients, male breast tissue can be reduced non-surgically. This involves using climate-controlled fat reduction to improve the appearance of enlarged breasts. Depending on your unique situation, “freezing” off excess fat cells with CoolSculpting® treatment can be an effective way to treat gynecomastia with minimally invasive techniques. However, the results attained are not permanent and uncontrolled weight gain can revert the outcome of treatment.
In many cases, surgical excision is the best solution to remove excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin. Dr. Joe performs this procedure on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. During your consultation, he will thoroughly discuss your aesthetic goals with you to provide an optimal cosmetic outcome. Liposuction techniques may act as an alternative or complement to surgical excision, depending on whether your gynecomastia is caused by excess localized fat and/or excess glandular tissue. In cases where gynecomastia is caused by fatty tissue alone, liposuction may be enough to achieve the desired results. Surgical male breast reduction generally takes around one hour to complete.
What is Recovery for Male Breast Reduction Like?
For men treated with CoolSculpting®, there is virtually no downtime following the in-office procedure and you can make an immediate return to normal activities. Patients who have undergone surgical operation can expect some degree of temporary bruising and swelling. Individuals usually return to work and normal activities within a week; however, strenuous exercise or taxing labor should be avoided until cleared by Dr. Joe. He may recommend that you wear a pressure garment for three to six weeks to avoid sun exposure and allow the skin to adjust to its new contours. Some scarring in the incision areas may be initially visible, but these marks usually fade and improve as the healing process progresses. Ideally, this scarring should be protected from sun exposure for at least six months.