Gynecomastia is a condition characterized by excess fat and breast tissue in the male chest. While this condition often becomes apparent during adolescence, it can affect men of all ages. Hormonal changes, weight gain, use of certain medications, excessive alcohol or marijuana use, or the use of steroids all increase your risk of developing gynecomastia. This condition often results in a loss of self-confidence and an increase in anxiety, especially in social or intimate situations. Gynecomastia surgery, male breast reduction, removes excess fat and tissue from the breasts for a smoother, flatter, more masculine chest.
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What Can Gynecomastia Surgery Achieve?
FirmerMore Sculpted Chest
Excess tissue and fat can cause your chest to look feminine or make you look heavier than you actually are. Gynecomastia surgery provides a more masculine chest by smoothing and enhancing the contours for a stronger, firmer figure.
Gynecomastia can be distressing for men of any age and can result in insecurities about one’s appearance. Gynecomastia surgery aids men suffering from the emotional complications of having enlarged breasts.
Just as large breasts can cause discomfort for women, enlarged male breasts can also cause discomfort. Folds and creases of extra skin can cause irritation, and the excess weight can be uncomfortable. Gynecomastia surgery can remedy these issues.
Customizing Your Gynecomastia Surgery
Liposuction can be used for patients whose gynecomastia is limited to excess fat in the breasts. Fat is removed with a small hollow tube (known as a cannula) through small and inconspicuous incisions made in the breast area.
If excess breast tissue is the primary cause of your gynecomastia, surgical excision is used. An incision is made around the areola, and excess skin and tissue are removed.
While some patients may need only liposuction or surgical excision, the majority of patients require some combination of the two. To do this, Dr. Batra first removes the excess fat through liposuction and then removes excess tissue and skin. Combining these techniques allows for better results.
Easing Your Concerns
RecoveryRest is vital during the initial stages of your recovery. Your recovery will typically last for seven to 10 days, at which time you can return to work and your normal day-to-day activities. All strenuous exercise, especially the lifting of any weights, should be avoided for at least six weeks to ensure proper healing. Your results will become apparent once the swelling and bruising subside. Results are generally permanent as long as you maintain a stable weight and avoid using steroids and certain medications.
PainSwelling, bruising, and soreness are common following your male breast reduction surgery. Compression garments should be worn during the initial days and weeks to reduce swelling, increase circulation, and promote healing. Prescription pain medication can be taken to help relieve any discomfort.
ScarsScarring after gynecomastia surgery is limited. The incisions from liposuction are small, and any visible scarring will be minimal. The incisions used for surgical excision are hidden in the shading of the areola. Any visible scarring will fade with time.
CostThe cost of your gynecomastia surgery will vary depending on several factors. These factors include the extent of the procedure and the techniques used as well as anesthesia, facility, and surgical fees. Our staffs at Coastal Plastic Surgeons in San Diego, and Temecula will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation.
Gynecomastia Surgery Results
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Frequently Asked Questions
Candidates are physically healthy men that are suffering from some degree of gynecomastia. The varying types of gynecomastia require different types of treatment. An excess of breast fat, with no excess of glandular tissue and little or no excess skin, is treated through liposuction. Excess breast tissue with or without excess fat is treated with skin and tissue excision. Candidates for tissue excision or liposuction are those who are interested in getting rid of male breasts fast.
Puffy nipples are a form of gynecomastia that is caused by low testosterone levels. Puffy nipples are the result of excess breast tissue and fat beneath the nipples and areolas. This excess pushes the nipples out so that they develop a cone-shaped appearance. Unfortunately, men with puffy nipples often find that they are overly visible, especially in thinner or tighter-fitting shirts. Occasionally, puffy nipples can be remedied by changing your diet and exercise habits, although in some cases, surgical means are necessary. Puffy nipples are treated with surgical excision of the underlying glandular tissue. The result of this treatment will be areolas that lie flat and less visible nipples.
Men can expect temporary bruising and swelling. While rare, there is a risk of more severe and permanent side effects. Some of these risks include:
- Adverse reactions to anesthesia
- Blood clots
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation
- Breast contour irregularities
- Breast asymmetry
- Persistent pain
- Nerve or blood vessel damage
- Fluid accumulation
- Cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Poor wound healing
You can reduce your chances of experiencing these or any other complications by following all of Dr. Batra’s recommendations before and after the operation. However, even if you follow all of your surgeon’s instructions, and the surgery goes according to plan, there is still a possibility of complications.
Men preparing to undergo gynecomastia, male breast reduction surgery, whether it is through excision or liposuction, should stop all tobacco use and avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, herbal supplements, marijuana, and any other gynecomastia-causing drug or medication.
Gynecomastia surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed under anesthesia at our San Diego or Temecula office. Men are required to have someone present to drive them home and help care for them during the first 24 hours. Patients should prepare their homes for their recovery before surgery so that they already have a comfortable place to heal and relax. Following gynecomastia surgery, men can expect bruising, swelling, and some minor to moderate discomfort.