Gynecomastia, or enlarged male breast tissue, is a fairly common condition that first becomes apparent in adolescence. While there are some hormonal causes, no abnormalities are discovered that contribute to the problem in most cases. Adolescent males with gynecomastia are often teased, which can negatively affect their self-confidence. Recognizing this problem, Dr. Batra offers male breast reduction, a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that creates a flatter, more masculine chest appearance.
Candidates for Male Breast Reduction
Teens and adult men that are significantly distressed about the size and appearance of their breasts may be good candidates for male breast reduction. It is important to assess other potential factors that could be leading to the problem, such as some medications or medical conditions. In these cases, treatment may be a matter of stopping the medication or treating the underlying condition.
If no cause can be identified, surgery is usually the only way to reverse this issue. Patients should be in good health and willing to follow all pre- and post-operative instructions to ensure the best possible outcome from their procedure. Gynecomastia is usually performed as a stand-alone procedure. However, some adult men may choose to combine the surgery with abdominoplasty or additional liposuction to further enhance their body contouring results.
Gynecomastia surgery generally takes about two hours and is performed under local anesthesia in most cases. Fine-gauge liposuction of the chest area is used to remove areas of fat cells, along with the surgical excision of breast tissue to create the smoothest, most natural results. Incisions for liposuction are very small and leave no residual scarring. Incisions for surgical removal of tissue are placed around the areola in most cases, to minimize visible scarring from this part of the surgery.
Recovery and Results
After male breast reduction, you may be somewhat swollen and sore. Compression garments are generally advised to reduce swelling and promote healing to the treatment area. Prescription pain medication may also be taken during the first few days to keep you comfortable while you recover. Incision care will be important during the first week or two as well, to ensure positive healing and minimize scarring after surgery.
The recovery period for male breast reduction is usually around 7-10 days, which is the time it will take for you to get back to work and other activities. However, you may need to wait a few extra weeks to get back to the gym or perform any other type of heavy lifting or strenuous exercise. Once you are fully recovered, you should enjoy permanent results from your single surgical procedure.
Choosing Your Male Breast Reduction Surgeon
At the beautifully appointed plastic surgery offices of Dr. Batra, all patients are treated with understanding and compassion. This approach helps reduce any apprehension about the procedure and leads to better treatment results overall. It has also helped Dr. Batra establish a reputation as a foremost gynecomastia treatment expert. He specializes in body contouring procedures like lipoplasty and is proud to have helped many liposuction patients realize their aesthetic goals. To find out if you are a good candidate for a male breast reduction, contact Coastal Plastic Surgeons at (858) 365-3558 to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Batra today.
This 14-year-old young man was teased at school for fullness in his chest wall. Approximately 20% of males have breast tissue that requires removal through direct excision of the breast tissue, as well as liposuction of the chest wall. This patient underwent a two-hour procedure and this post-operative photograph shows his result approximately six months after surgery. Overall, he is much more self-confident and is no longer teased at school.
This 23-year-old male was bothered by the appearance of pooching of his breast tissue through his T-shirt. He is in otherwise great shape. This post-operative photograph was taken six months after surgery with a flat chest wall and the protruding breast tissue having been removed. The entire procedure takes approximately one to two hours. Activities are restricted post-surgery for approximately three weeks.
This 16-year-old young man was embarrassed by breast tissue showing under his T-shirts. He is a football player at school and was concerned about being teased. He underwent excision of the breast tissue through an incision under the nipple, as well as liposuction of the chest wall. As you can see in the post-operative photograph, the scar under the nipple is barely visible and, overall, the patient is very happy with his outcome and feels much more self-confident.
This patient underwent a combined removal of breast tissue through a small incision under the nipple, as well as a tummy tuck after undergoing significant weight loss. As you can see in the post-operative photograph, the chest wall is much flatter and his abdominal contour looks good.
This patient had very little fat to be removed from the breast area, but mainly had a small amount of protrusion from breast tissue. His procedure was actually performed in the office with local anesthesia and oral sedation. As you can see in the post-operative result, the chest wall is nice and flat and his scars are barely visible.
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This mixed martial arts fighter was concerned about the amount of projection that was visible under his workout gear, with regard to his breast tissue. He underwent excision of the breast tissue in the office setting. This post-operative photograph was taken six months after surgery.
This patient underwent both liposuction of the chest wall, as well as excision of breast tissue. As you can see, the incision under the nipple is barely visible.
Many physicians attempt to perform this type of procedure with just liposuction, alone. The problem with that approach is that the breast tissue cannot be liposuctioned out and what is left is a hard and nominal amount of breast tissue under the nipple. A combined procedure definitely provides the best result.
This patient developed breast tissue as a side effect of a medication he was taking. The breast tissue was removed and liposuction of the chest wall was also performed. Drains were left in place for the first week, due to the amount of breast tissue that was removed.
This patient developed breast tissue on the right side. Approximately 1/3 patients has one side breast tissue development and the other side appears normal. This patient underwent removal of the breast tissue from the right side of the chest, only. This post-operative photograph was taken four months after surgery. Overall, he is very happy with his outcome and there is much better symmetry.
This patient underwent liposuction of the abdomen and flanks, as well as liposuction of the chest wall and excision of breast tissue from under the nipple-areola complex. This post-operative result is shown six months after surgery. As you can see, he has an excellent outcome and is very happy with his result.