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What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia, commonly referred to as “man boobs,” is a condition characterized by excess breast tissue on the male chest. The way that gynecomastia looks on one man may differ significantly from another. Some men develop what look like breasts, whereas others feel self-conscious about the appearance of swelling that develops primarily around the areolas.
Gynecomastia may be triggered by excessive weight however, most of the time there is no known cause. Infrequently, certain medications and drugs can be associated with gynecomastia such as marijuana, steroids, and other prescription medications. The frustration and embarrassment that men experience with gynecomastia often times motivates them to hide their “breasts” with tape, tight undershirts or layered and loose clothing.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Often, men are advised to lose weight in order to decrease the appearance of their excess breast tissue. Unfortunately, diet and exercise will usually have no effect on gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia surgery is an outpatient procedure performed with anesthesia. Surgical correction removes unwanted fullness and excess breast and fatty tissue in the male chest using small and strategically-placed incisions while preserving the sensation and health of the nipple. Often times excess skin is also removed with or without areolar reduction.
After surgery, the chest wall is flatter, there is a reduction in bulges seen through clothing, and the contour of the chest is more masculine. Post-operative discomfort is typically short-lived, subsiding within about one week’s time. Because there is relatively little down time after the procedure, in most cases, you can get back to your routine in a matter of days. However, soreness and swelling should dictate when exercise is resumed.
Dr. Gurley is an experienced Chesterfield plastic surgeon who has studied the causes and effects of gynecomastia. Most of her patients are in their teens or early twenties but gynecomastia may first appear later in life. It is important to select a board certified plastic surgeon who has performed many of these corrective procedures. Dr. Gurley’s training and extensive experience gives her a unique perspective for patients wanting to improve the masculinity of their shape.
What procedures can be performed to compliment male breast reduction?
A man who chooses to eliminate excess breast tissue with gynecomastia surgery may also want to extend the results of his primary surgery with liposuction throughout the areas the complement the chest. Liposuction may be performed on the abdomen, flanks, hips, and back. Additionally, if excess skin is present around the midsection, patients may consider maximizing results with abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery. During your consultation with Dr. Gurley, you can determine the best approach to your body-sculpting process.
Male Breast Reduction Before & After
Alternatives to surgery
Rarely liposuction alone will be enough to reduce gynecomastia. Often the tissue behind the nipple is firm and is not easily removed with liposuction alone. Waiting for resolution of the condition is considered if the cause is drug induced. If the condition has been present for more than two years it will unlikely resolve. A hormbuonal analysis by an endocrinologist (hormone specialist) can often rule out some known causes of male breast development.
Gynecomastia surgery recovery
Male breast reduction is an outpatient surgery. When the surgery is over a tight surgical garment is worn. Drains are used for a couple of days to help evacuate any fluid and to also aid in helping the tissues to stay flat. It is recommended that for two weeks sports and aggressive activity is avoided.
Risks associated with surgery
In addition to the general risks associated with surgery, there may be other risks. Risks include but not limited to, a loss or reduction in sensitivity of the nipple, loss of tissue, healing problems, asymmetry, residual gynecomastia, need for additional surgery, or buildup of fluid requiring drainage.
Schedule a consultation
Do you want to feel more confident with and without your shirt on? Call (636) 812-4300 for more information on gynecomastia and your treatment options for a flatter chest.