What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the benign enlargement of breast tissue in males. Our boards-certified surgeons perform male breast reduction surgery in Marin County, removing excess fatty tissue and tightening the skin. Although there are occasional medical conditions that can cause Gynecomastia, for most men it is an aesthetic concern that begins at puberty. However, it can be a source of embarrassment, stress, and a lack of self esteem for those who suffer from it. Fortunately, our state-of-the-art surgery center is more than well equipped to help you regain your confidence through this procedure.
Best Candidates for Male Breast Reduction
Candidates for Gynecomastia surgery should be in good health, both physically and psychologically. They should also be old enough to be certain that their condition is not temporary, as is often the case with younger men who still have “baby fat.” Men of any age who desire Male Breast Reduction surgery should be at a stable weight that is within the normal range for their height and bone structure. Having good skin elasticity is also helpful. A Gynecomastia specialist will inform the patient about what to expect during and after surgery.
Male Breast Reduction surgery is a combination of fat removal, tissue reduction and muscle and skin tightening. Depending on the patient’s needs, the Gynecomastia specialist may use Liposuction to siphon excess fat from the breast area. Once the fat is removed, underlying muscle can be tightened along with the breast skin to achieve a more sculptured appearance. In some cases it may be necessary during Gynecomastia surgery to remove excess skin as well for an optimal result. In other cases, the size of the areola may need to be reduced too.
Post Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Gynecomastia surgery requires general anesthesia and generally takes between two and five hours. Surgical drain tubes may be needed along with dressings and an elastic bandage. Swelling will subside over time. Pain can be managed with pain medications. Drains and bandages can be removed a day or two after a Male Breast Reduction surgery procedure, with external sutures removed in one to two weeks. Vigorous exercise should be avoided for a few more weeks.
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If you are considering male breast reduction surgery and live in San Francisco or near Greenbrae, please schedule a consultation with Plastic Surgery Specialists today. Contact us at (415) 925-2880.
- Can my excessive breast tissue be removed with liposuction alone?
In most cases, Gynecomastia can be significantly improved if not eliminated with liposuction alone, especially with the use of ultrasonic liposuction (Vaser or LipoSelection). The breast can be adequately contoured with this technique. It does require some elasticity of the skin in order for it to retract once the excessive tissue is removed. For some a small incision near the nipple may be required to remove more fibrous breast tissue. If there is significant sagging of the skin or size similar to a female breast, it may be necessary to reposition the nipple to achieve the best contour and this could result in additional scarring.
- Will my excess breast tissue recur?
In most cases correction of this problem is permanent and natural male contours can be achieved.
- How long does the surgery take and what is recovery like?
Surgery varies from one to two hours. Recovery usually involves three to four days until normal activities can be resumed, and vigorous activities within one to two weeks. Bruising in the first few days is not unusual.
- What are the possible problems associated with male breast reduction?
Slight skin irregularities can occur following liposuction or excision of Gynecomastia. If there is a significant amount of fibrous breast tissue, an incision could be required in order to remove it. Temporary numbness or hypersensitivity of the breast can occur but usually resolves within weeks.
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