Male Breast Reduction
Gynecomastia is a benign condition that affects some men, characterized by an abnormal amount of breast tissue. Gynecomastia can be an embarrassing problem for men of all ages. Men of any age, including adults and adolescent boys can develop male breasts. If you experience persistent gynecomastia, you may consider male breast reduction surgery.
Male breast reduction is an effective surgical procedure for men that Dr. Michael J. Will performs to correct the symptoms and alleviate the embarrassment associated with male breasts.
Probably the single biggest reason that men seek a surgical correction is because their male breasts embarrass them. Some men choose to ignore them, or try to hide their chests. Other men gain weight to make their male breasts appear more normal. If you are tired of feeling embarrassed and trying to hide your chest, it may be time to consider a surgical correction.
What does male breast reduction treat?
Dr. Will performs male breast reduction to treat gynecomastia. Signs of gynecomastia include:
- An abnormal amount of breast tissue
- Feminine-looking breasts
- Breast pain or discomfort
- Swelling and discharge in nipple area
Before choosing surgery, you should explore alternatives to see if the issue can be resolved without surgery. Gynecomastia has been linked to hormone imbalance, which may be caused by your lifestyle or a medication that you are taking. Obese patients should reach a stable, healthy weight before considering male breast reduction.
Your gynecomastia may improve on its own over time, so rushing into surgery isn’t recommended. However, you should see a doctor to confirm that your gynecomastia is caused by a benign hormone imbalance. If your gynecomastia developed quickly, or is asymmetrical, a doctor can help rule out more serious conditions.
How is male breast reduction performed?
Your male breast reduction surgery will be performed under general anesthesia. The surgery requires an incision around each nipple. Most male breast reduction surgeries utilize liposuction techniques in order to remove excess fat and tissue from the chest. Additional techniques may be performed if certain types of non-fatty tissue are the cause of your gynecomastia.
After the excess tissue is removed from your chest, the incisions will be closed.
After Your Male Breast Reduction Surgery in Maryland
Immediately following your surgery, you will be groggy from the anesthesia. You will go home to rest and recover. You may be given medication to help you manage discomfort.
After surgery, you will likely experience some bruising and swelling. This may make it difficult (at first) to appreciate the results. Semi-permanent scars around the areola are also common, which will fade and flatten out over time.
A few months after surgery, you’ll be able to appreciate your flatter, more masculine chest. A regular fitness routine can ensure optimum, long-term results.