Gynecomastia: Male Breast Reduction
Gynecomastia is a medical term that refers to enlarged male breasts. This condition is fairly common, affecting up to half of the male population. One or both breasts may be involved. At the Zannis Center for Plastic Surgery in New Bern, NC, our team offers specialized male breast reduction procedures, also known as gynecomastia, for men across our area and throughout North Carolina. Some of the benefits of male breast reduction surgery include a firmer, flatter, more contoured chest, leading to greater self-confidence and an enhanced body-image.
It is widely accepted that the majority of cases of enlarged male breasts are derived from unknown sources. However, it is believed that certain drugs, such as anabolic steroids, as well as medications containing estrogen, alcohol, marijuana, and certain medical conditions, including cancer and impaired liver function, may cause or contribute to enlarged male breasts.
Men of any age who are healthy and emotionally stable are considered good candidates for male breast reduction surgery. The Zannis Center for Plastic Surgery is a local leader in gynecomastia surgeries, with dozens of these procedures successfully performed here over the years.
The Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia Reduction) Procedure
Enlarged male breasts can be reduced by liposuction, by cutting out excess glandular tissue, or by a combination of these two techniques. Your unique gynecomastia procedure and techniques will be determined by your body and through careful consideration and consultation with your surgeon. The procedure for male breast reduction at the Zannis Center for Plastic Surgery takes an average of two hours, and we usually perform it on an outpatient basis. If excessive glandular tissue, fat, and skin is present, it will be removed during the gynecomastia procedure.
For the removal of excess fatty tissue alone, liposuction may be all that is needed. In these cases, the resulting scars will be small and barely visible. Our male breast reduction patients can expect their chest area to be tightened, firmed, and flattened following their surgery, and the appearance of the areola can also be diminished in some cases.
Recovery from Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Generally, there is little downtime and recovery needed following a male breast reduction surgery. At the Zannis Center for Plastic Surgery, our gynecomastia patients usually return to work within a few days, unless they’re going to be involved in strenuous activities.
After a male breast reduction procedure, there will be scarring around the areola of the breast, but this will gradually fade and be less visible over time. There will be some post-operative bruising, swelling, and burning sensation expected as well. To assist with the healing process, the patient will wear an elastic pressure garment for 3-6 weeks and must avoid exposing incisions to the sun for at least 6 months.
Other considerations following a male breast reduction procedure include temporary numbness or lack of sensation that could last up to a year. Postoperative asymmetry of the chest, while rare, is also possible. In these uncommon cases, a second procedure may be needed to remove the additional tissue. Although the results of gynecomastia surgery are permanent, subsequent weight gain can lead to a gynecomastia-like effect in the future.
If you’d like to learn more about your options for a male breast reduction surgery, or gynecomastia procedure, at the Zannis Center for Plastic Surgery, we encourage you to get in touch with us today. All you have to do is contact us through our website or call us at (252) 633-1197 to schedule your consultation. Our friendly, knowledgeable team will meet with you discreetly, guide you through your gynecomastia options, and help you get the procedure that’s ideal for you.