Gynecomastia is the enlargement of male breasts, usually cause by either genetics or medications. It is quite common in men, estimated to affect up to 50% of men in the U.S. during their lifetime. Male breast reduction is the most effective treatment for gynecomastia and can be performed safely and successfully on men of all ages.
Although losing weight can in some cases help to reduce gynecomastia in some men, oftentimes there is also excess glandular tissue in the area as well, causing even very lean patients to have enlarged breasts. Male breast reduction is the most consistently effective and permanent solution for treatment of gynecomastia. If you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your chest or are uncomfortable going shirtless due to your enlarged breasts, male breast reduction may be a good option for you.
There are two main techniques for male breast reduction. One involves using liposuction only to remove excess fat and/or glandular tissue while sculpting your new chest contour. Liposuction is performed through small incisions made on each side of the chest, resulting in minimal scarring. For more severe cases of gynecomastia, surgical excision may be necessary, as well as tightening of the skin if there is stretched, sagging skin around the breasts. For surgical excision, Dr. Stiller will make incisions around the edge of the areola or within the natural creases of the chest and remove the fat and glandular tissue from the chest. Dr. Stiller will assess your gynecomastia during your consultation and will choose which technique is best for you and your body goals.
Recovery following a male breast reduction procedure using liposuction (an outpatient procedure) is relatively quite tolerable, with most men returning to work (or school) within several days after the procedure. Vigorous exercise should be avoided for about 3 weeks and a compression garment should be worn for the first few weeks after surgery.
Male breast reduction surgery involving the surgical excision of tissue has a bit longer recovery time, but is also an outpatient procedure that allows you to return home the same day as your procedure. The recovery process is similar to that of liposuction, but you will experience some soreness and swelling. Patients usually return to work within the first week after surgery and can gradually return to exercise after the first couple of weeks.
Results from gynecomastia surgery are immediate and permanent, as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid significant weight gain or steroid use. Some medical conditions may also result in a recurrence of gynecomastia, so it is important to discuss these factors with Dr. Stiller so you are well-informed and can ensure your results are permanent. You will instantly notice a flatter, more masculine chest following your procedure, giving you a boost of self-confidence in your body.