Gynecomastia refers to a relatively common condition among men – excessive breast tissue. There are several causes for this condition, among them: obesity, glandular/hormonal issues, genetics, or the use of certain drugs. Most commonly, no specific cause is found. Males who develop gynecomastia at a young age may become self-conscious and dissatisfied with their bodies. This lack of self-esteem can have long-lasting psychological consequences. Males who develop gynecomastia at a later age generally cope better with the condition, as their self-image has already been established to some degree. However, these men may feel embarrassed or self-conscious about taking their shirt off or even wearing certain clothes. Either way, gynecomastia can be damaging to the psyche, and many men would like to alleviate the condition. Our board certified plastic surgeon, Paul LoVerme, MD, offers advanced procedures to successfully address gynecomastia.
Benefits of Male Breast Reduction and Complementary Procedures
When excess fat and/or glandular breast tissue create the appearance of swollen breasts, men can feel self-conscious or struggle with body image issues. Treating gynecomastia with high definition (Hi Def) liposuction can give the chest a more masculine, muscular shape and provide psychological benefits as well. Male breast reduction surgery can eliminate excess glandular tissue and fatty tissue, smooth and tighten any loose skin of the chest, and resize the areolas. Male breast reduction surgery is appropriate for all men— from teenagers to healthy 70 year olds. After male breast reduction surgery, patients typically feel more comfortable with their bodies and more at ease wearing form-fitting clothing, removing their shirts at beaches or pools, and participating in sports that do not require a shirt. Some patients choose to combine male breast reduction with an additional procedure such as abdominal or flank liposuction or CoolSculpting® to further transform and tone the appearance of their upper body.
Candidates for Gynecomastia Treatment
Ideal candidates for male breast reduction should not be obese and have adequate skin elasticity. During the consultation process, Dr. LoVerme performs a physical examination, carefully reviews your medical history, and discusses your goals and expectations. If he determines you are a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery, he will design a customized treatment plan that can meet your unique needs. As with any surgery, there are risks, which should be taken into consideration before having the procedure performed. Dr. LoVerme will discuss all of the benefits, risks, and complications associated with the techniques he plans to use to accomplish your treatment.
Gynecomastia Treatment Options
Depending on cause of gynecomastia in the individual, there are a number of possible solutions. If the breast size is due to obesity, patients should first attempt weight loss through dieting and exercise. If gynecomastia may be related to alcohol, marijuana, or steroid use, patients should abstain from these substances. For those with hormonal imbalances, treatment should be initiated before surgery. Providing these preliminary measures are ineffective, and you are a good candidate, male breast reduction surgery can be a viable option.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Each male breast reduction surgery is custom-tailored to suit the patient’s individual needs and achieve his cosmetic goals. For some patients, Dr. LoVerme will need to excise glandular tissue. For others, excessive fat can be removed using liposuction techniques. Dr LoVerme usually will use S.A.FE. Liposuction, a multi-step process to effectively remove & sculpt fatty tissue. The majority of men will need a combination of gland excision and S.A.F.E. Lipo to create high definition sculpting and optimal results. Both procedures are generally performed through incisions that are small, carefully hidden around the edge of the areolas, and typically result in very minimal scarring.
Cost of Male Breast Reduction
Since each male breast reduction surgery is unique, the exact cost of the procedure can vary between patients. A number of factors are considered when determining the cost of male breast reduction including how much tissue must be removed, which techniques are necessary, anesthesiologist’s fees, and postoperative medications. If glandular breast tissue is removed it will be sent for pathology lab review and there will be an additional charge. Patients seeking ways to make male breast reduction more affordable can explore our financing options, which offer low monthly payments and low-interest loans.
Male Breast Reduction Recovery and Results
The recovery period following male breast reduction surgery is fairly short. Immediately following the surgery, there is typically some bruising and swelling. Dr. LoVerme will cover the stitched incisions with a dressing. You will also need to wear a pressure garment for four weeks after the procedure (we will provide this garment for you). Within four to six weeks, the area will heal and the swelling will dissipate, and you will see the final results of your gynecomastia surgery. Male breast reduction can enhance your appearance and self-esteem, however it is important to have realistic expectations before having any cosmetic surgery performed.
Potential gynecomastia patients can contact Paul LoVerme, MD for further information on male breast reduction surgery, or to schedule a confidential consultation.