Men can suffer from overdeveloped or enlarged breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia. This condition is actually very common. If you have gynecomastia, you may find that it can affect your self-esteem and cause embarrassment. You may not feel comfortable removing your shirt in social or even intimate situations. Fortunately, gynecomastia can be corrected through plastic surgery, though the treatment options depend on the cause.
Gynecomastia surgery is a procedure that’s done to remove the glandular tissue that causes enlarged breasts in men. Gynecomastia combines this tissue removal with liposuction to help create a more masculine chest.
Candidates for Gynecomastia Surgery
Surgical options to reduce the appearance of enlarged male breasts should be considered if your condition cannot be improved through alternative medical treatments. In some cases, gynecomastia that sets in during puberty is self-correcting. The same can be true for men whose breasts grow as a result of weight gain. However, for some men, the fat deposits in the breast tissue are resistant to weight loss. In this case, the most effective solution is cosmetic body contouring surgery. All candidates should be healthy nonsmokers with realistic expectations for this procedure.
How Does It Work?
Your options for gynecomastia surgery include:
Liposuction: If your gynecomastia is primarily caused by excess fatty tissue, liposuction is an effective treatment option. With liposuction, excess fat in the treatment area is loosened with a thin tube called a cannula and then removed. This option alone may be sufficient if your skin is elastic and can spring back after the fat is removed.
Excision: In cases where glandular breast tissue or excess skin must be removed, excision may be recommended. Excision is also necessary to reposition your nipple or reduce the size of your areola.
Combination of liposuction and excision: Depending on the cause of your gynecomastia and your physical characteristics, a combination of liposuction and excision may be the best treatment option.
You’ll notice an immediate difference in your chest’s appearance, as your breasts will be gone. However, you won’t see final results until swelling and bruising have disappeared, which usually takes about three to six months. In many cases, the results last forever. However, if your gynecomastia was caused by the use of certain drugs and medications or weight gain, you will need to avoid these substances and commit to a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain your results.
During your recovery period, you’ll need to wear a compression garment to help keep the swelling down. You should be able to go back to work within one week, although you may need to take more time off of work if you work a job that involves manual work (like lifting heavy objects).
Take the Next Step
If you’d like to learn more, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Scott A. Greenberg at Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL (serving the Central Florida area). 407-644-3137