Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
OUR PROCEDURE PRICING*
Gynecomastia Male Breast Reduction Liposuction both sides $4200
Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction-Non Liposuction) one Side $3400
Gynecomastia (Non-Liposuction both sides) $5700
Male Breast Reduction
Gynecomastia, which is the overdevelopment of male breasts, affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men. It can be the result of hormonal imbalance, obesity, certain drugs or heredity, and can affect one or both breasts.
Candidates for breast reduction are men who have large or sagging breasts that make them feel physically and/or emotionally uncomfortable. Breast reduction can be performed on men whose breast development is complete; are in good health, both physically and emotionally; do not smoke; and are not overweight. Ideally, candidates have firm, elastic skin that will reshape itself to fit the contours of their breasts post-surgery.
MALE BREAST REDUCTION PROCEDURE
Male breast reduction is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis, and typically takes 1 to 3 hours. Male breast reduction is performed using liposuction or surgery, or a combination of the two.
If the enlarged breasts are caused primarily by excessive fatty tissue, the tissue is typically removed with liposuction, during which a cannula (a thin, hollow tube) is inserted through extremely small incisions, and then moved back and forth to loosen excess fat, which is suctioned out using a vacuum or a cannula-attached syringe. The incisions are made around the lower halves of the areolas or in the underarms.
If the enlarged breasts are caused primarily by excess glandular tissue, surgery is required. Incisions are made to allow for tissue to be removed. Sutures are used to close the incisions, which are then bandaged, and the area is typically covered by a compression garment for 2-4 weeks.
There is an associated condition that many patients with gynecomastia complain about. There is no name for this condition so I will just call it puffy nipples. Many men notice that in warm weather their nipple/areola complex will swell abnormally and puff out under their shirts. This is a very difficult condition to fix, however, I have had good success with thinning the skin under the nipple and then having it scar down to the chest wall. The procedure is technically part of most gynecomastia procedures, but the skin must be cut thin and therefore there may be some residual depression to the area after it is healed.
RECOVERY FROM MALE BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
Following male breast reduction surgery, there is bruising, swelling and discomfort. Discomfort usually dissipates after a few days, and can be lessened with prescribed pain medication. To help reduce swelling, the compression garment is worn for 2-4 weeks, and when active for several additional weeks. Swelling and any skin discoloration partially subside after 1 or 2 weeks.
Patients typically return to work within a week. Light aerobic exercise can be performed after 2 weeks, but strenuous activities should be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks.
RISKS OF MALE BREAST REDUCTION
In addition to the risks associated with surgery and anesthesia, those related to male breast reduction include the following:
- Skin or nipple injury with permanent scars
- Loss of nipple sensation
- Asymmetrical breasts or nipples
- Seroma – A collection of fluid can occur if you are too active after surgery. Wear the compression garment and rest!
- Bleeding – It is important to rest after the surgery and avoid strenuous activity. Too much activity can cause a blood vessel to open and bleed, even 2 weeks after the procedure, prompting a trip back to the operating room.
The results of gynecomastia surgery are usually permanent, as long as the patient’s weight remains stable. If drugs were the cause of the condition, the patient must permanently stop taking them to maintain results.
*All pricing includes pre-op/post-op appointments, surgeons fee, and facility/anesthesia fees.
What is Male Breast Surgery?
Male breast surgery is usually performed in about 1-3 hours. There are two types of surgery that can be performed, one is using liposuction to remove the fat through small incisions which will be suctioned or vacuumed out. The incisions are usually made around the lower half of the areola or in the underarm. If the enlarged breasts are caused by a glandular issue, then surgery will be required for the tissue to be removed. Incisions are made to allow for tissue to be removed, and then are closed using sutures.
Am I a good candidate for Male Breast Surgery?
An ideal candidate for male breast surgery is men who have large or sagging breasts, this could be due to a hormonal imbalance, heredity reasons, obesity, or certain drugs or medications that can usually affect on one or both of the breasts. Ideal candidates are men who do not smoke, and aren’t overweight and who have firm and elastic skin that can be reshaped to fit the contour of their breasts post surgery.
Are there any risks to getting Male Breast Surgery?
With any surgery there is always a risk involved, and we do our best to inform our patients of any risks that might be present with any procedure they undergo. Some of the risks of a male breast reduction surgery include, skin or nipple injury along with permanent scarring, loss of nipple sensation, discoloration, and seroma. If you experience any of the following we advise you to contact us or seek medical attention. Although rare for most of these risks, we want all of our patients to be well informed and will go over in detail of any risks during your consultation before your surgery.
How long is the recovery period?
Following a male breast reduction surgery, there will be some bruising and swelling, along with some discomfort. Discomfort tends to fade on its own after a few days, but we can also prescribe pain medication to help ease the pain. To also aid in swelling, a compression garment is to be worn anywhere between 2-4 weeks post surgery. We advise that any strenuous activity be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks.