Male Breast Reduction / Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia is breast enlargement in men. Breast enlargement can be caused by many factors including obesity, hormonal imbalances, certain medical conditions, hereditary conditions, or from taking certain drugs or medications. Some men feel pain associated with the growth and are bothered by the appearance. Surgery is performed to remove the excess breast tissue.
Who is a candidate for gynecomastia surgery?
Healthy males with bothersome excessive breast tissue are good candidates.
A medical evaluation by your primary care physician should be performed to identify any medical conditions contributing to the gynecomastia before pursuing surgery.
Gynecomastia surgery removes excess breast tissue and fat, resulting in a well-contoured chest and normally sized areola.
Gynecomastia surgery is performed in the operating room, under heavy sedation or general anesthesia. Scars vary depending on the amount of breast tissue removed. If the breast has mild excess skin, the incision is concealed around the areola and scarring is minimal. If the breast tissue is excessive and the breast and areola are sagging, additional skin removal is needed, resulting in a longer scar. The extra breast tissue is removed and liposuction is then performed to contour the remaining chest area. A light dressing and compression wrap is applied. Patients go home on the same day of surgery.
Patients experience pain, swelling, and bruising. Most patients return to work within a few days to a week. Heavy exercise/lifting is permitted four weeks after surgery. A compression vest is recommended for 4 weeks post surgery to decrease swelling.
Gynecomastia surgery cost is around $5,000 to $7,000. In some cases, insurance may cover the costs.
Risks include infection, swelling, bleeding, sensation loss, or contour irregularities. Additional risks will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Carpin.