Male Breast Reduction / Gynecomastia

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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.


Expected Results

Gynecomastia surgery removes excess breast tissue and fat, resulting in a well-contoured chest and normally sized areola.


Procedure Details

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.


Recovery

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.


Cost

Gynecomastia surgery cost is around $5,000 to $7,000. In some cases, insurance may cover the costs.


Risks

Risks include infection, swelling, bleeding, sensation loss, or contour irregularities. Additional risks will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Carpin.


FAQ

Will male breast tissue go away without surgery?
First, the cause of male breast tissue must be determined. After a medical examination and blood work to rule out a medical cause or drug-related cause, we may better predict the prognosis. In many cases, surgery is needed to remove the breast tissue.
Can gynecomastia reoccur after surgery?
In most cases, the results of gynecomastia surgery are long-lasting. However, certain drugs, steroid use, or weight gain could result in reoccurrence.
How can I make male puffy nipples smaller?
Puffy nipples on men may be a result of excess breast tissue or gynecomastia. The surgery may entail direct removal of the tissue using a small incision concealed along the border of the areola. The areola size can also be reduced if necessary.
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