Gynecomastia is a condition in which males develop woman-like breasts. It can affect teenagers and adults alike, and may be caused or exacerbated by:
- Weight gain
- Anabolic steroid use
- Hormonal imbalance
- Marijuana use
- Medication side effects
Gynecomastia can cause embarrassment and self-esteem issues in men, and may cause men to avoid intimate encounters and situations where they may need to be shirtless, such as swimming. Fortunately, male breast reduction surgery is very safe and effective.
The Male Breast Reduction Procedure
In some cases, liposuction alone is enough to significantly reduce the size of the breasts. In other cases, direct excision of fat and glandular tissue may be required. If direct excision is performed, a small incision will be made at the areolar border. This incision is very inconspicuous and generally heals very well, leaving a practically invisible scar.
In extreme cases, excess skin may need to be removed as well. Dr. Bottger will discuss your male breast reduction surgery in detail so that you are well informed about what exactly will be done and what type of results and recovery you can expect. See our male breast reduction before-and-after photos to see how others have benefited from this surgery.
Recovery After Male Breast Reduction
Immediately after your surgery, a tight-fitting compression vest is placed over the chest area. This vest should be worn for two to three weeks following surgery to help with swelling and ensure consistent results. If an open procedure was required, drains may be placed as well. These drains are usually removed after 3 to 5 days.
You may experience some pain, but this pain is not usually severe and can be managed well through medications. You should also expect some swelling and bruising, the majority of which will dissipate after around two weeks.
Most men are able to return to work within a week of gynecomastia surgery. However, you should avoid heavy exercise and other strenuous activities for around 3 weeks.
Final results are typically seen at around the 3-month mark.
Male Breast Reduction Candidates
You may be a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery if you:
- Are emotionally stable
- Do not have significant medical problems
- Are in overall good health
- Have firm, well toned skin that will retract well
- Are not using anabolic steroids or marijuana
If your gynecomastia is caused by an underlying medical condition, you should probably try to treat the condition before undergoing breast reduction surgery. In addition, if it is a side effect of certain medications you are taking, you may not be the best candidate.
However, the majority of men with gynecomastia are candidates for male breast reduction. It’s important to lead a healthy lifestyle following your surgery in order to maintain your results as well as your overall health.
Schedule Your Gynecomastia Surgery Consultation
If you are suffering from male breasts, contact Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. David Bottger at 610-355-1929 today to schedule your confidential consultation. Male breast reduction can help you feel better about your body and increase your confidence in social situations, so don’t hesitate to talk to Dr. Bottger about whether it may benefit you.
We serve patients in Philadelphia, Newtown Square, and other nearby areas of Pennsylvania.