Men and even teenage boys can develop excess chest tissue, creating the appearance of feminine-like breasts. Known as Gynecomastia, this condition often resolves on its own as men mature. But for some men it can be a long-term problem that leads to embarrassment or diminished self-esteem.
Men who exhibit Gynecomastia can turn to our highly experienced team at UCI Plastic Surgery for male breast reduction, a procedure that creates a flatter and more masculine-looking chest.
Reasons to Choose Male Breast Reduction
Men who have symptoms of Gynecomastia should investigate possible causes of the condition. Physicians have linked the problem to hormone levels, drug use and other lifestyle-related factors. If you cannot find a resolution in this manner, male breast reduction may be the best solution.
Candidates should be healthy males, and be:
- At a stable body weight
- Realistic about the procedure’s risks and benefits
- Motivated to change appearance
Male breast reduction is usually performed for adult males, but in select cases it may be appropriate for teens suffering from severe Gynecomastia.
FAQ About Male Breast Reduction
We’ve listed some of the most common questions asked about gynecomastia surgery. For answers to any question not listed here, please call or email one of our Costa Mesa plastic surgeons.
What does male breast reduction do?
Male breast reduction surgery reduces enlarged male breasts, alleviates puffiness in the chest, and protrusion in the nipples. The surgeon removes excess glandular tissue from behind the nipples, using techniques in liposuction and excision (removal of tissue with a scalpel). General anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation can be used for this 1-3 hour procedure.
Where are incisions located for male breast reduction?
Incisions for male breast reduction are usually well concealed. They are placed in the pigmented areas around each areola or in each armpit.
How long is recovery after male breast reduction?
After surgery, you can expect to feel upper body soreness and tenderness for 1-2 weeks. Most patients are able to resume their routine after a few days to a week. Light exercise can usually be resumed after about two weeks. Do not perform strenuous chest exercises for at least four weeks, depending on your doctor’s post-operative instructions. An elastic compression garment on the chest may be necessary for several weeks.
What are the risks of male breast reduction?
Like all surgical procedures, male breast reduction has risks that patients should know about and understand. Possible complications include but are not limited to: noticeable scars, pigmentation changes, asymmetry, infection, and bleeding. You can review all risks during your consultation with one of our California plastic surgeons.
For more information about male breast reduction, give us a call to schedule your consultation. We are currently serving Los Angeles, Orange, Tustin and Costa Mesa locations.