Male Breast Reduction
Enlarged male breasts (gynecomastia) can be caused by the use of certain medications, alcohol, steroids, drugs, heredity, excess weight, or it may remain unknown.
Gynecomastia is the buildup of excess breast tissue that results from hormone fluctuation and is very common among teenagers and men.
Also known as “male breast reduction”, gynecomastia surgery can improve the appearance of oversized male breasts by removing excess fat and breast tissue to restore a firm, more masculine appearance to the chest.
Gynecomastia surgery treats the following:
- Excess fat in the male breast
- Excess tissue in the male breast caused by gynecomastia
- Enlarged or stretched areolas
- Drooping male breasts
The Ideal Gynecomastia Surgery Candidate
Those who achieve the best results with gynecomastia surgery are physically and mentally healthy, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations of the procedure. During your initial consultation, Dr. Hiatt will review your health and medical history to ensure you are a good candidate. He will also provide more detailed information about the procedure as well as gynecomastia surgery cost and other basic information before you decide whether or not to undergo the procedure.
Gynecomastia Surgery Procedure Steps
Gynecomastia surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis with or sedation general anesthesia. When the tissue causing the increased size of the breast is mostly fat, liposuction techniques alone can give an aesthetically pleasing result. Several small incisions are made where a thin, hollow tube is inserted. The fat is suctioned out as the surgeon moves the device back and forth beneath the skin. In most cases of gynecomastia, excess breast tissue is also present causing the areola to enlarge. Through infra areolar incisions, the size of the areola can be reduced or it can be repositioned to provide a more masculine contour.
Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery
The length of recovery time with gynecomastia surgery will vary depending on the extent of the procedure. Dressings or bandages will be applied after surgery. You may be instructed to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and help your body conform to its new shape. You should avoid any bending, heavy lifting, or strenuous exercises for three weeks, or until you are cleared for such activity by your surgeon.
Gynecomastia Surgery Risks
Although rare, some complications that can result from gynecomastia surgery are:
- Poor wound healing
- Changes in skin sensation
- Anesthesia risks
- Breast asymmetry
- Damage to nerves or blood vessels
- Fluid accumulation
Gynecomastia Surgery Costs
The cost of gynecomastia surgery varies depending on many factors, including the technique used and where your surgeon is geographically located. According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the national average surgeon fee for gynecomastia surgery was $3,194 in 2012. This number does not include the cost of anesthesia, the surgical facility, and the cost of any medical tests or prescriptions. You will receive the most accurate gynecomastia cost estimate during your initial consultation.
If you would like to learn more about the gynecomastia procedure in Mesa, AZ, please schedule a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Karl B. Hiatt by filling out our online contact form or by calling (480) 844-1410 today.