Male Breast Reduction | Auburn, AL
Enlargement of the male breast, or gynecomastia, is common during the teenage years. Typically, young men will have an increase in the size of the breast with the onset of puberty which usually resolves with time. Sometimes, however, the breast tissue remains resulting in an enlarged appearing breast. This can be emotionally distressing to young men who feel self-conscious about removing their shirts in front of others. Fortunately the condition is treatable and usually involves liposuction and resection of gland tissue for correction.
Why do I have gynecomastia?
Enlargement of the male breast is a common occurrence during puberty as a result of hormonal changes or heredity. Some studies report that the incidence may be as high at 65% in adolescent boys. The good news is that it usually resolves on its own. Older men may experience gynecomastia from disease, drugs or medications. Contributing factors include alcohol consumption, marijuana use and the use of anabolic steroids. A full medical evaluation by your medical doctor is recommended to determine the cause prior to undergoing treatment.
How is gynecomastia treated?
Gynecomastia is usually treated with minimally invasive techniques that involve a combination of liposuction and direct excision of breast tissue.
Who is a good candidate?
- Men desiring improvement in chest contour who have completed a medical evaluation
- Healthy individuals
- Realistic goals and expectations
What can I expect the day of surgery?
Many times this surgery can be performed in the office. On the day of surgery, your surgeon will make some marks on you in the preoperative holding area and confirm the surgery details with you. The surgery usually takes one to two hours and you will go home the same day. You will be placed in a compression garment immediately after surgery. Noticeable results will be seen immediately following surgery, but it will take several months for the swelling to disappear and the long term results to be realized. Most men return to work within a couple of days. Full strenuous activity can be resumed in four to six weeks.