Gynecomastia/Breast Reduction for men
Gynecomastia treatment or breast reduction for men corrects the problem of enlarged breasts in men by removing fat and glandular tissue from the breasts, and in some cases, excess skin. This procedure results in a flatter, firmer chest with a more masculine contour.
Considerations before Surgery:
- If you are overweight, you should first try to correct the problem by losing weight. If you are extremely overweight, you will not be a good candidate for the surgery
- If you drink alcoholic beverages beyond moderation or use marijuana regularly, these can also be contributing factors to your condition and you will be asked to stop using these substances.
- Your surgeon will thoroughly examine your breast area and will discuss any lifestyle factors that could be contributing to your condition. You may be required to have a breast x-ray taken to determine how much excess fat and glandular tissue is contained in the breast area. Your surgeon can also use the x-ray to rule out the small chance of breast cancer.
- Your doctor may alter your diet prior to surgery and may instruct you to avoid using certain medications. Since smoking can cause complications with recovery, your doctor may instruct you to stop smoking two weeks prior to your surgery and also for the recovery period.
What to Expect With the Procedure:
- Your procedure will include either a local, (you will be awake) or anesthesia, (you will be asleep), with the final decision made between you and your doctor.
- Your surgeon will make an incision on the breast in an inconspicuous area. Excess fat and glandular tissue will be removed through the incisions. Excess skin may also be removed if needed. If most of the tissue consists of fat, your doctor may use liposuction to remove the tissue. Upon completion of the gynecomastia surgery, an additional incision will be made in order to insert a small tube to allow proper drainage at the incision site. The other incisions will be covered with dressings.
What to Expect After the Procedure:
- You may feel some discomfort for a few days following surgery. Your doctor will give you medication to help manage the pain and discomfort. You may want to arrange for someone to help you with the first couple of days following male breast reduction until you are feeling better.
- Your doctor will instruct you to wear an elastic garment for the next week or two. You should expect swelling to subside a few weeks after surgery. However, it may be three or four months before you see the full results of the procedure.
- You should avoid sun exposure to the treatment area for at least six months after the procedure as this can darken scars.
If you are one of the 40% to 60% of men affected by enlarged breasts in one or both breasts, you can rely on the expertise of plastic surgeon Ozan Sozer, M.D. and staff at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery to help you achieve the look you are hoping for.
If you are interested in a gynecomastia consultation please call 915-351-1116 or fill out the form on this page.