It is estimated that 40%-60% of men are affected by enlarged breasts in one or both breasts. 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.
Liposuction procedures are best incorporated with Gynecomastia procedures. For more information, please select liposuction or abdominal etching tab on the menu.
Candidates for a Gynecomastia Procedure
It is recommended to lose weight prior to considering a gynecomastia procedure. Gynecomastia procedures are best for candidates who:
- Male individuals who are bothered by their large breasts
- Male individuals who have a positive outlook on improving the symptoms of gynecomastia
- Men who have realistic expectations
- Are in good health and are not extremely overweight. (You may be required to have a breast x-ray to determine how much excess fat and glandular tissue is contained in the area)
Gynecomastia Technique and Scaring
At your initial consultation, Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will examine your chest/breasts to decide the approach and necessary procedures needed to produce the desired result.
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. The incisions will be covered with dressings.
Recovery time following gynecomastia surgery varies greatly among individuals. Depending on your general physical condition and the extent of your surgery, you may be able to return to non-strenuous activities from one to three weeks after surgery. Many patients can resume their normal activities, including mild exercise, within a few weeks. It is normal to experience mild, periodic discomfort and swelling during recovery.
A surgical compression garment will be provided at our facility. It is recommended to wear the garment up to 2-3 weeks post procedure; however, your surgeon will indicate when it is best to discontinue. It may be up three or six months before you see the full results of the procedure. Sun exposure should be avoided to the treatment area for at least six months after the procedure as this can darken scars.
Risks and Complications
All surgery has risks and potential complications. Although the risks are not common, it is important that you understand the potential complications and know that no surgeon can offer risk-free surgery or guarantee of perfect result. Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will discuss any possible risks in detail during your consultation and will be sure to answer any questions or concerns that may arise.
In general gynecomastia procedures are considered outpatient surgery and are performed under general anesthesia; however, if an overnight stay is required, we can also offer that service at our surgical center.
Our surgical center, El Paso Cosmetic Surgical Center, is in our West El Paso state-of-the-art facility which offers a comfortable and private setting. El Paso Cosmetic Surgical Center has been certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. This is a voluntary program of certification, meaning that at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery we choose to have our plastic surgery center inspected to ensure excellence and quality care to our plastic surgery patients. Only those facilities that meet the most stringent requirements for patient care, cleanliness, and equipment are accredited by the AAAASF.
The next step is to schedule your consultation. During your consultation, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will evaluate you and discuss all your questions, concerns and desires before undergoing surgery so you can have realistic expectations. You may call our office at (915) 351-1116 to schedule your consultation or may fill out our “Schedule Your Consultation” tab and someone will contact you to make that appointment. Experience the Science of Beauty.