Gynecomastia is a medical term that comes from the Greek words for “women-like breasts.” An estimated 40 to 60% of men are affected by gynecomastia. Men who are affected my Gynecomastia often feel burdened with a social handicap that causes a deep and complex shame, embarrassment and feelings of humiliation.
A man or boy with gynecomastia struggles with anxiety over such simple acts as taking off his shirt at the beach. For many men, the best solution is surgery. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone, Dr Harris can help.
Gynecomastia is performed by eliminating fatty or glandular tissue from the chest area, which improves the shape and contour of the chest by making it flatter and firmer.
Male breast reduction surgery can be combined with other body contouring procedures such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or multiple areas of liposuction.
How is male breast reduction surgery performed?
Male breast reduction surgery is an outpatient surgical procedure performed at a surgery center. There are several different treatment options depending on your particular case. If the male breasts are primarily caused by fatty tissue, Dr. Harris will use liposuction to remove unwanted localized deposits of fat cells from the area. The chest is then re-sculpted into a more appealing contour.
If the gynecomastia is caused by glandular disorder, a surgical incision would be the method performed. In this method, a small incision is placed on the lower part of the areola or in the underarm area. Excess glandular tissue, fat and skin are excised from the breast. This can be performed alone or combined with liposuction.
This procedure takes approximately 1-2 hours, but may vary depending on the complexity of the case.
It is common to expect moderate discomfort, bruising and swelling for the first few days.
A Compression garment must be worn up to 4-6 weeks post-surgery to aide in the recovery process. Some patients may have numbness in areas treated, which can last for several months to a year. Most patients return to work in a week to 10 days and resume normal activities in 4 weeks after surgery. The procedure is performed as an outpatient.