Surprising to many, men can develop excess glandular tissue in their breasts. This condition is known as gynecomastia. It causes many individuals emotional distress and can lower one’s self esteem. Men of all ages can present with gynecomastia in one breast (unilaterally) or both breasts (bilaterally).
Often, gynecomastia remains unchanged despite aggressive efforts such as healthy diets and regular exercise regimens. Some men try special supplements or diet pills to reverse this condition but are still unsuccessful in reducing the size of the breast gland.
Male breast reduction, or gynecomastia surgery, is the ideal solution for men who want to get rid of unwanted enlarged breasts. If you’re tired of “man boobs” and want a sculpted, well-defined chest, call Plastic Surgeons of Lexington at 859-276-3883 to learn more about male breast reduction.
Achieved with Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Elimination of Glandular Tissue
Gynecomastia is characterized by excess glandular tissue in the breasts. To correct gynecomastia, the breast size is reduced and the chest contours are flattened using direct excision of the breast gland and liposuction of the adjacent fat. Sometimes, skin excision is also required at a later date.
More Masculine Appearance
When a man is displaying a feminine trait such as enlarged breasts, he may not feel very masculine. Once his enlarged male breasts are corrected and his chest is contoured, he will achieve a more masculine and attractive appearance.
The majority of men undergo gynecomastia surgery for cosmetic reasons, but some men with excess glandular tissue and fat experience pain and discomfort, especially during physical activities. The excess glandular tissue will be removed to help a man feel more comfortable in his body.
Most men with gynecomastia are embarrassed to reveal their enlarged breasts. It can be intimidating when participating in normal activities that require exposing the chest such as going to the beach or swimming in a pool. After they have their chest contours reduced and shaped into a more masculine, toned appearance, they can feel more confident about how their body looks. Some men can’t wait to show off their newly restored and better-contoured physique.
Gynecomastia surgery is performed using general anesthesia. Liposuction and direct excision of glandular tissue, through an incision around the areola, are the mainstays of treatment. Sometimes, excess skin needs to be excised either at the time of the initial surgery or at a separate operative intervention. Recovery time and scarring will depend on the method employed. The average patient is back to work within one to two weeks following the surgery, and once healed, scars are easily hidden in the natural chest contours or around the areolas.
Gynecomastia Surgery Options
Liposuction is used for patients whose gynecomastia involves only excess fat and does not require glandular tissue or skin removal.
- Small, discreet incisions are made on the breasts.
- A fluid is injected to help loosen up the fat for easier removal.
- A thin, hollow tube (cannula) is inserted through the incisions.
- The cannula is hooked up to a vacuum device that is used to gently suction out the fat and create better chest definition.
Excess glandular tissue and fat are surgically removed using excision.
- Typically, an incision is made along the edge of the bottom half of the areola.
- Excess glandular tissue is removed.
- Sometimes excess skin needs to be removed by making incisions on the breast. If necessary, the nipples are repositioned to create a more attractive appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery?
Ideal candidates for gynecomastia surgery are in good health, have realistic expectations, and would like to correct enlarged male breasts. Schedule your private, one-on-one consultation at Plastic Surgeons of Lexington to learn more.
How much does gynecomastia surgery cost?
The cost of gynecomastia surgery will differ based on the extent of correction and the location where the surgery is performed. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average surgeon’s fee for gynecomastia surgery was $3,333 in 2014. However, this doesn’t include the cost of anesthesia, hospital room fees, and other fees related to the surgery.
What are the risks and potential complications associated with gynecomastia surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved with gynecomastia surgery, which include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Persistent pain
- Breast asymmetry
- Blood clots
- Unfavorable scarring
- Poor wound healing
Can gynecomastia surgery be combined with other procedures?
The gynecomastia procedure involves the use of liposuction, surgical excision, or both. Men may also choose to have liposuction performed on other areas of the body and to combine it with other body contouring procedures such as tummy tuck surgery.
What causes gynecomastia?
Men of all ages can develop gynecomastia, and many factors can lead to its development. Typically, men with this condition have normal hormonal levels. However, at the tissue level, it is theorized that there is an abnormal response to these normal hormone levels. In the United States, another cause of gynecomastia is drug use including anabolic steroids and marijuana.
For more information about gynecomastia surgery, please call 859-276-3883 for an initial consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Plastic Surgeons of Lexington serves patients throughout Kentucky.