Gynecomastia St. Petersburg
Male Breast Reduction for Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia is common among men and frequently is a sensitive topic. Typically, males gain breast tissue during the teenage years that resolves by early adulthood. Unfortunately, the breast tissue does not always disappear like it is supposed to. Men also commonly develop breast tissue later in life as testosterone levels diminish and men become estrogen dominant. Occasionally hormones, medications, and behavioral factors can lead to gynecomastia and should be addressed accordingly. Gynecomastia can be mild like areola protrusion to severe where breast tissue hangs down (breast ptosis).
Gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction) is a simple outpatient surgical procedure that can correct the problem by removing the breast tissue that did not disappear. The surgery may only require removal of breast buds but may require liposuction as well. This is accomplished by making two very small incisions inconspicuously placed. In severe cases, skin must be removed if there is significant excess skin.
What to Expect
Gynecomastia surgery is an outpatient procedure typically completed in 2 to 3 hours. If only retroareola breast buds are removed, then local anesthesia is all that is required. If liposuction is required, the procedure is done under general anesthesia. Tiny liposuction sized incisions are placed strategically. The surgery is completed and a compression garment is applied. Several weeks later massage is begun to keep the tissues soft and mobile. Typically only a day or two off work is necessary.