Gynecomastia, or enlarged breast tissue, is a common and often times embarrassing condition among men. Male breast reduction techniques can help you achieve a flatter, more masculine chest.

What is Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

Gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction) is a simple outpatient surgical procedure that can correct persistent enlarged breast tissue that. Gynecomastia that can be addressed with different surgery techniques including liposuction, tissue excision, or a combination of the two.  The goal of gynecomastia surgery is to reduce the breast tissue and help men achieve a more masculine figure.

Who is a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction?

Gynecomastia is common among men and can be a sensitive topic. Typically, men 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). Even those with mild cases of gynecomastia can still benefit from a male breast reduction procedure.

The Male Breast Reduction Procedure

Gynecomastia surgery is an outpatient procedure typically completed in 2 to 3 hours. Depending on the technique used, either general or local anesthesia will be used to ensure a comfortable procedure process. If stubborn fat is the cause of enlarged tissue, liposuction techniques can be used alone. Liposuction involves tiny, well-concealed incision where a cannula can be inserted to break up and remove stubborn fat cells. If enlarged breast tissue is present, surgical excision can be used. This requires an incision around the areola and sometimes within the natural crease of the chest where excess tissue and skin can be removed. In some cases, a combination of surgical excision and liposuction techniques will be used.

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Downtime and Recovery

After male breast reduction surgery, the incisions will be bandaged, and patients will be instructed to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling. Every patient’s healing process is different, but some degree of discomfort can be expected in the days following the procedure. This can be easily managed with prescription pain medication from Dr. Newman. There will be a few days of required rest and exercise restrictions, however, patients typically feel well enough to return to work and daily activities within 2-5 days. Once the healing process is complete and swelling has diminished, patients can enjoy a flatter, more masculine-looking chest with reduced breast tissue.

For more information on the male breast reduction and how to get started on your treatment plan, contact our office and schedule your consultation with Dr. Newman in St. Petersburg, FL.