Excessive male breast tissue, a condition called gynecomastia, impacts roughly 40-60% of men in the United States. For many people experiencing this common condition, it can be a source of self-consciousness or embarrassment. This is especially true in situations where you must remove your shirt, such as at the beach, by a pool, at the gym or in front of your romantic partner. Fortunately, gynecomastia doesn’t have to negatively impact your life any longer.
At Main Line Plastic Surgery, we offer male breast reduction procedures for individuals with gynecomastia. For many patients, this procedure can be life-changing and help provide improved confidence in social and professional interactions.
Dr. Raymond Jean is sensitive to the self-consciousness associated with gynecomastia, and he is committed to providing you with compassionate care throughout the process. You can learn about your options and receive individualized treatment recommendations by speaking with Dr. Jean in person.
Please call 484-222-0010 today to schedule your male breast reduction consultation. We serve patients in Bryn Mawr, Villanova and throughout the Main Line of Philadelphia.
See before-and-after photos of gynecomastia surgery.
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition that results in enlarged breast tissue in men. It most commonly develops in adolescent males around the time they reach puberty. In some instances, gynecomastia goes away as you enter adulthood. However, many men find that the condition impacts them throughout their adult lives.
Common causes of gynecomastia include:
- Hormonal imbalance (too little production of testosterone and/or too much production of estrogen)
- Consumption of certain medications
- Anabolic steroid use
- Drug use
- Weight gain
- Use of dietary supplements
- Liver disease
- Kidney failure
- Thyroid problems
Am I a Male Breast Reduction Candidate?
If you experience gynecomastia, you are most likely a male breast reduction candidate. Ideal candidates for this procedure are adult males who:
- Are in good overall health
- Have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure
- Feel embarrassed or self-conscious about their enlarged breast appearance
- Have firm, elastic skin that will reshape well to their body’s new contours
- Are at or near their ideal weight
In addition, smokers must be willing to quit prior to surgery and throughout the recovery period. Smoking constricts blood vessels and can negatively impact healing.
Your Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Male breast reduction surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The procedure typically takes one to three hours. Several techniques can be utilized in male breast reduction, depending on the extent of the procedure.
If the enlarged breasts are primarily caused by excessive fatty tissue, liposuction can be performed through tiny incisions to remove the excess fat. The incision may be made around the edge of the areola (the area around the nipple) or in the underarm. If excess glandular tissue is the primary cause of the enlarged breast, the tissue will be excised, or cut out, in addition to liposuction.
In more extreme instances when large amounts of fat or glandular tissue have been removed, excess skin may have remained that has not reshaped well to the new contour of the breast. In these cases, the excess skin may have to be removed as well. The incisions are then closed using sutures and are usually covered with a dressing. The chest may be wrapped to keep the skin firmly in place.
Recovery after Male Breast Reduction Surgery
You may experience some mild swelling, bruising and discomfort after your procedure. The discomfort typically subsides within a few days and can be managed with the pain medication prescribed by Dr. Jean. You will need to wear an elastic pressure garment for about two weeks, and at night for a few more weeks, to help reduce swelling. Most swelling will generally subside within the first two weeks of recovery.
Dr. Jean encourages you to start walking around on the day of your breast reduction surgery. This will promote blood flow, reduce the risk of blood clots, and facilitate proper healing. Light aerobic exercise and most normal activities can be resumed after a week, and you should be able to return to work at this point of your recovery. However, you will need to avoid strenuous activities for approximately four weeks after surgery.
Contact our Bryn Mawr Plastic Surgeon
Please contact Main Line Plastic Surgery using the form on this page or call 484-222-0010 today to schedule your male breast reduction consultation. We serve patients in Bryn Mawr, Villanova and throughout the Main Line of Philadelphia.