Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is caused by the abnormal development of breast tissue in the male. Breast tissue is made up of both fatty and glandular tissues. Often, diet and exercise may improve the contour of the breast, by reducing the amount of fatty tissue, the glandular tissue has to be removed surgically.
Gynecomastia correction is a procedure that improves the contour of a man’s chest and flattens an overdeveloped or enlarged breast, referred to as Gynecomastia. This condition can be a source of embarrassment, leading some men to try and conceal the condition often preventing a man from removing his shirt in public or going swimming.
What causes Gynecomastia?
There are a number of physiological causes of Gynecomastia, including impaired liver function, drugs containing estrogen, anabolic steroids, alcohol and marijuana; although in the majority of cases, no specific cause can be identified. Prior to treatment, Dr. Duboys will perform a thorough medical history to address any underlying physiological cause. Men who are overweight are encouraged to lose weight prior to considering surgery.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure Details
An incision is made around the areolar and the breast tissue is surgically excised. Contouring of the male chest is next performed with liposuction and direct excision. A surgical compression garment is worn for 1 week followed by an Under Armour garment for 4-6 weeks.
Where are the incisions made?
Depending upon the patient, an incision is made in an inconspicuous location around the areola, Glandular tissue, fat and skin, are removed through the incision. Smaller reductions to reduce residual fatty tissue can be done with liposuction alone and an incision of less than a quarter of an inch. However, if the individual has lost a significant amount of weight requiring a larger reduction, additional incisions may be required.
Where is the surgery performed?
Dr. Duboys typically performs the surgery in his fully certified in-office surgical suite. This state-of-the-art operating room is fully approved by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities a convenience that is another solid reason to trust Dr. Duboys & Associated Plastic Surgeons & Consultants, PC.
What to expect after surgery
After surgery, the area is bandaged and a compression garment placed. Frequently, a drain is inserted that is painlessly removed several days later. Bruising and swelling are normal and usually resolve within a few weeks. It can also take several weeks for the skin to contour around the newly created foundation. A small scar remains, but this too fades with time.
When can I resume normal activities?
Patients can expect to return to work within 5-7 days and resume all activity 6 weeks post-operatively.
Schedule a consultation
During your consultation with Long Island Plastic Surgeon Dr. Duboys, he will perform a thorough examination and medical history, looking for potential medical causes of Gynecomastia. If a cause is found, this will need to be addressed prior to surgery. Dr. Duboys will also answer questions and explain details of the procedure.