Breast Reduction for Men (Gynecomastia)
Also known as gynecomastia, breast reduction for men is the surgical correction of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men.
Enhancing your appearance with gynecomastia surgery
Gynecomastia, a condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men, is common in men of any age. It can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity conditions, disease or the use of certain drugs.
Gynecomastia can cause emotional discomfort and impair your self confidence. Some men may even avoid certain physical activities and intimacy simply to hide their condition.
Gynecomastia is characterized by:
- Excess localized fat
- Excess glandular tissue development
- A combination of both excess fat and glandular tissue
- Gynecomastia may be present unilaterally (one breast) or bilaterally (both breasts)
Is it right for me?
Gynecomastia surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.
This procedure is a good option for you if:
- You are physically healthy and of relatively normal weight
- You have realistic expectations
- Your breast development has stabilized
- You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too large
Adolescents may benefit from surgery, although secondary procedures may be needed in the future should breast development continue.
Surgical correction of gynecomastia is best performed on:
- Men whose condition cannot be corrected through alternative medical treatments
- Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
- Non-smokers and non-drug users
- Men with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for improving the physical symptoms of gynecomastia
What happens during gynecomastia correction surgery?
Plastic surgery to correct gynecomastia is technically called reduction mammaplasty, and reduces breast size, flattening and enhancing the chest contours.
In severe cases of gynecomastia, the weight of excess breast tissue may cause the breasts to sag and stretch the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). In these cases the position and size of the areola can be surgically improved and excess skin may be reduced.
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
In cases where gynecomastia is primarily the result of excess fatty tissue, liposuction techniques alone may be used.
This requires insertion of a cannula, a thin hollow tube, through several small incisions. The cannula is moved back and forth in a controlled motion to loosen the excess fat, which is then removed from the body by vacuum suction.
There are various liposuction techniques that may be used; the technique most appropriate in your case will be defined prior to your procedure.
Excision techniques are recommended where glandular breast tissue or excess skin must be removed to correct gynecomastia.
Excision also is necessary if the areola will be reduced, or the nipple repositioned to a more natural male contour. Incision patterns vary depending on the specific conditions and surgical preference.
Sometimes gynecomastia is treated with both liposuction and excision.
Will there be scars?
Any surgical treatment to correct gynecomastia will require incisions. While most incision lines are concealed within natural contours, some may be visible and are a necessary result of breast reduction surgery.
The results will be long-lasting
The final results of breast reduction in men are permanent in many cases.
However, if gynecomastia resulted from the use of certain prescription medications, drugs including steroids or weight gain you must be fully free from these substances and remain at a stable weight in order to maintain your results. Please discuss this with your physician before making changes to your prescription medications.
All scars are permanent, even though some scars may be concealed in the natural contours of the breast. Your improved upper body will likely enhance your self-image and confidence, whether in a shirt and tie, a t-shirt, or baring your chest at the beach.
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Male Breast Reduction
Some men in and near Fort Lauderdale have a condition called gynecomastia. This condition is characterized by enlarged or over-developed breasts. Gynecomastia can occur at any age and may be caused by hormonal changes, obesity, genetics or due to the use of certain medications. Men with gynecomastia may experience emotional discomfort, which could lead to an avoidance of intimacy. Furthermore, some men will discontinue participating in certain physical activities in an attempt to hide their condition. Needless to say, gynecomastia can negatively affect a man’s self-confidence.
Characteristics of Gynecomastia
Characteristics of this condition may be present on one breast (unilaterally) or on both breasts (bilaterally).
Symptoms of gynecomastia include:
- The development of excess glandular tissue and/or localized fat.
- Excess skin on the breasts.
Severe Cases of Gynecomastia
A man with a severe case of gynecomastia may have breasts that sag: This sagging is caused by the weight of the additional breast tissue. Furthermore, the dark skin that surrounds the nipple may become stretched (areola).
Male Breast Reduction Surgery to Treat Gynecomastia
Fort Lauderdale plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. John Michael Thomassen performs male breast reduction surgery (reduction mammaplasty) to reduce the size of the breasts. During this procedure, he also flattens and enhances the contours of the patient’s chest. If a man has a severe case of gynecomastia, Dr. Thomassen can also resize and reposition the areola during his male breast reduction surgery.
Men Who Should Consider Male Breast Reduction Surgery in Fort Lauderdale
The ideal candidate for male breast reduction surgery has specific goals in mind, a positive outlook and realistic expectations as to what this procedure can accomplish for him. Although adolescents may find male breast reduction surgery beneficial, should his breasts continue to develop, another procedure may be necessary in the future. For this reason, male breast reduction surgery is best suited for men whose breasts have already completely developed.
Men who seek male breast reduction surgery with Dr. Thomassen in Fort Lauderdale include:
- Men who feel that their breasts are too large.
- Men who have enlarged breasts that cannot be corrected with any other medical treatment should consider having male breast reduction surgery.
Dr. Thomassen prefers that his patients:
- Are healthy and of a relatively normal weight.
- Do not have medical conditions that could impair their ability to heal.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery – An Initial Consultation with Dr. Thomassen in Fort Lauderdale
When an individual arrives for his initial consultation to inquire about a male breast reduction surgery at Thomassen plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale, he needs to provide Dr. Thomassen with information related to his:
- surgical goals;
- drug allergies;
- medical disorders or conditions;
- previous medical treatments and surgical procedures;
- lifestyle choices (smoking, drinking, steroid and/or recreational drug use, etc.); as well as,
- current prescription and over-the-counter medications, herbs and vitamins he takes.
During an initial consultation for gynecomastia surgery, a patient should also expect Dr. Thomassen to:
- evaluate his general health and discuss pre-existing conditions;
- meticulously examine the patient’s breasts, which may include Dr. Thomassen taking detailed measurements of each breast’s shape and size, noting the placement of the nipples and areolas, as well as documenting the quality of the skin on the patient’s breasts;
- order or perform diagnostic tests as a means to determine the cause of the gynecomastia (this testing may include evaluating the function of the patient’s endocrine system);
- take photos to place in the patient’s medical record (these photos may also be used for reference during the patient’s male breast reduction surgery);
- recommend a treatment plan;
- address the use of anesthesia during the male breast reduction procedure; talk about the results he can expect following his gynecomastia correction surgery; as well as,
- discuss any potential risks and/or complications.
Preparing for a Male Breast Reduction in Fort Lauderdale
There are several things that a patient may need to do when preparing for his gynecomastia surgery:
- Discontinue smoking (if applicable).
- Have certain lab tests or visit his physician for a medical evaluation.
- Adjust his current medications and/or discontinue the use of certain medications and herbal supplements.
- Take medications that Dr. Thomassen recommends or prescribes prior to the male breast reduction surgery.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery – The Procedure Steps with Dr. Thomassen in Fort Lauderdale
A gynecomastia surgery is an outpatient procedure. For this reason, patients need to bring a driver with them on the day of their gynecomastia procedure.
Prior to the beginning of the male breast reduction procedure, patients receive medications to keep them comfortable (general anesthesia or intravenous sedation).
If the patient’s gynecomastia is due to excess fatty tissue, Dr. Thomassen may only need to perform liposuction to correct the problem:
- During liposuction, Dr. Thomassen creates several tiny incisions in the breasts. He uses these incisions to insert a thin, hollow tube (cannula).
- Once the cannula is inserted, he uses a controlled motion, moving it back and forth, to loosen excess fat. Furthermore, a liquid specifically designed to liquefy fat is distributed throughout the areas being treated.
- Once liquefied, he uses suction to remove this excess fat.
There are several liposuction techniques that Dr. Thomassen can use during a male breast reduction surgery; he will use the technique that he feels will provide the patient with the best results possible.
The Excision Technique
If excess skin or glandular breast tissue needs to be removed, Dr. Thomassen will use the excision technique. With this technique, he can also reposition and reduce the size of the areolas. The incision patterns that Dr. Thomassen uses depends on the specific issues he is correcting via a gynecomastia procedure.
The Liposuction and Excision Techniques, Combined
To achieve optimal results, some men will need Dr. Thomassen to utilize both liposuction and excision techniques.
Recovering from Male Breast Reduction Surgery in Fort Lauderdale
While a man recovers from his gynecomastia surgery, he will have bandages and/or dressings on his incisions. He will also receive a support garment to minimize inflammation and support his chest as it heals.
Dr. Thomassen may place a small, thin tube beneath the skin to drain excess fluid; thus, keeping it from accumulating within the body.
Dr. Thomassen provides his patients with specific instructions following their male breast reduction surgery.
This information may include:
- How to effectively care for the surgical site and drains.
- Medication instructions.
- Specific symptoms that indicate the need for medical assistance.
- The date and time of the patient’s follow-up appointment.
Although improvement is visible immediately, it will take several months for the full results to be realized. In addition, while incision lines are permanent, they will fade.
Men who are interested in learning more about the various solutions available for gynecomastia at Thomassen Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale should contact the office today.
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