Cosmetic Breast Surgery
Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)
Abnormal breast growth in men can be an embarrassing and life altering problem. It may limit your willingness to participate in physical activities that require the removal of your shirt. This problem can be quite variable and range from a minor problem to a major structural problem. There are numerous surgical procedures to address this problem and they can be quite variable based on the severity of the problem. However, many problems can be addressed through incisions around the nipple and some small incisions for liposuction. There are numerous causes and these issues must be excluded before any surgery would be considered.
Who is a Candidate?
- If you have larger breasts than you consider normal
- If all other causes have been addressed including obesity
- While there are no clear age requirement, surgical candidates must have found some stability in their hormone fluctuations.
- More normal contour and body balance.
- Improved self-image.
- The procedure is done under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis or in the hospital.
- Incisions are made around the pigmented area (the nipple-areolar complex) and possible added small incisions for liposuction.
Recuperation and Healing
- The incisions are covered with light dressings, and a compression dressing to minimize the bruising, swelling and to aid in contouring.
- Initial discomfort subsides daily and can be controlled with oral medication.
- Scars will usually fade in 6-12 months.
- This is general information to prepare patients for surgery and not a reference for our post-operative patients.
Generally, this procedure is not covered by insurance though insurances will occasionally consider this…but there are very restrictive guidelines.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.