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Male breast reduction is a surgical procedure to correct gynecomastia, enlarged breast tissue in men. Gynecomastia can be an issue for men of all ages as it typically begins in adolescence. Although some cases resolve spontaneously, others persist into adulthood. A male breast reduction can restore a masculine chest and improve one’s self-confidence.
Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction) Considerations
During your male breast reduction consultation with Dr. Erika Sato, she will tailor a surgical plan specifically to meet your needs and expectations and answer any questions that you may have.
Who is a good candidate for Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)?
If you are healthy and near your ideal weight, you may be a good candidate for a male breast reduction. Patients who are overweight are often advised to attempt traditional weight loss methods before undergoing a male breast reduction, as this may resolve gynecomastia.
A medical exam and a thorough review of your medical history will help Dr. Sato determine if a male breast reduction is the right option for you.
What happens during Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)?
Male breast reduction is an outpatient surgery that is performed under local anesthetic and IV sedation at our in-office operating room or under general anesthesia in an ambulatory surgery center.
The surgery is a combination of liposuction and excision of any glandular fibrous breast tissue beneath the areola (pigmented skin surrounding the nipple). The procedure and incision locations vary depending on the size of the breasts and whether excess skin is present. If there is minimal excess skin then a small incision is placed along the areola, usually on the inferior aspect. If significant excess skin is present, the incision may be placed along the crease beneath the breast.
What can I expect while recovering from Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)?
A compression vest will be worn for 4 weeks after the surgery to reduce swelling. Mild pain, swelling, and bruising are normal after a male breast reduction.
You should be able to return to work within a week. Mild physical activity is okay but strenuous exercise should be avoided for 2-4 weeks until the incisions are healed.
Are the results of Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction) permanent?
To maintain results from a male breast reduction, it is important to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Any significant weight gain following the procedure can lead to re-accumulation of breast tissue.
Are you interested in male breast reduction in Houston? Contact Dr. Erika Sato today for a consultation.