Gynecomastia

Male Breast Reduction

Enlarged male breasts, or “gynecomastia,” is a condition caused by increased hormone production, use of certain drugs, or genetics. Characteristics of the condition include excess localized fat or glandular breast tissue in one or both breasts. Gynecomastia surgery (also called “reduction mammaplasty”) corrects this condition by reducing the size of the male breast.

Gynecomastia Candidate

The ideal candidate for gynecomastia surgery can relate to the following:

  • Is physically healthy and at a healthy weight
  • Has realistic expectations of the procedure
  • Breast development has stabilized
  • Does not smoke

Gynecomastia Procedure

Patients will have the choice between intravenous sedation and general anesthesia to maintain comfort during surgery. Reduction mammaplasty involves liposuction, excision, or a combination of both. Liposuction is used when the excess breast tissue is mainly composed of fat cells. The doctor inserts a cannula (hollow tube) to loosen excess fat and remove it through vacuum suction. Only very small incisions are made with liposuction, so scarring is minimal. When the excess breast tissue is glandular, excision must be used. Surgical removal of the tissue is also used if the nipple needs to be reconstructed. Most incision lines can be concealed within natural body contours and will fade over time, but some scarring may be visible.

Recovery from Gynecomastia

Dr. Thompson will give you specific instructions regarding how to care for your incisions, what medications to take, and what activities to avoid. You should expect to be away from work and regular physical activities for about two weeks following surgery. It is likely that you will be instructed to wear a support or compression garment to minimize swelling and to help your body take on its new shape. Dr. Thompson will let you know when any bandages, stitches, or drainage tubes need be removed.

Gynecomastia Results

The results of gynecomastia surgery are generally permanent. However, if the condition was caused by weight gain or drugs such as steroids, your original shape may return if you use those drugs again or gain a significant amount of weight.

Risks and Side Effects of Gynecomastia

As with any surgery, there are risks involved with gynecomastia correction. These include:

  • Scarring
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Changes in nipple sensation
  • Rippling or excess fluid accumulation from liposuction
  • Fatty tissue deep in the skin may die (necrosis)
  • Pain

Gynecomastia Consultation

During a consultation, you and Dr. Thompson will discuss your health history and expectations of the procedure. Dr. Thompson will make sure you understand the procedural steps, along with any risks and complications to help you decide if gynecomastia surgery is right for you. If you are interested in gynecomastia correction surgery in the Colts Neck, New Jersey area, call 732-410-4789 today or fill out our contact form.