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Gynecomastia - Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Gynecomastia - Male breast reduction

Overview

Enlarged breasts in a male can produce a tremendous social stigma. Men with larger breasts may feel very self-conscious about their masculinity and become afraid to participate in sports or any outdoor activity that may require them to remove their shirt. Gynecomastia is quite common among males in their early teens, but many of these cases resolve with time. When enlarged male breasts extend into the years of manhood, it can be quite troubling. Many contributing factors to male breast enlargement have been identified: marijuana use, steroids, certain kinds of medications, liver disease, and testicular tumors. Planning must be given to the male breast reduction patient; giving them the shortest possible well-hidden scar is of the utmost importance. Schedule your consultation today at 407-999-2585 with Dr. Kenrick Spence at Orlando Plastic Surgery. Also feel free to browse through our Gynecomastia Before & After Photos.

Evaluation for a Male Breast Reduction, Gynecomastia

  • Overall evaluation of state of health
  • Detailed evaluation to identify possible causes of Gynecomastia, as needed
    • e.g. blood work, mammogram, or hormonal evaluation

Special Note: A significant number of patients do not have any clear-cut cause for their Gynecomastia. Not all patients require as extensive work up; as it may be all fat and not breast tissue contributing to Gynecomastia.

Drawings are made to help identify patient expectations for the future shape of the chest.

Preparation for a Male Breast Reduction, Gynecomastia

  • Stop all blood thinning agents (e.g. aspirin, vitamin E, etc.)
  • Stop all anabolic steroids or steroid like supplements
  • Stop smoking at least 6 to 8 weeks prior to surgery

Male Breast Reduction Procedure

The technique used to treat Gynecomastia in Dr. Spence's Orlando, Florida plastic surgery practice is dependent on the nature of the problem. If there is a large thick breastplate behind the nipple this can be removed with power assisted liposuction, creating a smooth transition to the surrounding chest. When the nipple droops and sits below the fold, Dr. Spence's preference is to perform a staged procedure allowing the elasticity of the skin to take effect. A much shorter scar breast lift, which can be hidden around the nipple, can then be performed.

Risk of Correction of Gynecomastia

  • Recurrence (with repeat steroid usage)
  • Poor scarring
  • Loss of sensation of the nipple

Recovery from Gynecomastia

  • When only liposuction is used to correct Gynecomastia, most patients are able to return to work in 2 to 3 days. A compression garment is worn for several weeks following surgery.
  • For procedures done in stages, recovery may take slightly longer. No heavy lifting is recommended for 2 to 4 weeks following surgery.
  • Surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis.

Gynecomastia can be a troubling stigma for men of all ages. With the advent of new and improved surgical instrumentation, improvements in technique, and utilizing the elasticity of the skin, it is now possible to correct more cases of Gynecomastia with less scarring. To schedule a male breast reduction consultation with Dr. Spence at Orlando Plastic Surgery, call 407-999-2585 or request a consultation online.


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