Joseph M. Brown M.D, F.A.C.S
PLASTIC SURGEON IN TAMPA
Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
Though this condition is rarely talked about, it’s actually quite common. Gynecomastia is the medical term for overly developed male breasts and it affects an estimated 40 to 60% of men. It may affect only one breast or both. Though certain drugs and medical problems have been linked with male breast overdevelopment, there is no known cause in the vast majority of cases. Patients with gynecomastia may be embarrassed when their chests are exposed. A male breast reduction surgery can correct gynecomastia, and Dr. Brown can reshape the chest to a more masculine appearance. The effects of this surgery are not only physical, producing firmer, flatter and improved chest contours, but emotional as well, usually resulting in improved self-esteem.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure
For mild cases, liposuction is typically all that is required. For more moderate cases, an incision must be made around the edge of the areola to excise dense or more firm tissue from behind the nipple with liposuction performed throughout the chest to further refine the final result. In severe cases, skin will need to be excised and the nipple brought to a new location.
Male Breast Reduction Recovery
For most patients, this is performed under general anesthesia and patients go home the same day. A compression garment is worn day and night for about 3 weeks to help facilitate the final shape and contour of the chest during the immediate healing process. Strenuous activity is avoided for about 4 weeks during the recovery period.
Who is a surgical candidate for Male Breast Reduction?
If you are bothered by excess skin or fat over your chest muscles but are at or close to your ideal body weight, you may have breast tissue as opposed to normal fatty tissue. This will not improve with diet and exercise alone and you may benefit from surgical excision to achieve your goal.
If you are considering male breast reduction surgery for Gynecomastia, contact Dr. Brown at Tampa Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery to receive more information.
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