Though few people talk about it, gynecomastia — or the swelling of breast tissue in men and boys — is common. It affects an estimated 40-60% of men. It can affect one breast or both. Although certain drugs and medical problems are linked to gynecomastia, there is no known cause in the majority of cases. For men who are self-conscious about their breasts, male breast reduction surgery at Contour Aesthetic Center can help. The procedure removes fat and glandular tissue from the breasts and, in extreme cases, excess skin may also be removed.* The result is a chest that is flatter, firmer, with a more athletic appearance.*
Gynecomastia occurs frequently among teenage males because of hormone fluctuations, but naturally resolves itself over time in most cases. When gynecomastia does not resolve by itself, Dr. Heidari will perform a breast reduction for teenaged boys, as large breasts can be embarrassing for them and create psychological and social problems.
Surgery is discouraged for men who are overweight unless they have first attempted to correct the problem with exercise or weight loss. For some men the condition is hereditary; for others, medical conditions such as cancer and impaired liver function contribute to the problem.
- Healthy males with good skin elasticity
- Teen-aged males with normal blood hormones and no liver dysfunction
- Males who do not drink excessive amounts of alcohol, take anabolic steroid or smoke marijuana
Dr. Heidari performs male breast reduction surgery on an outpatient basis using either a light general anesthetic or local anesthesia. This depends on the amount of tissues to be removed. A small incision is made at the bottom of the areola (the brown area encircling the nipple). Dr. Heidari then removes any excessive glandular tissue and skin. He often compliments the procedure with liposuction for optimal contouring of the chest. The surgery generally takes about two hours. Sometimes, drainage tubes are used for the first two to three days to help remove excess fluid. Your chest will likely be wrapped to help reduce swelling. Some swelling, bruising and numbness are normal and will subside over time.* Stitches are removed in one to two weeks following surgery.
You can return to work within four to seven days.* You will need to wear an elastic pressure garment for four to six weeks, and you should limit sports and strenuous activity for three to four weeks after the surgery. Patients should avoid direct sun exposure or salon tanning for six months.
*Individual results may vary.