Man boobs no more
Gynecomastia is a condition that results in the enlargement of the male breasts. Although up to 60 percent of the male population is affected by gynecomastia at some point in their lives, this condition can still cause emotional distress and damage to confidence levels. Dr. Rosen performs male breast revision, or gynecomastia surgery, to remove excess breast fat and tissue in men to relieve distress and discomfort.
Male Breast Revision Candidates
Although all men have breast tissue and fat, an excessive amount is what defines gynecomastia. There are two approaches to treating this condition. During your consultation, Dr. Rosen will determine which type of gynecomastia you have, as well as the best surgical approach for you.
When the cause of gynecomastia is limited to excessive fat, liposuction is used. During this procedure, small incisions are made in the breast, a cannula is inserted, and the unwanted fat is suctioned away. Patients who only undergo liposuction of the breasts should have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the new contour of the chest.
The Open Technique
When gynecomastia is the result of excess breast tissue, the open technique is employed. Dr. Rosen makes an incision at the bottom of the areola, near the nipple, where excess tissue is excised. Depending on the amount of tissue removed and the degree of enlargement, excess skin may need to be trimmed. Incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures. This technique can be combined with liposuction if excess fat is present.
Male breast revision is an outpatient procedure performed under light general anesthesia in one to two hours. Following the surgery, you will be wrapped in a compression garment or vest that will help minimize swelling and bruising as well as promote proper healing. It is recommended that this garment is worn for four weeks. Some mild to moderate discomfort is expected during recovery from gynecomastia surgery. This can be remedied with oral pain medication and is temporary. Most patients return to work within one week. However, physical activity, especially activity of the arms and chest, is restricted for four to six weeks. Complications from gynecomastia surgery are rare and generally minor but can include infection, bleeding, fluid loss or accumulation, scarring, pigment changes on the breasts, and temporary numbness.
The final results of your gynecomastia surgery will generally become apparent three months following the procedure after any bruising and swelling have subsided. At this time, if the skin around the area has not retracted, an additional procedure to remove the excess skin can be performed. It is very rare for gynecomastia to recur in patients; therefore, the results are long lasting and considered permanent.