Gynecomastia

Reducing Male Breast Enlargement

Gynecomastia, also called male breast enlargement, is an extremely common condition in which males develop excess fat and breast tissue in the chest region. Many men (well over 20 percent) experience this concern, especially as they get older; however, teens and younger boys can have it too. While gynecomastia does not present any health risks in and of itself, many patients consider this disorder to be distressing and aesthetically undesirable. Dr. Mark Richards, our board certified plastic surgeon, utilizes the latest techniques to remove excess fat and glandular tissue and restore a smoother, flatter appearance to the chest.

Causes of Male Breast Enlargement

Gynecomastia generally stems from two main sources: hormonal imbalance (relatively rare), or a genetic predisposition to fat accumulation or development of breast tissue in the chest (very common). In the latter case, the situation often persists even after major weight loss. Occasionally, certain prescription medications can also lead to hormonal fluctuations that cause swelling in the breast area. During the initial consultation, Dr. Richards will determine the origin of the condition and recommend a course of action that offers the best result possible.

Treatment Options

Depending on the consistency of the gynecomastia, liposuction may be the answer. Liposuction can remove the fatty breast tissue that contributes to the feminine appearance, thus restoring a flatter shape. VASER® LipoSelection® is especially well-suited to this procedure, because it allows fine sculpting detail and causes minimal damage to surrounding areas and normal connective tissues.

In the event the primary concern is glandular (breast) tissue, liposuction may help but not be fully effective. In this case, male breast reduction surgery can achieve more comprehensive results. Dr. Richards utilizes LipoSelection® combined with small incisions to remove the excess fatty and fibrous tissue from the chest, contouring the region to help achieve the patient’s cosmetic goals. In instances where both types of tissue are present, Dr. Richards may recommend a combination of VASER® LipoSelection® and male breast reduction.

Recovery Experience

Following the procedure, you should be able to return to normal activity and work within a few days. Some swelling and tenderness in the area is normal, and these effects should fade over time. We will provide prescription medication to help you manage any discomfort and make this process as pleasant as possible. Depending on the technique, you may need to wear a compressive garment band around the chest and under your clothing for part of the healing period. While recovering, you should also avoid strenuous upper body movements and exercise for approximately two weeks, or as long as Dr. Richards advises.

Dr. Richards is committed to providing his patients with excellent results. He understands that this condition can lead to lowered self-confidence, and he seeks to help improve the lives of his male patients through gynecomastia treatment.

If you have questions about male breast enlargement, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Richards, please contact Ageless Impressions – Plastic Surgery Institute today.