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Male Breast Reduction
Submitted by steven on Thu, 08/18/2011 - 12:48
Gynecomastia Surgery or Male Breast Reduction
We see numerous patients seeking male breast reduction every week. The cost of Male Breast reduction surgery is very affordable, and male breast surgery is becoming more popular than ever. Breast reduction for men offer one of the highest patient satisfaction rates we see. The freedom to feel great with a shirt off for the first time in years is making this one of the fastest growing fields of Cosmetic surgery in Florida.
Gynecomastia is the medical term for male breast enlargement. This can range from a small amount of extra tissue to a female looking breast.
Gynecomastia can make it embarrassing to wear a tight shirt or to take your shirt off at the beach or in intimate situations. Since there is both breast tissue and fat, losing weight doesn’t solve the problem.
The good news is that in most situations, male breast reduction surgery can give you a chest you can feel good about. Most of the time, gynecomastia is “idiopathic” (meaning we don’t know the cause), and surgery will remove the breast tissue and correct the problem without any need for medical treatment.
About 15% of the time, though, there is a medical cause (like hormonal imbalance, a medication side effect, a genetic condition, or marijuana use) and surgery alone is not the answer for your Male breast reduction. It is important to see your family doctor before coming to see me in case you are in that 15% of males who need medical treatment to remove the cause of breast enlargement.
Techniques for male breast reduction:
In all plastic surgery, you trade getting the shape you want for putting up with scars. If you have a small chest with pretty tight skin, the incisions will be small and the recovery pretty quick after male breast surgery.
If you have large, sagging breasts, there will be more incisions and a longer recovery after your male breast surgery. At your consultation, I’ll evaluate your anatomy and expectations and come up with a personalized approach that will give you the shape you want with an amount of scarring that you’re comfortable with.
Type I Male breast reduction– a small amount of fat
Type II Male breast reduction– firm tissue in addition to fat
Type III Male breast reduction– extra tissue as well as loose skin
Type I – Male Breast Reduction Treated with Liposuction
If you have a small amount of fat and no firm breast tissue or sagging skin, liposuction alone may work for you. You can use twilight anesthesia (when you’re asleep but breathing on your own) or general anesthesia (with a breathing tube).
I inject a fluid that numbs the chest and controls bleeding during male breast surgery. Then, the fat is suctioned out through small incisions, hidden in a crease in the armpit and/or at the bottom of the chest. You go home the same day wearing a garment to help prevent swelling and to prevent a fluid collection under the skin.
Some pink tinged fluid will leak out of the incisions for about a day or so, and you’ll probably be sore for about a week. You will need about 2-4 days off work if you have a low physical activity job, longer if your job is more strenuous. The incisions may stay red or raised for a few months but will eventually (in 1 or 2 years) heal to an almost imperceptible line.
Type II – Male Breast Reduction Treated with Excision of Tissue
This is often the more common male breast surgery for ex- bodybuilders, or heavy longterm users of marijuana. If you feel firm tissue deep to your nipple and areola when you pinch your chest, then there is more breast gland tissue than fatty tissue, and liposuction alone will probably not give you the result you want.
To get the best result from your male breast reduction, a small incision is made around the bottom edge of your areola (the dark circle around the nipple). The breast tissue is directly cut out, and then liposuction is used to help remove fat and feather the contour around the area that was excised.
Everything in the Type I Male breast reduction section applies, but you will also have a small drain tube in place to help remove extra fluid the body produces after surgery (this will stay from 2-10 days after surgery depending on how much is coming out). You’ll need about 3-5 days off a low physical activity job and about two weeks off strenuous activity like exercise. The scars here tend to heal well and are barely noticeable since they are in an area of natural color change on your body.
Type III – Male Breast Surgery Treated with Excision of Tissue and Extra Skin
This is the most common male breast reduction surgery after massive weight loss. If you have sagging skin with stretch marks or if your chest is large enough that there will be excess skin after the tissue is removed, then you may need to consider skin excision.
In order to remove extra skin, scars need to be placed on the front of the chest. This is often only in the area around the areola, but sometimes incisions are needed on the front of the chest in order to remove enough skin.
Just like in Type II Male breast reduction treatment, you will have drains after surgery. You’ll need about a week off work (longer if your job is more physical) and you’ll need to limit your activity for 2-4 weeks after surgery. The scars usually heal well but are not as easily hidden as in Type I or II treatment.
Risks of Breast reduction for men
- Unfavorable scarring from Male breast reduction
- Bleeding (hematoma) - may require drainage or surgery to stop the bleeding
- Fluid collection (seroma) - may require drainage in the office or operating room
- Infection – you may require antibiotics, admission to the hospital, or surgery
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation - may be temporary or permanent
- Chest contour irregularities Potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola.
Cost of Male breast reduction
The cost of male breast reduction can depend on many factors including whether or not skin is excised or if only liposuction is necessary. The first typical cost of male breast reduction is anesthesia, which can run about $400-$800. The second cost of Male breast reduction is a facility fee, which can range from $1000-$2000. The last cost of male breast reduction is the surgeons fee, which can also range from $1500-$2500.