Male Breast Reduction
Gynecomastia is a common condition affecting many boys and men. The tissues of the breast swell either due to a hormone imbalance, weight gain, genetics, a medical condition or from taking certain drugs like anabolic steroids. Approximately 30-40% of teenage boys develop some degree of “breasts” during puberty, but most outgrow them as their testosterone and estrogen levels even out. Although not life threatening, gynecomastia can be embarrassing, adversely affecting men’s self esteem, mental health, and sometimes even social functioning. During your initial consultation, Dr. Fisher will examine your breasts to determine the right treatment for you. In certain cases, gynecomastia can be treated with medications such as tamoxifen. For others a male breast reduction surgery is necessary.
If the swelling is in the fatty tissue, your surgeon may recommend liposuction to remove the excess fat. However, if the swelling is in the denser glandular tissue of the breast, male breast reduction surgery will be necessary.
During your procedure, Dr. Fisher will place incisions around your nipple, in the chest wall and/or underneath the armpit. The size and extent of the incision and subsequent scar will depend on the amount of tissue to be removed.
The surgery takes about two hours, and you can go home the same day. You will need to wear a compression garment for two weeks, but should be able to return to work within a week. Since men tend to bruise more easily than women, you can expect bruising and swelling in the area, but it should subside within three to four weeks.
To find out more about male breast reduction surgery, call our office to schedule a consultation.