Gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement, is a relatively common condition that occurs most frequently in adolescent boys. When seen in adolescents, gynecomastia frequently resolves on its own within a few years. When gynecomastia is present in adulthood it is less likely to resolve on its own. Certain medications and hormonal abnormalities can cause male gynecomastia, but the vast majority of cases have no discernible cause. Most men with this condition are very self-conscious and go to great lengths to hide it. Many are reluctant to go shirtless, feel uncomfortable at the gym, and tend to wear shirts that are too large. At The Plastic Surgery Center, we have several treatment options for gynecomastia, including liposuction, Smartlipo™, and male breast reduction procedures.
Do you want to learn more about the treatments for gynecomastia available at The Plastic Surgery Center? Contact our offices in Sarasota and Bradenton today for more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeff Scott!
WHAT IS MALE BREAST REDUCTION?
A male breast reduction is a same-day surgical procedure that removes excess breast tissue and fatty tissue from the chest area. Male breast reduction procedures can involve a combination of surgical removal of excess tissue and liposuction to remove the excess fatty tissue. Gynecomastia can be treated with liposuction or Smartlipo™ if the majority of the fullness is related to fatty tissue alone. However, in cases where a lot of firm, fibrous glandular tissue is present, direct surgical excision may be required. This can usually be performed using a small incision within the pigmented areola. For overweight men with this condition, we recommend losing excess weight before considering surgery.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY PERIOD
Total recovery time can vary from patient to patient. We typically recommend patients take at least seven to ten days away from work to allow your body to recover. A compression garment will be worn the first six weeks following a male breast reduction procedure. You should avoid strenuous activity, especially lifting, for the first four to six weeks after the procedure. It typically takes about three to six months for patients to fully heal and for the bruising and swelling to dissipate. At this point, the scars will have begun to shrink and fade, although it can take some patients up to a year to heal to a point where the scars to no longer be visible.
Are you interested in finding out if you are a candidate for the gynecomastia treatments offered at The Plastic Surgery Center? Contact our offices in Bradenton and Sarasota today for further information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott.