What is Male Breast Reduction?

Male breast reduction is a procedure done to reduce breast size in men who are affected by gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is a condition in which males develop enlarged breasts, and can occur at any age. This condition can cause many men to feel embarrassed and lack self-confidence, affecting the overall quality of life.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Males who are living with gynecomastia who wish to flatten and enhance the contours of their chest can benefit from this procedure. Men should be healthy, non-smokers to be considered for this procedure. A consultation with Dr. Howland can help to decide if you are a good candidate for male breast reduction.

What to Expect

Male breast reduction surgery can be done using several techniques. In the case that fatty tissue rather than breast tissue is the cause for enlarged breasts, liposuction combined with glandular excision can be used. In the case the glandular tissue is the cause for large breasts, excision alone can be used to flatten the chest. The best course of treatment will be determined based on your individual anatomy and desired results.

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Results

Following male breast reduction, bandages and compression garments will be worn. Pain, swelling, and bruising may occur, which can be treated with pain medication. Patients should avoid lifting their arms above their heads during recovery. The exact amount of recovery time will differ from patient to patient, though strenuous activity should be avoided for two to three weeks after surgery. It is vital to follow Dr. Howland’s post-op instruction for a safe and quick recovery.

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FAQ

How much does a male breast reduction cost?

The overall cost for a male breast reduction surgery changes for each patient. It is dependent on multiple factors. Dr. Howland will provide an estimated cost at the time of your consultation.

What is a male breast reduction called?

A male breast reduction is also known as gynecomastia surgery. This is because gynecomastia is the condition where men of overdeveloped or enlarged breasts.

Can you get rid of gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia during puberty is relatively common and will go away without treatment. For older men experiencing this condition, surgical intervention is typically needed.

Can guys develop breasts?

Men can develop excess breast tissue as a result of a condition called gynecomastia. They may also have the appearance of breasts due to being overweight or side effects from drugs.

Can you get rid of gynecomastia without surgery?

True gynecomastia must be treated with surgery. The appearance of breasts due to being overweight, side effects from drugs, or temporary hormone fluctuation during puberty may be resolved without surgery.

Can gynecomastia be cured without surgery?

Surgery is the only option for patients who suffer from true gynecomastia. Your doctor may also suggest treatment options like hormone therapy in addition to surgery.

Can you reduce breast size without surgery?

Losing weight may reduce breast size by reducing the amount of fat in the area. However, excess breast tissue can only be reduced through surgery.

Can gynecomastia grow back after surgery?

In a majority of cases, gynecomastia surgery results are permanent. However, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep up these results long-term.

Do you lose weight after breast reduction?

Breast reduction does result in some weight loss, however, this is not the primary goal of the procedure.

Can thyroid problems cause gynecomastia?

Thyroid problems may cause a hormonal imbalance that can lead to gynecomastia.

Does a breast reduction make you look thinner?

A breast reduction can create a thinner or more balanced and proportionate appearance.

Does gynecomastia come after surgery?

Gynecomastia should not return following a male breast reduction procedure.

How can you tell the difference between gynecomastia and Pseudogynecomastia?

Pseudogynecomastia is caused by excess fat rather than excess breast tissue. If the condition is resolved with exercise and a healthy diet, it was pseudogynecomastia. A doctor can also help you determine the difference.

Does gynecomastia go away with weight loss?

Gynecomastia will not subside with weight loss.

How do I know if I have gynecomastia?

The appearance of excess breast tissue in men is known as gynecomastia. It can be caused by genetics, health issues that result in hormonal imbalance, or other factors.

Does gynecomastia surgery leave scars?

Gynecomastia surgery may result in minimal scarring. Usually, these scars can be concealed within the natural contours of the areolae or the chest fold.

How do I know if I need a breast reduction?

Excess breast tissue in men that does not subside with weight loss can only be treated with a breast reduction surgery. If you suffer from self-esteem issues as a result of your gynecomastia, surgery is a good option.

How can gynecomastia be prevented?

In some cases, gynecomastia can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle and avoiding drug use. Some patients, however, may have unpreventable gynecomastia due to genetic factors.

How do you shower after gynecomastia surgery?

After your gynecomastia surgery, it is important not to submerge the incisions until they heal. As a result, it is often recommended to bathe using a sponge to gently clean the area.

How long do you have to wear a compression garment after gynecomastia?

Most patients should wear a compression garment for four weeks after their gynecomastia surgery. Dr. Howland will give you specific instructions regarding your compression garments.

Is gynaecomastia surgery painful?

Gynecomastia surgery is performed under general anesthesia, so the procedure is not painful. After your surgery, you will be given pain medication to keep you comfortable.

How long does it take to recover from male breast reduction?

Gynecomastia surgery recovery takes about 1-2 weeks to complete.

Is it worth getting a breast reduction?

A male breast reduction can greatly improve your confidence, and most patients are happy with their decision to pursue surgery.

How long till swelling goes down after gynecomastia surgery?

A majority of swelling should subside about two weeks after gynecomastia surgery, but some swelling will persist for about 4-6 weeks.

What causes gynecomastia in males?

Gynecomastia may be caused by hormone imbalance, side effects of medication, drug use, or health conditions such as hyperthyroidism.

What is the best treatment for gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia surgery is the best treatment option. The procedure permanently reduces breast tissue and restores a masculine chest contour.

When should I start massaging after gynecomastia surgery?

Gentle massage can help reduce scar tissue after surgery. You should not attempt to massage incisions until at least three weeks after your procedure.