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What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a common condition that causes enlarged breasts in men, usually due to a hormone imbalance, puberty, aging, medications, and certain health conditions.

Males who feel uncomfortable revealing their chest contours, clothed or unclothed due to their gynecomastia are often good candidate. This procedure can help to boost self-confidence, as well as improve physical comfort for a better quality of life. The best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is through a consultation with Dr. Shienbaum.

 

Male Breast Reduction Treatment

The goal of gynecomastia surgery is to reduce the breast size in men with overly large breasts. When it comes to reduction methods, there are three main techniques used today, including liposuction, excision, and a combined approach.

Treatment Options

Liposuction- Can be used alone if fatty tissue is the main cause of your Gynecomastia. Liposuction involves placing a small cannula through incisions in the treatment area, which then suck out unwanted fat cells.

Excision- Is used alone if glandular tissue is the main cause of your Gynecomastia. Excision involves cutting out the excess glandular tissue to remove it for good.

Combination Approach- In some cases, a combination approach is needed that involves both liposuction and excision techniques to treat Gynecomastia.

The treatment technique that is right for you will depend on your individual Gynecomastia case and can be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Shienbaum.

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Gynecomastia Recovery

Following your Gynecomastia procedure, you will be bandaged and will need to wear a compression garment to help support your new chest contours and reduce swelling. For the first three days post-op, you must be at full rest at home. Be sure to avoid vigorous shoulder movements for the first few days, as this could negatively affect results.

 

The overall recovery for your Gynecomastia surgery depends on how severe your condition is and the extent of your procedure. The average patient is usually back to work after a week, however, this may vary depending on the type of work you do.

 

How long will my Male Breast Reduction procedure results last?

Gynecomastia surgical results are permanent, as long as your weight is stable. If your condition arose from the use of medication or anabolic steroids, future use would lead to recurrence.

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What is the cost of Gynecomastia surgery?

The cost of Gynecomastia surgery may vary greatly depending on the severity of your condition and the extent of treatment needed. Pricing can be discussed during your consultation appointment.

How do I know if I need Gynecomastia surgery?

When considering Gynecomastia surgery, the main thing to consider is how much the condition bothers you. If you are too embarrassed to take your shirt off at the beach, do not like wearing form-fitting clothing because it clings to your chests, or are feeling self-conscious due to your condition, you may be a good candidate for this procedure.

Can I have other procedures done along with my Gynecomastia procedure?

Yes, it is safe to undergo other cosmetic procedure along with Gynecomastia surgery. The most common includes liposuction, which can help to slim the stomach and eliminate love handles.

Can I have Gynecomastia surgery if I am overweight?

It is recommended that patients be at a healthy weight before undergoing any form of plastic surgery procedure. However, if you are near your goal weight you should be a good candidate. It is recommended that patients do not lose great amounts of weight after the procedure, as it could negatively impact the results.

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Gynecomastia FAQS

What causes gynecomastia in males?

Gynecomastia is caused by a hormone imbalance, which may be due to genetic factors, or medications.

Can gynecomastia be treated non-surgically?

If gynecomastia is caused by being overweight, losing weight through dieting and exercise can be a solution. If you are not overweight, surgery is the only solution for gynecomastia.

Are gynecomastia results permanent?

It is possible, but not likely, for gynecomastia to return after surgery. This only occurs in a very small number of patients, and is usually caused by excessive weight gain or medication use.

Can gynecomastia be repeated?

If you are unhappy with the results of a previous gynecomastia surgery, you may repeat the procedure. Be sure to discuss your history with Dr. Shienbaum during the consultation.

Can guys develop breasts?

Yes. Gynecomastia is an increase in the amount of breast gland tissue in boys or men, caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. Gynecomastia can affect one or both breasts, sometimes unevenly.

Can gynecomastia be cured without surgery?

A healthy diet can help you keep your ideal weight and live a long life. But if you’re wondering if there is a gynecomastia treatment without surgery, the full answer is only a surgery can remove your gynecomastia.

Can gynecomastia grow back after surgery?

Generally gynecomastia surgery will take care of the problem permanently. Weight gain, steroids, hormones, or other factors could contribute to a recurrence of gynecomastia.

Can thyroid problems cause gynecomastia?

Hyperthyroidism can cause gynecomastia indirectly by changing the ratio of estrogen to testosterone.

Does gynecomastia go away with weight loss?

If someone is very overweight with gynecomastia consisting of just soft fat tissue in the chest region, it is possible to lose this with just regular weight loss via diet and exercise. However, hard breast tissue will not go away with normal weight loss, at least not completely.

Does gynecomastia surgery leave scars?

Depending on the techniques used, surgery for gynecomastia leaves scars which are in different places, and they may be more or less visible or acceptable to the man.

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

Compression garments post Gynecomastia Surgery are worn for about 6 weeks. By this time the edema settles and also the skin starts to shrink. Sometimes you may need to wear it for a little longer than stipulated. Speak with your plastic surgeon in regards to how long you should wear your compression garment.

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

Full recovery is about 6 weeks to get back to full activities, depending on the patient.

How long till swelling goes down after gynecomastia surgery?

After gynecomastia surgery, bruising and swelling are normal and usually increase slightly after the removal of any tape or foam. The bruising will decrease over 3-4 weeks, but may last as long as 6 weeks. The majority of the swelling will be gone within the first 3-4 weeks.

When should I start massaging after gynecomastia surgery?

Wait until six to eight weeks after surgery before you began to massage the area. Prior to that, it may actually cause swelling. Consult with your plastic surgeon prior to doing so.