Many men suffer from the over-development of male breast tissue, also known as gynecomastia. Caused by a variety of factors including genetics, obesity, steroid use, marijuana use, metabolic disorders or certain medications, gynecomastia can occur in any individual at any stage in life. In the vast majority of these cases, the excess tissue fails to respond to diet or exercise and continues to be a burden to the individual. The persistence of this fatty breast tissue can understandably lead to considerable displeasure in one’s appearance. As such, men are often insecure about their bodies and do not feel comfortable being seen without a shirt.
Fortunately, male breast reduction, also known as gynecomastia surgery, can help. In this procedure, Dr. Song will surgically remove any excess breast or fatty tissue from the chest, giving you a firmer, more toned look. With this procedure, you will be well on your way towards feeling more confident and secure with your body.
If you are considering gynecomastia surgery, please schedule a consultation with our surgeons. Dr. Song will work closely with you to develop a surgical plan that suits your needs and goals.
Gynecomastia surgery is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Occasionally, the over-developed breast is due to an abnormal growth of fatty tissue. In this case, the issue is best treated with liposuction. In the majority of cases, however, the breast growth is due to abnormal growth of fibrous glandular tissue and is only remedied by direct excision. The incision will be made precisely along the areolar border (the junction of dark and light skin) of the nipple, and the excess glandular tissue, fat and skin are removed. Temporary surgical drains are routinely used when tissue is directly excised.
Post-operative discomfort is relatively minimal and is well tolerated with oral pain medicine. If surgical drains are used, they are usually removed in clinic at the end of the first week. Your surgeon will likely recommend that you wear an elastic pressure garment for three weeks after surgery to minimize fluid accumulation and to promote proper healing.
You will be able to return to work and resume normal daily activities within a few days of surgery. You will be able to return to the gym after two weeks, but advised to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting until about three weeks.