Gynecomastia, also known as a male breast reduction, surgically reduces the size of a male breast.
Breast reduction surgery for males can achieve a flatter, firmer, more masculine chest. It reduces unwanted fat and excess glandular tissue that can contribute to a larger breast for males.
These procedures are performed as an outpatient under general anesthesia for your comfort and safety. Generally, incisions are placed around the nipple areola. There may also be small incisions used for liposuction of the breasts in the breast crease or below the chest.
Your recovery will depend on the extent of your procedure. You can usually return to normal daily activities within 1-2 days and exercise and more strenuous activities in 2-4 weeks. You will be asked to wear a compression garment around your chest for approximately 6 weeks to help reduce swelling and fluid retention.
Dr. Bauer is happy to offer this procedure to interested patients. For more information on gynecomastia surgery, please read our FAQ below or contact our office in Little Rock, Arkansas to schedule a cosmetic consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Male Breast Surgery
What is gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a medical term for an excess amount of tissue in the breast area of the male body. Both men and women have glands in the breast, but for men, the glands are underdeveloped and small. In cases of gynecomastia, the glands become enlarged due to a variety of factors including hormonal problems, aging, obesity, certain diseases, genetics, and prolonged use of various medications or steroids. However, the cause of gynecomastia remains unknown for many men.
Gynecomastia can affect only one or both breasts, and it can happen to men ranging in age from adolescents to older adults.
How do you treat gynecomastia?
In some cases, gynecomastia can go away on its own. For example, as a teen’s hormone levels begin to correct themselves, it may take only about a year or more for gynecomastia to disappear.
Unfortunately for many men, gynecomastia persists. Certain medications and creams may help, but the most effective and permanent solution to this condition is male breast reduction surgery.
What is male breast reduction surgery?
Male breast reduction surgery is a procedure that aims to reduce excess breast tissue. By removing fatty tissue and tightening the skin, you can have a firmer, flatter, and more defined chest. This procedure does more than just improve the shape and proportion of your body—it can change the way you feel about yourself.
Who gets male breast reduction surgery?
As gynecomastia can affect adolescents and adults alike, we have treated patients of varying ages and backgrounds (Note: we recommend patients be 18 years or older). No one should feel embarrassed to seek treatment for this condition.
Men from all over have taken the first step to boosting their self esteem and building their confidence. Dr. Bauer and our team at Arkansas Plastic Surgery are discreet, understanding, and highly-skilled, so contact us today!
Am I a candidate for male breast reduction?
A good candidate for the male breast reduction procedure is a generally healthy person with persistent excess fat in the chest that they would like to remove.
For further confirmation of your candidacy for the procedure, we will look into your health condition and previous history of surgery. We will also speak with you about your aesthetic goals and expectations and whether or not they can be achieved.
Does male breast reduction leave scarring?
As with any outcome of surgery, there will be mild scarring. An experienced and skilled plastic surgeon will be able to conceal scarring and make it as inconspicuous as possible. For example, the small incisions can be made into the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple) or in the natural crease underneath the breast.
Your doctor will be able to discuss the length, pattern, and location of scars in your particular case during a consultation.
How much recovery downtime is needed for male breast reduction?
This is dependent upon the extent of your condition and procedure, but typically downtime will be about one to two days after which you can return to your normal routine. For more strenuous activities, like exercising, you will need to wait about two to four weeks.
Throughout recovery, you will be asked to wear a compression garment around your chest for six weeks to help reduce any bruising, swelling, or fluid retention. This garment will not get in the way of any daily activities.
Is it painful?
Pain after any surgical procedure is typical, but we will make sure you are as comfortable as possible. You may experience bruising and soreness around the treated areas. Your doctor may be able to provide you with a prescription for pain medication.
The pain associated with breast reduction is generally mild, and patients who follow the doctor's instructions will achieve faster and safer healing.
Will my health insurance cover this procedure?
In most cases, male breast reduction is considered a cosmetic procedure and not covered by insurance. However, some exceptions can be made in cases of gynecomastia where surgery is the only known remedy. This is not the standard and we encourage you to check with your insurance provider before seeking this procedure.