Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)
What Is Gynecomastia Surgery?
Some men may develop enlarged breasts, which is known as gynecomastia. This condition can occur at any age and possibly be due to obesity, heredity, or hormonal changes. It is often characterized by an excess of localized fat or glandular tissue, sometimes present in one or both breasts.
This condition may be uncomfortable and unwanted by those who have it. In this case, the solution may be gynecomastia surgery, which is the removal of this enlargement. The procedure is designed to remove the excess fat and tissue to create a flatter, more defined chest.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Men who experience symptoms of gynecomastia and want to have it removed are ideal candidates for this procedure. Those who are healthy, at a stable weight, and whose breast development has stabilized will be a good fit for gynecomastia surgery. Dr. Fichadia will help you to determine if you qualify for this procedure and which methods will need to be used during the surgery.
Details of the Procedure
During gynecomastia surgery, it may be necessary to use liposuction, surgical excision, or a combination of both. The extent of your surgery will depend on what needs to be removed in order to successfully be completed. Liposuction is used to remove the excess fat, while those with extra glandular tissue will need a surgical excision performed to have it safely removed.
Results and Recovery
The time it takes to recover after a gynecomastia surgery will depend on how extensive the surgery needs to be. For those who only require liposuction, it will take about a week or less to return to daily activities. If your surgery requires a surgical excision to remove breast tissue, then it may take around two weeks or more to resume your daily routine.
The results of gynecomastia surgery will be noticeable immediately following the procedure. However, the final effects won’t be noticeable until after the swelling subsides. You will be fitted with a compression garment to help manage the swelling as you recover. At around three months the results of your surgery should be stabilized. In order to keep the effects of the surgery permanent, it’s important to maintain stable body weight.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re interested in gynecomastia surgery and want to learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Fichadia today. To make an appointment, call our Portland office at 503-488-2344 or fill out an online form.