Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)
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.
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.
Before & After
Gynecomastia Case 1
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.
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.
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.
Can gynecomastia be cured without surgery?
For some patients, gynecomastia may go away without surgery. This depends on the cause of the gynecomastia. For example, patients who have gynecomastia during puberty often see the condition subside as their hormone levels stabilize over time.
Does gynecomastia go away with weight loss?
For some patients, gynecomastia does go away with weight loss. For others, enlarged breasts are due to excess glandular tissue that does not subside with weight loss, meaning that surgery is required.
How long does it take to recover from male breast reduction?
On average, recovery from male breast reduction surgery takes 1-2 weeks. After this time, patients can return to everyday routines including work or school, but should still avoid strenuous activity.
What is the best treatment for gynecomastia?
The most effective treatment option for gynecomastia is surgery. For some patients, hormone replacement therapy or weight loss may also help reduce the appearance of gynecomastia.
What causes gynecomastia in males?
Gynecomastia may be caused by several factors. Typically, hormone imbalance, side effects from drugs, or weight gain cause gynecomastia.