There are multiple causes of male breast enlargement including drugs, steroids and natural hormonal changes of puberty. Dr. Salzman will address the different types of enlargement with either liposuction or a combination of liposuction and excisional removal of breast tissue.
An enlarged male breast is caused by excess fat, excess glandular tissue or a combination of both. Common causes are excess weight during puberty, drugs like marijuana, some antidepressants and steroids.
Male Breast Reduction results in a flatter chest with a more masculine contour.
Excess breast tissue or fat can be removed with liposuction, excision or a combination of both. Excess skin can be excised. Gynecomastia is usually done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
Recuperation and Healing
You will go home several hours after Gynecomastia surgery to be cared for by a friend or relative. A compressive vest or chest wrapping is usually indicated for a week or two after surgery to help reduce swelling. Sutures are hidden under the skin and dissolve on their own in several weeks. Initial soreness lasts a few days and is controlled by oral analgesics. Swelling and bruising will resolve over a 10 day to 2 week period of time.
The specific risks and the suitability of Male Breast Reduction for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.