There are multiple causes of male breast enlargement (also called gynecomastia), including drugs, steroids, and natural hormonal changes with 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, as well as drugs like marijuana, certain 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 surgery 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 between 10 to 14 days after treatment.
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.