Usually starting in puberty, males can suffer from a condition known as gynecomastia, which is the presence of excessive breast tissue. This can cause the male to have large, feminine-looking breasts. Even with diet, exercise, and prescription medications, the breasts can remain. When other solutions have failed, the Aesthetic Center of Gainesville can expertly apply male breast reduction surgery. The board-certified plastic surgeons will remove excessive breast tissue, usually through liposuction. The patient will then be left with a more masculine, sculpted chest.
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Breast reduction surgery for men is performed through surgical excision of breast tissue, sometimes in conjunction with breast liposuction. Some men with milder cases of gynecomastia may only require liposuction to attain good results. This is performed to remove the fatty tissue residing under the skin. During this approach, a small incision is made around the areola (intra-areolar). This allows access for a suction device to move through the chest and remove fat and tissue. In severe gynecomastia cases, an en bloc resection of excessive breast tissue and tightening of loose skin may be necessary. This includes nipple grafting and may require a staged surgery.
All male breast reduction procedures are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure at an accredited surgical facility. The surgery typically lasts about an hour. Following surgery, there will be some swelling, and a compression garment should be worn for 1-2 weeks. Most patients are able to resume normal work schedules within a few days, and incorporate exercise within 4 weeks. This surgery allows men to feel more confident when exposing their chest due to a firmer, flatter chest. In most cases, scarring is inconspicuous.
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Male Breast Reduction FAQs
Will This Help my Pecs?
Every man is born with some soft tissue covering his pectoralis muscles. When this breast tissue overgrows into larger breasts, the pecs are often hidden. Through male breast reduction surgery, the excessive tissue is removed so the natural contour and shape of the chest wall can be seen. Men who wish to tone and strengthen their chest muscles will have equal opportunity to do so. Strength training will help lead to optimal results once this tissue has been removed.
Is Liposuction Always Needed?
In most cases, yes. The soft tissue and fat that collects in excess will need to be removed using liposuction. There are many liposuction techniques to consider. Some are less invasive and can help the skin become tighter on the chest wall. These methods can be discussed during your consultation.
What About Scarring?
Incisions for this surgery are well concealed. They are usually placed around or near the areola and are typically small enough that scarring is minimized. Over time, the incision lines will fade and become almost nonexistent for most men.
Sculpt Your Chest and Life
If you're a male with feminine-looking breasts, now is the time to inquire about male breast reduction surgery to treat your gynecomastia. Our compassionate staff will be here for you every step of the way. Call us today to schedule a consultation.