Recovery: 1 week
What is a Male Breast Reduction?
Male breast development, also known as gynecomastia, is a condition that affects many men. Gynecomastia surgery to reduce male breast development is a very popular procedure. The result is a better contoured, more masculine chest.
Male breast reduction is a procedure which removes fat and glandular tissue from the chest which results in a tighter, flatter chest. Surgery involves removing the glandular tissue through an incision partially around the nipple. Liposuction may be used in conjunction with excision to contour the surrounding fatty tissue to achieve an ideal result.
What can a male breast reduction do for me?
- My gynecomastia is making me self-conscious
- I have enlarged nipples
- I lost weight and have excess skin & tissue in my chest area.
Who is a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction?
Candidates for male breast reduction are those who suffer from gynecomastia, including enlarged nipples or breast tissue, and wish to improve the appearance of their chest. Gynecomastia can affect men at different stages in their lives. Candidates for male breast reduction surgery should be healthy individuals and within their ideal weight range. Patients should also not be taking any hormonal medication that could be causing enlarged breast tissue.
Male Breast Reduction FAQs
Will insurance pay for a male breast reduction?
Each insurance company is unique, so it is best to check with yours to determine if your procedure will be covered. In rare instances, insurance may cover gynecomastia correction if it is considered a medical condition. The best course of action is to get a copy of your insurance policy on gynecomastia to see exactly what they require to qualify for surgery.
Is male breast reduction surgery medically necessary?
In general, insurance requires that the gynecomastia has lasted for 2 years, is associated with significant pain, is not caused by medication or other drugs, and hormonal causes have been ruled out. A mammogram or ultrasound may be required. If considered medically necessary, your insurance may help cover your procedure.
When can I begin to workout post-surgery?
The male breast reduction recovery process is fairly quick, and you should be able to get back to your normal, daily routine within a week. Exercises can also be resumed as long as it does not require strenuous use of the chest area. More strenuous activity should wait for several weeks, depending on the techniques that were used during your procedure.
Is gynaecomastia surgery painful?
Gynecomastia surgery is performed using general anesthesia or sedation to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. During recovery, you can expect some degree of discomfort, depending on whether you have liposuction alone or combined with surgical excision. Any discomfort is easily manageable with prescription medication or over-the-counter pain relievers.
Can guys develop breasts?
Men can develop enlarged breasts for a number of reasons. This condition is called gynecomastia.
Can gynecomastia be cured without surgery?
Gynecomastia can sometimes be treated with lifestyle changes or by simply waiting for hormone changes. In cases where it doesnt respond to these methods, gynecomastia surgery can be effective.
Can gynecomastia grow back after surgery?
Weight fluctuations, medications, or certain lifestyle choices can cause gynecomastia to reoccur after surgery. For this reason, its important to understand the causes of your gynecomastia so you can avoid them.
Can thyroid problems cause gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia can sometimes be caused by hormone imbalances. For this reason, its a common occurrence during puberty.
Does gynecomastia go away with weight loss?
Gynecomastia can sometimes be caused by weight gain, meaning losing weight can help lessen its appearance.
How long do you have to wear a compression garment after gynecomastia?
Its best to wear your compression garment as much as possible for the first 4 weeks after surgery. During your follow-up appointment, your board-certified plastic surgeon can indicate when its appropriate to stop wearing it.
Does gynecomastia come after surgery?
Gynecomastia can return after surgery if the underlying causes arent addressed. For this reason, its important to explore possible causes during your consultation.
How long does it take to recover from male breast reduction?
Most men require 1-2 weeks of recovery after breast reduction. However, if you work a more labor-intensive job, you may need to give yourself longer to recover.
Does gynecomastia surgery leave scars?
Every surgery produces scarring, but your plastic surgeon can place your incisions within the natural contours of your chest so they are less noticeable if they dont fade completely.
How long till swelling goes down after gynecomastia surgery?
It can take 1-2 weeks for most swelling to subside after gynecomastia surgery. However, it may take longer for residual swelling to go away.
How can gynecomastia be prevented?
In some cases, gynecomastia cant be prevented. However, you may be able to find results by living an active, healthy lifestyle and avoiding drug use. Certain medications can also cause gynecomastia so consult your regular physician to explore your alternatives.
When should I start massaging after gynecomastia surgery?
Its best to wait until your incisions are fully healed, or about 3 weeks. Your plastic surgeon can give you the best indication of when to begin massaging.
Can you get rid of gynecomastia without surgery?
Certain types of gynecomastia can be gotten rid of by adjusting your lifestyle or medications. Some types will also subside on their own with patience. Your plastic surgeon can help you determine your next steps in treatment if youre considering surgery.
How can you tell the difference between gynecomastia and Pseudogynecomastia?
Generally, you can tell the difference between gynecomastia and pseudogynecomastia by feeling the breast. If theres a firmer mass underneath it, its typically breast tissue and thus gynecomastia. If it feels like fatty tissue, its likely pseudogynecomastia.
How do I know if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is caused by the growth of breast tissue in men who are otherwise at a healthy weight. You may have pseudogynecomastia if your breasts are simply caused by fatty tissue.