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
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 insurances policy on gynecomastia to see exactly what they require to qualify for surgery.
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.
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.
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 a prescription medication or over-the-counter pain reliever.