Doctor’s Thoughts on Gynecomastia Surgery
At Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, we strive to understand your unique concerns and goals to find the right treatment plan for you. When it comes to a surgical procedure like gynecomastia surgery, we will be honest about the pros and cons of this treatment option. For many, the significant results of a male breast reduction can offer life-changing improvements to the body and confidence. We’ve helped hundreds of patients achieve long-lasting results from their gynecomastia surgery to achieve a toned, masculine chest. As board-certified surgeons, we aim to deliver the best care, from consultation to post-op. To get started on your procedure or to learn more about your options, contact our office and schedule your consultation.
Gynecomastia is a common condition among men, resulting in enlarged breast tissue. Gynecomastia surgery, also known as the male breast reduction, is a surgical procedure to address this condition, removing excess skin, tissue, and fat to help men achieve a flat chest contour.
Men who are bothered by the presence of enlarged breast tissue can benefit from gynecomastia surgery. The condition can exist in varying degrees and comes with the following concerns:
- Puffy nipples
- Excess skin and tissue
- The appearance of male breasts
- Stubborn fat in the chest area
- Self-consciousness wearing tight clothing or going shirtless
Gynecomastia can be present at almost any age, and will sometimes go away on its own after puberty. However, if gynecomastia worsens with age and does not improve with a healthy diet and regular exercise, you may benefit from the male breast reduction procedure. In order to be a successful candidate, you should be within your ideal weight range. If gynecomastia is caused by smoking, drug use, or steroids, you may not be a candidate for gynecomastia surgery.
There are two main techniques that Dr. Nichter and Dr. Horowitz may use during your gynecomastia procedure including:
If stubborn fat is the main cause of your gynecomastia, liposuction techniques can be used to sculpt the chest. During liposuction, tiny incisions are made within the contours of the chest where a cannula can be inserted and used to break up and remove stubborn fat cells. With liposuction, the chest muscles can also be sculpted to appear more defined.
Surgical excision is used when the breast tissue itself is enlarged. During this technique, an incision may be placed around the areola, under the breast crease, or within the underarm. Excess tissue and skin can then be surgically removed and tightened to create a flat chest.
In more severe cases, a combination of these techniques can be used for optimal improvements. The size and shape of the areola can also be addressed during the procedure.
After gynecomastia surgery, you will be asked to wear a surgical garment for several weeks to assist healing and support your newly contoured chest. Most patients can return to work after a few days, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for 4-6 weeks. Some swelling, bruising, and general discomfort can be expected during the first week, but this can be managed with pain medication and an ice pack.
It can take several weeks for lingering swelling to diminish after gynecomastia surgery, so it’s important to be patient with your results. Once swelling goes down, you can enjoy a flatter, more toned chest contour. Patients report feeling more confident wearing tight shirts or going shirtless.
To learn more about your gynecomastia surgery at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, contact our office and schedule your consultation. Dr. Nichter and Dr. Horowitz are experts in procedures for men like gynecomastia surgery and can help you choose the right techniques for your concerns and goals.