Male Breast Reduction Houston
Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
Gynecomastia is a medical condition that occurs in males and causes the breasts to grow abnormally large. The cause of this increase in breast size is the overproduction of glandular tissue and fatty tissue in the male chest as a result of genetic factors, obesity, changes in hormone levels, various medications, recreational drugs, certain diseases, and other unknown factors.
Because of its many potential causes, gynecomastia can occur in males of all ages. Male children undergoing puberty may experience an increase in breast size due to rapid and sudden changes in their hormone levels, but the issue usually subsides over time. In adult men, the condition may remain unless treated through surgery. This increase in tissue can also stretch out the skin that covers the breasts and cause the skin to sag, which only adds to the issue.
The Surgical Procedure
Male breast reduction can be performed on patients who suffer from gynecomastia in order to reduce the size of the breasts and create a flatter and more masculine-looking chest. During the male breast reduction procedure, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Donna Rich will reduce the size of the breasts by surgically removing any excess glandular tissue and excess loose skin in the area. If there is any excess fat in the breasts, Dr. Rich will remove it through liposuction in order to create a flat chest surface.
The procedure is recommended for men who have excessively large breasts or have excess or sagging tissue in their chest area after losing a large amount of weight. Some men may have noticeably large breasts but may not suffer from gynecomastia. The cause of the issue in these cases is only excess fat. This issue is known as pseudogynecomastia. For these patients, the surgical excision of tissue may not be required. Liposuction is performed to reduce the amount of fat in the area. If the breast skin has loss a significant amount of its elasticity, Dr. Rich may surgically remove the skin in order to attain a flatter chest with taut skin.
During your consultation with Dr. Rich, your medical history and current medical state will be thoroughly evaluated to ensure that you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure. Dr. Rich will examine your breasts to determine the correct course of action for your procedure. If the breasts feel firm, it indicates that excess glandular tissue is present. If the issue is excess fat, the breasts will feel softer.
Dr. Rich will discuss your incision location options with you so you have control over your aesthetic results. She will also inform you of the necessary steps that you will need to take before the surgery and during your recovery to ensure ideal results.
The male breast reduction procedure is performed under general anesthesia. The surgery can last between three to four hours, depending on the amount of work needed to satisfy the aesthetic needs of the patient.
What to Expect After Surgery
Immediately after surgery, the incision will be closed and stitched in place. The patient will be put into a compression vest or chest wrapping to help reduce and manage swelling during the recovery period. It is recommended that you use the compression vest or chest wrapping for a week or two following the procedure. Patients may have pain and nausea for 24 hours after surgery. They will be given a prescription for pain medication before surgery.
Due to the use of general anesthesia, it is required that you arrange for a driver to escort you back home once the procedure is complete. Normal daily activities can be resumed immediately, but patients who required a large amount of correction may need to take two to three days off before returning to work. Light exercise, like walking, may be resumed after two weeks. After about three weeks, most patients are able to resume more strenuous activities.
Patients must remember that before they see the improvement they are expecting, they will go through a standard post-operative period of swelling and bruising. Most of these issues will subside within the first two weeks. If anything abnormal or concerning occurs, make sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rich so she can diagnose the issue.
If you should have any other questions about this surgery, please call the office at (281) 286-1000.
Male Breast Reduction FAQ
Do I Need to Have Surgery for Gynecomastia?
If the issue is a result of the accumulation of excess fat, other options such as dieting and exercising may prove to be effective. With true gynecomastia, however, there is also the presence of excess glandular breast tissue. Once you have worked to change any lifestyle factors that may be causing this problem, if the excess tissue is still there, it likely must be excised through surgery.
Will There Be Scars on My Chest After Male Breast Reduction?
Incisions will need to be made in order to perform male breast reduction. However, extreme precision is used when making these so that they follow the natural creases of the chest and are as small as possible. This will ensure that any post-surgical marks are barely visible so that your results look as natural as possible.
Are My Male Breast-Reduction Results Permanent?
The chances of gynecomastia reoccurring after being surgically treated are very low. In cases where it does reoccur, factors such as anabolic steroid use appeared to be the cause. Results can also be jeopardized by weight gain, so it is best to maintain a stable weight after male breast reduction.
When Can I Shower Following Male Reduction Mammaplasty?
You need to wear the provided compression dressings during the initial days of recovery. After around two days, these garments can removed and you should be able to shower. Once you are done showering, you will always need to dry off properly before putting the compression garments back on.
What Kind of Anesthesia Is Used in the Procedure?
In most instances, general anesthesia is used for male breast reduction, since the procedure can involve removal of a large amount of tissue. However, there are certain situations where local anesthesia with IV sedation is used instead. The right type of anesthesia for your procedure will be decided on during your consultation.
When Can I Go Back to Work After Male Breast Reduction?
The exact amount of time off required before a patient can resume work varies from patient to patient based on the extent of their procedure. If your job does not require heavy lifting or strenuous activity, you can return to work after around three days of recovering.