What is gynecomastia? It’s an excess of fatty and/or glandular tissue in a male’s breasts that cause him to have the outward appearance of female breasts. Men with gynecomastia often struggle emotionally because of this condition. Many of our patients have told us that they avoid social situations that require them to remove their shirt such as swimming, sports participation, and intimacy because they are embarrassed. Gynecomastia is common at any age and often develops during puberty. It can be the result of medications, hormonal changes/imbalances, disease, or even heredity. It can develop in one or both breasts.
Gynecomastia reduction surgery is performed on an outpatient basis so you’ll be able to go home the same day. There is no need for a hospital stay. Drains will be placed during surgery that will allow excess fluid to collect outside the body. These drains are removed after a few days time. The recovery is approximately three weeks. During this time, men are asked to limit physical activity to allow their bodies time to heal so that they can get the best results possible. As long as you are at a reasonable weight, do not have major medical problems, and have realistic expectations, and your breast development has stabilized then you are a candidate for gynecomastia reduction surgery. Your final results will be permanent as long as you maintain your weight and do not use certain steroids or prescription medications known to cause gynecomastia.
Whether you schedule a consultation with our office or another plastic surgeon, always be sure that your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is qualified to perform surgeries in accredited or state-licensed medical facilities.