Excessive breast development in males is called gynecomastia. This condition may occur in men due to a variety of causes such as weight gain, use of certain drugs like hormones or steroids, fatty tumors, genetic predisposition or hormonal imbalances. In many cases, the cause is not known. In cases where one breast is larger than the other, medical testing may be necessary prior to consideration of surgical treatment. If a mass is found, this must be addressed and may require imaging and biopsy for pathological evaluation. Treatment of gynecomastia involves stopping the use of the causative agent if possible, weight control and either conventional or laser assisted liposuction-liposculpture alone or direct excision supplemented with liposuction-liposculpture. If incisions are required, the scars are hidden in the breast folds and around the areola (darker skin around the nipple). The choice of technique depends on the size of the breast tissue, the assessment of the amount of fat versus actual breast tissue and the amount of breast droop.
Who is a candidate?
Men who have unwanted breast development, are healthy, want to improve their physique and have realistic expectations.
What are results can be expected?
- Less chest fat and breast tissue.
- Improved male physique.
- More self-confidence.
Male breast reduction is performed in our Jackson Heights, Queens, NY accredited outpatient surgical facility under local anesthesia with intravenous conscious sedation. Direct surgical excision of tissue may be required along with liposuction-liposculpture.
Recuperation and Healing
Discomfort is usually controlled with Tylenol and a special postoperative garment is worn for several weeks. The patient may be seen the next day or the second day for a follow-up visit. There will normally be postoperative tumescent fluid drainage for several days. Sutures are required following direct surgical procedures if necessary. The sutures resorb spontaneously. Light activity may be resumed in two days. Sports activities may be resumed in 4 weeks.