Breast enlargement in men is quite common and often a cause of concern and embarrassment. Men with this condition may avoid swimming and stay away from situations in which they have to remove their shirt.
Male breast reduction surgery is a procedure that has been designed to address the concerns of men who have large amounts of breast tissue as a result of weight gain, hormone fluctuations, genetics, health conditions, and medications. Known as gynecomastia, this condition is a common problem for men, from the teen years to the elderly. Men who suffer from gynecomastia are often uncomfortable swimming, taking their shirts off, running or participating in athletic activities. Excess breast tissue is often embarrassing for men.
Today, gynecomastia affects roughly half of all men at some point during their lives. Most of the time it resolves without treatment but in about 15%, gynecomastia remains present. It has many causes and is not always a cause for health concerns, but the presence of male breasts can lead to emotional, mental, and psychological strain, as well as physical discomfort. While some men achieve their desired results with liposuction alone, some find that both liposuction and tissue removal is necessary for a natural look. Rarely skin removal is needed.
A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Koenig's experience and gentle bedside manner help put patients at ease and build an uncommon level of trust. He meticulously customizes each procedure, and sculpts beautiful results that consistently exceed his patients' expectations.
Removing fatty tissue from the chest area can improve a man's self-confidence and self-image. Many male breast reduction patients find they are more comfortable participating in athletic activities and feel more confident in situations where their chest is exposed. Many men who have had breast reduction surgery report that they wish they had done it sooner.
Individual results may vary.
During a typical male breast reduction consultation, Dr. Koenig will meet with the patient one-on-one to discuss his concerns and his reasons for seeking the procedure. The patient's medical history, current health concerns, previous surgical experiences, and current medications and supplements will be discussed to determine a patient's eligibility for male breast reduction.
Dr. Koenig will also perform a physical examination to determine if solely liposuction will achieve the patient's best results or if excess skin will also need to be removed. It is common for Dr. Koenig to use liposuction in conjunction with the male breast reduction. Each male breast reduction is customized to ensure optimum results are achieved for each patient.
To be considered eligible for the procedure, all candidates for male breast reduction surgery must be in good overall health, not smoke, and have realistic expectations for their surgical results. Additionally, prospective male breast reduction patients should have excess breast tissue, causing the appearance of breasts. Ideal candidates for male breast reduction will also be willing to work together with Dr. Koenig to create a surgical plan and schedule that permits enough time for proper healing from the surgery.
Dr. Koenig performs male breast reduction surgery under general or sedation anesthesia. On average, the procedure may last around two hours. Male breast reduction surgery includes the removal of fatty tissue, breast tissue, and rarely loose skin from the area in order to create a flatter chest.
Male breast reduction is an outpatient procedure that allows patients to return home within hours of surgery to begin their recovery process at home. Patients are required to wear a vest for three weeks following the procedure which applies gentle pressure to the area treated to assist with healing. When worn under a shirt, this garment is not noticeable to others. Some male patients may have drainage tubes for the first two to three days after surgery, as a way to alleviate the buildup of excess fluids around the surgical area. Pain medication, cold compresses, and rest will ease pain and discomfort as the body heals. Bruising, swelling, and soreness are all typical side effects of the surgery which improve rapidly within the first 24-48 hours. Many patients of male breast reduction are able to return to work within a few days of the procedure, although other physical activities may be restricted for two full weeks or more.
At Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. William J. Koenig provides male breast reduction patients with individualized care to deliver their optimum results. As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Koenig specializes in breast and body procedures. Dr. Koenig provides his patients with the experience and expertise required to create natural, long-lasting results.
Dr. Koenig performs all surgeries on an outpatient basis at the Lindsay House Surgery Center, a fully licensed multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center located at the Quatela Center in Rochester, New York.
Typically, the male breast reduction procedure lasts around two hours. The surgical timeframe may vary based on the measures taken to reduce the excess fatty tissue.
Most male breast reduction patients can return to work within two to three days after surgery. You will need to wear a compression garment for the first three weeks after surgery. Only about 10% of patients will need drains. Based on your specific needs, Dr. Koenig let you know when he expects you to be ready to return to work.
Exercise is not permitted for one week, but after that time you may resume lower body workouts. After three weeks, there are no activity restrictions so you may exercise your upper body as well. Speak with Dr. Koenig before resuming exercise or other strenuous activities.
Breast and fatty tissue removed during a male breast reduction may return if the underlying cause of the patient's gynecomastia is not addressed. Certain medications, health concerns, hormone fluctuations, and weight gain may cause additional trouble with male breasts in the future.
Following your male breast reduction procedure, most patients have two small scars, approximately ½ inch, on each side of the chest and/or in the underarm region. These scars typically fade nicely and are quickly unnoticeable.
No. While exercise can reduce fatty tissue, it will not remove any excess skin tissue or breast tissue.
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