Gynecomastia is a breast condition affecting men of all ages and is experienced following a decrease in testosterone. This is associated with enlarged breasts or the development of excess breast tissue in men approaching middle age. The common name for this procedure is male breast reduction.
What Causes Enlarged Male Breast Tissue or “Man Boobs”?
Enlarged breasts can be an effect of genetics, excess weight, medications, drug or alcohol use, and health conditions such as hyperthyroidism. Patients who have recently lost a large amount of weight can improve their appearance and restore a toned body with male breast reduction.
Male Breast Reduction Surgeries
Depending on the cause of your enlarged breasts, you may have excess fat or glandular tissue in the area. These different situations may call for different surgeries, from liposuction to tissue extraction. Once the desired size and shape is realized, the nipple is repositioned to the ideal location. Specific techniques can vary according to the individual case and degree of correction required.
What to Expect After Male Breast Reduction Surgery
To ensure a successful recovery, rest and relaxation are recommended. A follow-up appointment will likely be scheduled within a few days. Male breast reduction patients may be required to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and bruising for a period of 4-6 weeks. Patients are encouraged to refrain from performing strenuous activity for the following 3-5 weeks. For scarring, we recommend Embrace Scar Therapy for the most advanced post-surgery scar reduction.
The office of Dr. Layke and Dr. Danielpour can answer additional questions or concerns regarding gynecomastia. Please contact Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group to schedule a consultation and prepare for the procedure.