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As a man, your physique can play a large role in how you feel about your self-image. Over-developed breast tissue can significantly impact how you perceive your manhood, but there are plastic surgery procedures for men that can help. Dr. Chiaramonte understands both the physical and psychological effects gynecomastia can have on a man, which is why we offer male breast reduction to our Maryland and Alexandria, Virginia patients.
To find out how male breast reduction can correct gynecomastia, call Bella Cosmetic Surgery at 301-567-6767 to schedule a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the male condition of over-developed breast tissue that creates abnormally large breasts. It's important to realize that gynecomastia is not simply a result of weight gain, but is a medical condition that can actually be caused by a number of other factors including:
- Genetic disorders
If you suffer from gynecomastia, it is highly likely that your male breasts will not respond to diet or exercise. Instead, as the rest of your body becomes toned, you may still experience an accumulation of stubborn, fatty tissue in your chest. With gynecomastia surgery, Dr. Chiaramonte can remove the excess tissue that neither diet nor exercise can eliminate.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Male Breast Reduction?
If you have enlarged breast tissue, you may be a great candidate for male breast reduction surgery! There are a few general traits that surgeons like to see in patients who are interested in correcting gynecomastia. These include:
- Being within about 35 pounds of the ideal weight
- Being generally physically and emotionally healthy
- Having realistic expectations regarding the surgeon's anticipated outcome
- Having relatively good tissue elasticity
To be a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery, you mustn't smoke. If you do, please quit well ahead of surgery. You must also be able to avoid the use of blood-thinning medication. During your consultation, Dr. Chiaramonte will carefully review your medical history, examine your breast tissue, listen to your concerns, and discuss what breast reduction may look like for you.
What Are the Benefits of a Male Breast Reduction?
Gynecomastia surgery can sculpt your chest into the masculine form you're meant to have. This is the whole purpose of the procedure. Beyond that benefit, though, are several others. Once your chest looks as it should, you can feel as you've wanted to feel for a long time! With your masculine shape restored, you can stop wearing loose clothing or binders. You can feel comfortable with your shirt off, and you may even feel much more physically comfortable during workouts. Ultimately, having male breast reduction can take the burden of a feminine-looking chest off your plate once and for all.
Is Gynecomastia Common?
Yes. It is estimated that between 24 and 65 percent of men over the age of 50 have enlarged breast tissue. Hormones are a significant contributor to this condition. It may be seen in newborn boys who still have some extra estrogen from Mom in their bodies. Adolescent boys also get gynecomastia sometimes. Usually, adolescent gynecomastia resolves once hormone levels have stabilized during early adulthood. After mid-life, it becomes much more challenging to sustain stable hormones, so we tend to see higher numbers of true gynecomastia in older males.
How Long After Surgery Will I See My Results?
You can expect to see results as soon as you wake up from surgery. That said, your chest will be bandaged and will need to remain so for at least a few days. Swelling and inflammation are also common side effects of surgery, so, while your breasts will look flatter, your chest will be swollen and puffy. As your surgical side effects diminish, the appearance of your chest will continue to improve. Full settling of your muscle and tissue can take up to six months. However, by that time, any changes that occur are very subtle.
Are Male Breast Reduction Results Permanent?
We expect the results of gynecomastia surgery to be permanent, and, in most cases, they are. However, there is a chance of recurrence depending on the factors that led you to have enlarged breast tissue. For example, if gynecomastia is caused by medication or a recreational drug, and the use continues after surgery, there is a chance that the breasts could harbor excess fat once again. The same thing can happen if you gain a significant amount of weight. In that case, your breasts may shrink again if you lose weight.
What is Recovery from Gynecomastia Surgery Like?
Your recovery from male breast reduction takes about two weeks. This is the timeline that we give to describe the general period in which swelling and bruising subside, and you can begin to resume some of your normal activities. In the bigger picture, it can take several months for the body to completely heal after surgery. The later improvements include tissue settling, building muscle once again, and scar maturation. The early improvements occur as a result of rest, hydration, pain management, and also simply being patient. Expect soreness and tenderness. Expect fatigue. Expect to not feel like your best self for a short time. It is very normal to have emotional highs and lows during gynecomastia surgery recovery!
After surgery, you will be given detailed care instructions regarding showering, changing your compression garment (and how to know if it's too tight), walking (a must!), driving, and exercising. Being diligent in your aftercare will help you move through your recovery with much more ease and comfort. If you have questions at any time during your recovery, please contact our office without hesitation.
What Happens During The Male Breast Reduction Procedure?
For some men, gynecomastia surgery can require little more than a small incision and the use of liposuction to remove excess fatty tissue. If you have excessive glandular tissue, Dr. Chiaramonte may need to make a larger incision for the excess skin and tissue removal.
Generally after gynecomastia surgery you will need to avoid strenuous exercise for a period of several weeks and you will need to follow Dr. Chiaramonte's recovery guidelines to ensure proper healing.
The best way to determine what type of gynecomastia technique will be used and how it will impact your recovery is to address these concerns with Dr. Chiaramonte during your confidential consultation.
Schedule A Consultation For Male Breast Reduction In DC Today
If you are ready to reclaim your manly physique with gynecomastia surgery, contact Bella Cosmetic Surgery by calling 301-567-6767 or by completing the form on this page. Our Maryland plastic surgeon also provides services to patients in the Alexandria, Virginia and Washington D.C. areas.