Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia, or large male breasts, can be treated by removing excess breast tissue to create a flatter and more masculine, contoured chest. Patients with gynecomastia typically have had this condition since adolescence.

Problems with Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia causes extreme embarrassment in most cases and patients avoid social situations such as being seen on the beach or in the locker room. Adolescents and adults with gynecomastia suffer the emotional consequences of being teased by others, and can unfortunately experience a profound lack of self-esteem. By restoring a natural-looking, masculine and contoured chest, gynecomastia surgery can dramatically increase the patient’s self confidence.

A Variety of Treatment Options

Dr. Arnold Breitbart tailors the procedure to treat specific problems of each individual. Liposuction is usually used in conjunction with gynecomastia surgery to finely sculpt the breast and eliminate any excess fat. For some patients, Liposuction alone can reduce the breast fullness. In other patients, excess breast tissue or skin may need to be directly excised. The goal in all patients is to create a flatter masculine chest, while minimizing scars. In virtually all patients, scars can be placed at the edge of the areola. These scars are typically hardly visible, or not visible at all.

Recovery & Results

Patients can usually return to school or work within a few days after surgery. Most patients have very little pain. A compression garment is worn for a few weeks after surgery in order to reduce swelling and expedite the final appearance. Gynecomastia surgery causes an immediate dramatic improvement of the chest shape, and the contour continues to improve over the following weeks as all swelling resolves.

Benefits of Gynecomastia

Following gynecomastia surgery, patients typically experience a dramatic improvement in self-esteem and a newly found confidence among their peers. It is common for patients to become more social and less introverted following gynecomastia surgery, as their self-confidence significantly improves and they no longer are afraid of revealing their chest in public.

Gynecomastia FAQs

What is gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is an enlargement of the male breast. It is quite common, and for most patients, develops during adolescence and can persist. Although rarely associated with hormone problems or certain medications, it usually has no specific cause and can be treated effectively with surgery.

Can gynecomastia surgery be performed with Liposuction?

Liposuction is usually used to remove the fatty component of the enlarged breast tissue. In some patients, Liposuction alone can effectively treat the gynecomastia. In other patients, a small incision is made at the edge of the areola to remove any firm breast tissue that cannot be effectively treated with Liposuction alone.

Where are the scars?

The scars are placed at the edge of the areola. These scars generally heal well and are either invisible or barely visible.

How long do I have to wear a compression garment?

A compression garment is worn for 3-4 weeks after surgery. This helps to reduce swelling and expedite healing.