Many men have an enlarged or feminine-looking chest, and in fact it is estimated that over a third of all men will experience this condition at some point in their lives. Often, the appearance of breasts is a source of frustration and embarrassment for these men. This condition, technically known as gynecomastia, may be caused by prescription medication or a transient hormone imbalance. While gynecomastia may resolve itself after discontinuation of the medication or with hormonal changes that occur in puberty and early adulthood, in some cases the enlarged breasts will remain and need surgical correction. Male breast reduction in Orange County by Dr. Andrew Smith can help reduce the appearance of large breasts for men, and provide smooth, masculine chest contours.
If you believe you are a candidate for treatment of gynecomastia, the best way to learn about your unique options for removing unwanted breast tissue is to request a FREE surgical consultation with Dr. Smith. Or, call our Irvine and Corona cosmetic surgery offices at (949) 653-7000.
What Male Breast Reduction Can Do for You
Male breast reduction is performed to remove excess breast tissue that develops either as firm glandular tissue behind the nipple or a fatty pocket in the area. In some cases, both are present. There are many causes of gynecomastia and the cause may dictate the type of treatment Dr. Smith recommends.
The surgical procedure involves either direct excision or a combination of excision with liposuction. Gynecomastia surgery can be performed with the patient under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation (if only a small area of treatment is necessary). In almost all cases, male breast reduction is performed on an outpatient basis so that no stay in the hospital is needed. Extreme cases may require additional incisions so that the nipple can be repositioned.
Your Recovery and Beyond
Recovery takes 1 to 2 weeks, and most men are ready to return to work at this time. Dr. Smith will recommend an increase in activity during the third and fourth week until full activity is resumed in one month. The removal is permanent unless the offending problem resurfaces.