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 performed 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 the best Male Breast Reduction in Irvine or treatment of gynecomastia, the best way to learn about your unique options for removing unwanted breast tissue is to request a surgical consultation with Dr. Smith. Or, call our Irvine and Corona cosmetic surgery offices at (949)-653-7000.
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.
A number of factors such as excess skin and fat, or glandular tissue can lead to Gynecomastia. Although the condition does develop in the adolescence phase, a number of men can develop Gynecomastia or enlarged breasts even later on in life as well.
If you have enlarged breasts and if diet and a robust exercise regimen have proven to be ineffective in reducing the size of your chest, then you can be an ideal candidate for this surgery.
If you have an enlarged chest then male breast surgery can be very effective in getting rid of excess skin and breast tissue. In the hands of an expert plastic surgeon such as Dr. Smith, you can get a more contoured and well defined athletic chest.
Patients that have opted for male breast surgery with Dr. Smith have successfully overcome their low self-confidence and anxiety issues. When you come in for a consultation with Dr. Smith, one of the first things he insists on is a thorough evaluation of overall health. Next, he will patiently discuss with you your desired goals and the end results based on your anatomy. Patients are always encouraged to ask any questions or concerns about the surgery – your comfort and safety are always a top priority.
“I’m a patient of Dr. Smith’s and I just wanted to let people know how happy I was with the services that I received from him and his office! He was only professional, respectful, knowledgeable, and had a great bedside manner. I also appreciated the time he spent with me, making sure all my questions were answered. The overall experience was wonderful, and I highly suggest you go with Dr. Smith for any of your plastic surgery needs!”
The surgical procedure involves either direct excision or a combination of excision with liposuction. Extreme cases may require additional incisions so that the nipple can be repositioned.
Gynecomastia surgery can be performed with the patient under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, depending on the extent of the surgery.
In almost all cases, male breast reduction is performed on an outpatient basis so that no stay in the hospital is needed. There is very little downtime with this procedure – in fact, a majority of Dr. Smith’s patients resume normal activities within 7 to 14 days.
If you gain weight after your male breast reduction surgery, it can have an adverse effect on the correction and contouring steps taken during your surgery. For this reason, Dr. Smith always advises his patients to try and maintain a healthy lifestyle with a special focus on diet and exercise post-surgery as a way of ensuring long-term benefits.
Patients will experience some degree of swelling and discomfort immediately after surgery. The swelling will subside within a few days. Dr. Smith will prescribe pain medication to relieve any pain or discomfort you might experience in the days following your male breast reduction surgery.
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 weeks until full activity is resumed in one month.
Any surgery comes with its own set of risks – including male breast reduction surgery. However, with the advances in medicine and plastic surgery procedures, male breast reduction surgery today is a completely safe and popular solution for men with enlarged chests.
Dr. Smith uses the latest surgical techniques that are designed to ensure 100% safety and comfort of patients with minimal risk of complications. In very rare cases, there can be complications such as wound breakdown, bleeding or infection of the incision sites, hypertrophic scarring.
Contact Andrew Smith, MD FACS Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Irvine, Orange County to schedule your consultation.
18 Endeavor Suite 102, Irvine, CA 92618