Characterized by abnormally large male breasts, gynecomastia is a relatively common condition that men of all ages can experience. For many individuals—particularly adolescents—this overdevelopment of glandular and/or fatty tissue in the breasts creates feelings of self-consciousness and diminished self-esteem when shirtless or wearing tight-fitting clothing. While the exact cause of gynecomastia is not known, a variety of factors are believed to play a role in the enlargement of male breasts, some of which include heredity, weight change, the use of certain prescription medications, anabolic steroids, liver function issues, and the natural aging process. In certain cases, however, the development of gynecomastia remains undetermined.
Fortunately, and despite its cause being unknown, gynecomastia can often be easily and effectively treated with male breast reduction surgery. At the Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery, our Columbus plastic surgeons are highly trained and skilled in removing excess glandular and/or fat tissue in the breasts to achieve an improved, more masculine chest contour—all while keeping safety and discretion top priorities.
What Are the Benefits of Male Breast Reduction?
Regardless of the cause or severity of gynecomastia, treating the condition via male breast reduction can be beneficial from both a physical and psychological standpoint. Depending on your specific needs and desires, male breast reduction can help reduce extra glandular tissue, diminish excess fat buildup(s), remove loose/redundant skin, and/or reposition/resize the nipple-areola complex for an overall more sculpted, toned chest appearance. In addition to these cosmetic benefits, many males both young and old experience a boost in self-confidence, especially when participating in activities that require compression-type shirts and/or no shirt at all.
How Is Male Breast Reduction Performed?
At the Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery, male breast reduction is custom-tailored to meet the unique needs of the patient. To remove glandular tissue, tiny incisions are discreetly made around the areola, and excess tissue is carefully excised until the desired volume is achieved. When a buildup of stubborn fat is also present, liposuction is usually employed to remove fatty tissue through small incisions generally concealed low on the chest. Once an ideal chest contour has been attained, all incisions will be closed with sutures.
Performed under general anesthesia, the entire male breast reduction procedure often takes approximately one to two hours to complete, though this can vary depending on the quantity of glandular and/or fat tissue that needs to be extracted. As an outpatient surgery, patients are typically able to return home the same day as treatment.
What Is Recovery from Male Breast Reduction Like?
Most patients are able to resume normal daily routines about one week after male breast reduction surgery. There will be some degree of temporary swelling and/or bruising in the treatment area during recovery; however, any discomfort can usually be controlled with medication. Any strenuous activities and heavy lifting will need to be avoided for at least two to three weeks following surgery to allow for proper healing. Some initial results will likely be noticeable immediately after male breast reduction surgery, and the effects of treatment should become even more apparent as residual swelling subsides throughout recovery. With a healthy diet and regular exercise routine, the final outcome can often be maintained for many years.
Schedule a Male Breast Reduction Consultation
For more information about treating gynecomastia with male breast reduction, or if you would like to schedule a consultation at the OSU Department of Plastic Surgery, please contact our practice online or by phone today.