Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
While Gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts) is a common condition, it is rarely talked about. Embarrassed males often limit their activities, and try to wear clothing that conceals the condition. Male breast reduction surgery is a simple procedure that can greatly reduce the excessive glandular tissue (localized fat deposits) and create a more masculine chest contour.
Before surgery, it’s important that you have a complete checkup. Obesity, excessive use of alchohol or marijuana, impaired liver function, anabolic steroids and estrogen containing medication, as well as other medications, can all contribute to gynecomastia. If you have any of these conditions, they must be corrected before surgery. If you are overweight, you are encouraged to diet and exercise prior to the procedure.
Dr. Diehl will make an incision under your breasts or around the areola. In many cases, liposuction will remove excess localized fat deposits. If liposuction is not indicated, persistent excess glandular tissue, fat and skin can be surgically removed from the breasts to create a new smaller, more masculine contour.
Following the procedure, you will wear an elastic bandage or pressure garment to facilitate healing. Expect swelling and bruising, which will subside in the weeks following the procedure. Scarring is generally minimal and will fade with time. It is best to avoid direct sun exposure for six months.