Gynecomastia is a troubling condition that may affect a man at any age. It is characterized by enlarged, female-like breasts, and can be a difficult condition to correct using lifestyle modifications alone. Getting treatment for gynecomastia can be a life-changing decision. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Miller has a unique, patient-centered approach to care that ensures men dealing with gynecomastia feel comfortable and supported in their choice to seek medical treatment.
INTENDED RESULT OF A MALE BREAST REDUCTION
Male breast reduction is sought by men for many personal reasons. Ultimately, the doctor performs a precise procedure to reshape the breasts to look more masculine. In so doing, surgery can enable a man to feel like himself again and to feel confident in the appearance of this body. Some men go to great lengths to hide the feminine appearance of their chest. Some spend frustrating hours in the gym trying to tone and tighten the chest muscles. Male breast reduction can reveal the muscle tone that exists by removing the overlying fatty and glandular tissue that obscures the masculine form.
GYNECOMASTIA REDUCTION PROCEDURE DESCRIPTION
Dr. Miller performs a thorough consultation and examination for each patient to identify the factors that may be contributing to excessive breast tissue growth. It is important for patients to be transparent about all medications, supplements, and recreational drugs they are taking, as some may be factors influencing male breast enlargement. After the consultation and necessary lab work and imaging, if applicable, the doctor can discuss the ideal approach to breast reduction.
Some gynecomastia patients may obtain correction via liposuction, a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed using a powerful local anesthetic. Liposuction removes excess fatty tissue via a small, hollow tube. The results are immediate even with mild to moderate post-operative swelling.
Gynecomastia is not limited to fatty tissue alone. Treatment may require the excision of the glandular tissue that sits beneath a fatty breast mound. This procedure may be performed through small incisions and may be combined with liposuction to achieve the best results.
"Absolutely love Dr. Miller and the staff! Everybody is so amazing and makes you feel extremely comfortable through the entire process. I just had a breast augmentation done by him and everything leading up to the surgery was such an easy and great experience and he did such an amazing job. I will be recommending him to anyone and everyone!" - Arianna L.
LENGTH OF MALE BREAST REDUCTION PROCEDURE
Male breast reduction can take from one to three hours depending on the complexity of the procedure. Both liposuction and excisional male breast reduction are performed on an outpatient basis. The patient is released to a loved one when they have regained a moderate degree of alertness after receiving general anesthesia. Post-operative care instructions are provided to ensure optimal healing.
GYNECOMASTIA REDUCTION RECOVERY & AFTERCARE:
Patients can expect some degree of bruising, swelling and tenderness after their breast reduction procedure. A compression garment may be applied in the operating room. The continual wear of the compression garment helps to reduce swelling more quickly. Post-operative discomfort may be managed with prescription medication for a few days. However, we expect patients to transition to an over-the-counter medication sometime within the first week of recovery. It is necessary to limit activity for a few days to allow the body to utilize its resources for tissue healing. Strenuous activities may resume beginning two to three weeks after surgery, but most patients can return to work and light activities after one week. It is important to follow all post-operative care instructions carefully to avoid complications like infection or prolonged swelling.
Liposuction may be used in conjunction with surgery to remove excess fat around the breast and enhance the overall contour of the new breasts. Dr. Miller discusses how each procedure works and why he recommends a combination for applicable cases.
What are the risks of Male Breasts?
Gynecomastia is not a medically concerning problem. It does not indicate that a man has breast cancer or is at risk of developing breast cancer. The primary concern related to male breast enlargement is the emotional impact of having a female-like chest. Men who have enlarged breasts may feel frustrated and embarrassed. They may waste precious time trying unproven, or worse, unsafe, methods of reducing their breast size. Gynecomastia can have devastating effects on a man’s sense of self and sense of confidence. It is a condition that plastic surgeons understand much better now than they ever have, while also having the tools and techniques to achieve outstanding results.
How do I prepare for the procedure?
Pre-surgical care may differ slightly for each patient. Generally, surgeons advise patients to quit smoking and to avoid tobacco use for at least a few weeks before surgery. Alcohol consumption should remain limited during the week before surgery. To enable the body to heal optimally after surgery, patients are encouraged to eat whole, healthy foods and lean protein and to avoid processed and fast food as they prepare for surgery. Some patients may need to alter or stop using certain prescription or over-the-counter medications or supplements to reduce surgical risks. This must be done under a doctor’s care. Patients should not stop taking prescription medication without first consulting with the prescribing physician.
What can I expect from my results?
Patients will likely notice an immediate improvement in chest contours after their reduction procedure. However, it can take up to a year for the tissue and skin to completely settle into a new form. The ongoing improvement in contouring can feel very gratifying and often serves as a motivating factor to continue to live an active, healthy lifestyle. Provided that the patient does not gain a significant amount of weight, the results of gynecomastia surgery should be permanent.
Contact us Today!
Learn about surgical options for male breast reduction by calling 702-369-1001 today. Your initial consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Stephen M. Miller M.D. is free. Dr. Miller serves patients throughout the Las Vegas area, including Henderson, Summerlin and nearby communities in Nevada.