Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
Male breast reduction is an advanced treatment option designed to correct gynecomastia, a common condition that afflicts many men and often begins in adolescence. Gynecomastia results in breasts that appear enlarged or overly developed. The condition can be a source of embarrassment and low self-esteem. Oftentimes, patients suffering from gynecomastia feel uncomfortable wearing fitted clothing or removing their shirts at the pool or beach. Male breast reduction is a cosmetic procedure performed by Midland plastic surgeon Kevin Cook, MD that can reduce excess fat and/or tissue and give the chest a flatter, recontoured appearance.
Benefits of Male Breast Reduction
Gynecomastia can be caused by genetic factors, recent weight loss, certain drugs and medications, a hormonal imbalance, or other issues. Male breast reduction can address the effects of gynecomastia with successful results. Benefits of male breast reduction include:
- Removal of excess breast tissue
- Elimination of excess fatty tissue
- Improvement of chest definition and contours
- Increased self-confidence
Dr. Cook can custom-tailor male breast reduction procedures, taking into account your unique needs and aesthetic concerns. During your initial, confidential consultation, Dr. Cook will examine your medical history, review surgical expectations, and determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure. These consultations are completely private, and Dr. Cook encourages you to ask any questions you may have. He will discuss all aspects of the procedure with you and carefully listen to your concerns so that you can make the best possible decisions about your body and your health.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Gynecomastia can be characterized by excess fat, skin, and/or glandular tissue. Your specific condition will allow Dr. Cook to determine the best technique for your needs. Male breast reduction surgery usually takes about one to two hours to complete. Typically, small incisions will be discreetly made in the armpit or around the areolas, and the excess fat or tissue will be removed. Liposuction may also be utilized to remove excess fat pockets. Dr. Cook is experienced with male breast reduction procedures and will work diligently to ensure that any residual scarring is barely noticeable.
Recovery And Results
After male breast reduction surgery, you will likely experience some soreness, swelling, or bruising. Any post-operative discomfort can be managed with oral pain medication. Dr. Cook typically has patients wear a compression vest in the weeks following the surgery to facilitate healing. Patients are also advised to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercises for several weeks. Most patients can return to normal daily activities a few days after the procedure.
If you would like to learn more about male breast reduction, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.