Male Breast Reduction
What Is 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.
- Male Breast Reduction Definition and Causes
- True Gynecomastia Vs. Pseudogynecomastia
- Benefits of Male Breast Reduction
- Male Breast Reduction Procedure
- Male Breast Reduction Recovery and Results
- Male Breast Reduction Cost
What Is Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
Male breast reduction, also known as gynecomastia treatment, is a procedure designed to correct the symptoms associated with gynecomastia. Techniques can vary depending on the particulars of the patient’s treatment plan, but liposuction and glandular tissue excision are the most common approaches. Only certain types of fatty tissue can be removed via liposuction, and Dr. Cook will review the best options for you during your initial consultation. Gynecomastia can be caused by genetic factors, recent weight loss, certain drugs and medications, a hormonal imbalance, or other issues. As part of the consultation, Dr. Cook will speak with you about the potential factors that may have led to the development of gynecomastia in your case.
True Gynecomastia Vs. Pseudogynecomastia
While many people use the term gynecomastia as a catch-all for male breast enlargement, this condition specifically refers to excess glandular (breast) tissue in the male chest. Some individuals may also have fatty tissue in this area, or they may only have fatty tissue in this area. In those cases, the condition is known as pseudogynecomastia. The types of tissue present will determine which technique can provide the optimal outcome. Dr. Cook will evaluate your concerns and discuss your goals to arrive at the best possible treatment plan for your needs.
What Are the Benefits of Male Breast Reduction?
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.
What to Expect From the 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.
What to Expect During Male Breast Reduction Recovery And the 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.
How Much Does Male Breast Reduction Cost?
The average price of male breast reduction in 2017 was $3,641*, and this number reflects the typical cost for the surgeon’s fee. Other expenses will ultimately be included, such as the costs of anesthesia and the use of the hospital facility, which will modify the total cost to the patient. We understand this information is an essential part of making a decision for most individuals, and we will provide a detailed overview of the full anticipated price of your treatment plan at your consultation.
Although everyone’s situation is unique, male breast reduction is often considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore will not be covered by most medical insurance plans. We offer a range of payment options, including plastic surgery financing, to make this process as simple and straightforward as possible. As always, we welcome your questions and hope you can feel comfortable and confident speaking with us about your goals and preferences.
*According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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