Helena O. Taylor, MD, Ph.D., FACS & Stephen R. Sullivan, MD, MPH, FACS Named Among The Best Board Certified Plastic Surgeons in Boston
Gynecomastia is excess fat and breast tissue resulting in a less masculine appearing chest. While most infant boys have some degree of gynecomastia, prominent breast tissue in teenagers and older men can cause embarrassment or insecurity.
Patients often avoid certain clothes or activities that might reveal their chest. There are a number of causes including genetics, hormones, anabolic steroids or marijuana exposure. While diet and exercise, and avoidance of steroids and marijuana may all be helpful, some patients require surgery for correction. Gynecomastia surgery or Male Breast Reduction Surgery removes the redundant tissue and restore a masculine appearing chest.
Boston male breast reduction surgeons, Dr. Taylor and Sullivan, have helped many men overcome gynecomastia. If you or someone you know is considering a male breast reduction, we welcome you to schedule a consultation to discuss the options available.
Gynecomastia is typically considered a cosmetic issue resulting from a local imbalance of hormones. Anabolic steroids, marijuana and some medications have been implicated in the development of gynecomastia. Often there is no precipitating factor except genetics. Very rarely it can be the result of testicular tumors.
Whatever the cause, it is not uncommon that cosmetic surgery is one’s best option for the reversal of the physical appearance of gynecomastia. Gynecomastia can be graded by severity, and the severity determines the surgical approach.
Grade of Gynecomastia is determined by the extent of breast tissue and skin excess.
Gynecomastia surgery can significantly improve and masculinize the chest contour. The goal is to maximally improve the change in shape, while minimizing scar as much as possible, though there is always a trade. Recurrence after excision would be unusual.
All operations have some risk including asymmetry, contour irregularity, hematoma, infection, scarring, changes in feeling in the breast or nipple, and seroma.
If you have eliminated the potential causes of gynecomastia, and are at a reasonable height and weight and are still bothered by excessive breast tissue, gynecomastia surgery may be a good option. Gynecomastia in teenagers can resolve on its own, so it may be worth waiting and watching for 18 to 24 months in teenagers. As with most surgeries, an ideal candidate should be healthy, not smoke or use nicotine supplements, and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or lower. If you would like to discuss your options for gynecomastia surgery, please schedule a consultation and we can discuss what might be best for you.
Gynecomastia surgery is performed as a day surgery procedure under sedation or general anesthesia. The grade of gynecomastia, determined by the breast size and amount of extra skin, determines the surgical technique.
Dr. Taylor and Dr. Sullivan often work together to perform the operation, which takes two to three hours. Patients go home an hour or two after the completion of surgery in a compressive wrap.
Patients can recover quickly from a male breast reduction and return home on the same day. As with any surgery, some discomfort can be expected after your procedure. Pain management medications can be prescribed for a more comfortable recovery. Return to work can be as early as 3 to 5 days and exercising can begin within 3 weeks. A supportive garment will be worn for a few weeks postoperatively until the swelling begins to resolve.
A male breast reduction procedure from Boston gynecomastia surgeons, Dr. Taylor and Dr. Sullivan can have a profound impact on a man’s self-esteem and confidence.
Contact us to learn how the Gynecomastia Surgery may help you to achieve your goals. Dr. Taylor & Dr. Sullivan will be pleased to meet with you in the comfort and privacy of their office. Schedule your consultation today.
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