“Male breasts” is a term that just doesn’t make sense. The male chest is characterized by contours that are much tighter and flatter than the female chest. When a man develops female-like breasts, he may suffer tremendously. The condition of enlarged male breasts is called gynecomastia. It is a condition that a man may encounter at any age. Often, young men who develop enlarged breasts during adolescence find that their chests flatten and tighten as their hormones regulate. If this does not happen naturally, it could be due to genetics, prolonged hormonal imbalance, certain medications, or weight. If the chest does not flatten and tighten spontaneously or with diet and exercise, contouring may be restored with male breast reduction surgery.
What is Male Breast Reduction?
The most efficient and predictable way to treat gynecomastia is to go straight to the source: the breasts. A plastic surgeon performs a thorough consultation and examination of the breast tissue to fully understand the nature of the problem. In some cases, it is necessary only to remove excess fat tissue using liposuction. In more severe cases, enlargement is caused by an overactive breast gland. Yes, men have them, too. The breast gland may cause overall enlargement and fat accumulation or it may cause the nipples to look puffy. The gland can be excised to prevent future problems. Finally, if gynecomastia has been severe, a man may need to have skin tightened so the deflated breasts do not sag. Dr. Rosenthal has performed many breast reduction procedures. Her expertise as a board-certified plastic surgeon enables her to formulate the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient.
Recovering from Male Breast Reduction
Male breast reduction is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. Anesthesia provides pain relief during and for a short time after the surgery. A compression garment is also applied to support tissue and minimize swelling. Patients must be driven home by a loved one and should have someone stay with them for the first night at home. Prescription pain medication may cause grogginess so the patient should not drive until they are no longer taking medication. By 10 to 14 days after surgery, most patients return to work with minimal limitations for physical activity. After this time, the results of breast reduction are fully appreciable.
Learn more about male breast reduction. Call our Campbell, CA office at (408) 559-4700.