Gynecomastia surgery, or male gynecomastia, is one of the most sought after surgical procedures for men living in and around in Boca Raton, FL. Daniel Man, M.D., a Florida board-certified plastic surgeon, has a specific technique to reduce male breast tissue and get rid of fat, restoring a man’s chest to a masculine state.
What is Male Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia, a medical word from the Greek words for “woman-like breasts,” affects approximately 50 percent of the male population. The condition generally only lasts for a few years for boys going through puberty and is typically resolved by the time they turn 18. However, this condition can be much more uncomfortable for an older man, causing self-esteem and self-confidence issues even though it is not life-threatening.
Gynecomastia is often associated with medicinal causes, obesity or a hormonal metabolism imbalance. Too much estrogen present in the body can cause breast growth, along with steroid or drug use. Some studies have linked hormones used in livestock production – including beef and dairy products – to breast growth in boys and young men, which does not go away after puberty.
Benefits of Male Gynecomastia Surgery
There are so many benefits for men to have gynecomastia surgery. The most prevalent ones include:
- A more chiseled, masculine physique
- A better mental attitude
- No more embarrassment about “breasts”
- No hesitation about being in public
Is Male Gynecomastia Surgery Right for Me?
This may be the right procedure for you if you suffer from any of the following issues:
- You feel insecure about, ashamed of, or self-conscious regarding your chest
- You feel like your enlarged breast tissue prevents you from dating or socializing
- You have experienced body shaming and ridicule for taking off your shirt
- You are within 20 percent of your target weight
A consultation with Dr. Man allows patients the opportunity to have a knowledgeable professional assess the nature of the breast tissues and the elasticity of the skin to determine the root cause of gynecomastia.
Dr. Man explains the male gynecomastia treatment and the anticipated surgical outcome. Dr. Man may recommend a period of diet and exercise to determine if surgical intervention is required. If there are simply fat deposits around the chest area, liposuction may be all that is needed. If there is a circular disc of enlarged breast tissue caused by a hormonal or glandular issue, however, surgical intervention may be required.
How Involved is Male Gynecomastia Surgery?
Male gynecomastia is performed by Dr. Man in our Boca Raton plastic surgery facility, under general anesthesia administered by an anesthesiologist. The procedure can last from one to three hours, depending on the extent of the correction. Gynecomastia may be done as an outpatient procedure.
If your gynecomastia is primarily caused by fatty tissue, liposuction is usually the procedure of choice. Liposuction surgery is a procedure used to gently remove unwanted localized deposits of fat cells from the body. A cannula is inserted through a tiny incision placed in an inconspicuous location on the skin. Using a vacuum system attached to the cannula, excess fat cells are gently loosened and removed. The result is a more sculpted and chiseled chest.
Traditional surgical excision may be a better option if the gynecomastia is formed of more breast tissue than fat deposits. The excision may be performed alone or with liposuction. Typically, a small incision is placed on the edge of the areola or in the underarm area. Dr. Man works through these incisions to carefully remove the excess glandular tissue, fat and skin from the breast.
Many plastic surgeons use a larger incision for patients with significant amounts of fat and breast tissue. Dr. Man has developed a combination treatment method for male gynecomastia that uses Tickle Lipo™. This is an advanced form of liposuction and laser therapy, which provides an innovative way to cause skin retraction without a need for a large excision, preventing large scars.
While many surgeons do gynecomastia solely as an outpatient procedure at a hospital, ambulatory facility, or office suite, Dr. Man has created a center that provides patients with complete care including the option to recover under the watchful eye of our credentialed staff.
Prior to the actual surgery, patients are given pre-op medications for comfort. The anesthesiologist normally administers general anesthesia to help avoid experiencing any sensation during the procedure. Local anesthetics and/or IV sedation may also be used.
Safety measures during surgery include multiple monitors in the surgical suite monitoring your blood pressure, heart rate, pulse, and oxygen levels. After your surgery, you will be wheeled to a recovery area, where you will continue to be closely monitored until your anesthesia wears off.
After Gynecomastia Surgery
After the reduction is complete, sutures are used to close the incisions, and in some cases, drains may be placed to prevent swelling from excess fluid. Surgical dressing in combination with a special support garment are used to support and protect your chest.
After the procedure, patients rest comfortably until the anesthesia begins to wear off. Any necessary medications are administered to prevent infection and minimize discomfort. It is important to have someone help for the first 24 hours after the surgery. If that is not possible, patients can always opt to stay and be cared for during the first 24 hours by our well-trained, compassionate staff.
How is the Recovery from Gynecomastia Surgery?
Bed rest is recommended for the first day. Patients typically experience some discomfort for several days. For the first few days after surgery patients wear surgical dressings, which are exchanged for a special compression garment to be worn for about two weeks.
Most discomfort associated with gynecomastia surgery can be controlled with oral medication prescribed by Dr. Man along with antibiotics. Most patients are back to work within a couple of weeks.
How Much Does Male Gynecomastia Surgery Cost?
The cost of male gynecomastia surgery varies with each patient depending on the extent of the procedure and if other treatments are being performed at the same time. Dr. Man discusses the cost during a consultation along with payment and financing options.
What Do I Do Next?
If you are embarrassed by a heavy chest and would like to have a more masculine physique, we recommend you schedule a consultation with Dr. Man. He evaluates your chest and overall health to make a recommendation about male gynecomastia surgery.
Daniel Man, M.D., a Florida board-certified plastic surgeon, performs male gynecomastia surgery on men in Boca Raton, FL, and the surrounding communities who suffer from “man boobs.” Please contact us to set up your consultation today.