Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)
Serving Chattanooga, Tennessee
Gynecomastia is the condition of over-developed or abnormally large breasts in men. This condition is common in the male population and can occur in men of any age. Many cases of gynecomastia have no clear cause but certain medications, heredity, and hormone changes can be contributing factors.
In addition to the physical symptoms of gynecomastia, the individual with this condition may feel discomfort and a lack of self confidence due to their enlarged breasts. This can result in avoidance of certain physical activities as a way of hiding the condition.
Gynecomastia may include the following characteristics:
- Excess localized fat;
- Excess glandular tissue development;
- A combination of fat and glandular tissue;
- The condition may only be present in one or both breasts.
Gynecomastia surgery may be right for you if:
- You are physically healthy;
- You are within a relatively normal weight range;
- Your breasts have stopped developing;
- You are unhappy with the size of your breasts and desire a more proportioned masculine contour to the upper body;
- You have realistic expectations for the improvement of the symptoms of gynecomastia;
- You do not smoke, use anabolic steroids or consume excessive amounts of alcohol, as these, along with marijuana use, may cause gynecomastia.
Your Gynecomastia Procedure
Your surgeon will perform a detailed medical evaluation to determine what has caused your gynecomastia and if male breast reduction surgery is the right option for you. It should be noted that gynecomastia surgery can be performed at any age, but the best results are obtained when overall physical growth is complete. Your Chattanooga cosmetic surgeon will discuss with you which method will be your best option.
Liposuction is one way to correct gynecomastia. It is used most often when the problem is primarily fatty tissue and the skin still has enough elasticity to cause the skin envelope to go back to a normal size. This technique involves inserting a hollow tube through several small incisions into the breast and breaking up and removing the fat by suction. The incisions are sutured and allowed to heal.
Excision techniques are most often used when the problem is primarily glandular tissue and/or there is excess skin that needs to be removed additionally. Sometimes the areola needs to be reduced or the nipple repositioned in a more natural male contour. This technique requires larger incisions that the plastic surgeon endeavors to conceal in natural contours. Some scars may still be visible but generally improve over time.
Your plastic surgeon may choose to treat gynecomastia with a combination of both techniques.
For more information regarding gynecomastia and male plastic surgery, please contact our Tennessee cosmetic surgeons to set up a private consultation. Serving Chattanooga, Tennesse and surrounding areas.
Smoking greatly increases the risk of complications after surgery. To ensure optimal results, the Plastic Surgery Group advises that smokers quite smoking one month before surgery and not resume after. For more information please read the article Smoking and Plastic Surgery.