Gynecomastia is a condition in which a man’s chest develops excess fat and glandular tissue that creates an appearance similar to a woman’s breasts. Although some drugs and medical problems are believed to increase the risk that a man will experience gynecomastia, the actual causes of the condition are unknown. Male breast reduction surgery at The Peer Group for Plastic Surgery in Florham Park, NJ can help men who are embarrassed about the size of their chest achieve a more ideal upper body contour. This procedure uses liposuction, as well as skin and tissue removal to create a tighter chest appearance.
Breast reduction surgery for men is done through a special liposuction technique. Some men with milder cases of gynecomastia may only require liposuction to attain good results. Liposuction is performed to remove the fatty tissue residing under the skin. During this approach, a small incision is made on the lateral chest wall. This allows a suction cannula to access the pectoral area to remove fat and tissue above the muscle. In severe gynecomastia cases, an en bloc resection of excessive breast tissue and tightening of loose skin may be necessary. In extreme cases, nipple grafting and a staged surgical approach may be necessary.
Gynecomastia Treatment Reviews
All male breast reduction procedures are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure at The Peer Group Plastic Surgery Center. The surgery typically lasts about an hour. Following surgery, moderate swelling and bruising are common and a compression garment should be worn for 4-6 weeks post-operatively. Most patients are able to resume normal work schedules within a few days, and incorporate exercise within 4-6 weeks. This surgery allows men to feel more confident when exposing their chest due to a firmer, flatter chest. In most cases, scarring is inconspicuous.
Male Breast Reduction FAQs
Will This Help my Pecs?
Every man is born with some soft tissue covering his pectoralis muscles. When this tissue grows excessivelyinto larger breasts, the pecs are often hidden. Through male breast reduction surgery, the excessive tissue is removed so the natural contour and shape of the chest wall can be seen. Men who wish to tone and strengthen their chest muscles will have the opportunity to do so once they have healed. Strength training will help lead to optimal results once this tissue has been removed.
Is Liposuction Always Needed?
In most cases, yes. The soft tissue and fat that collects in excess will need to be removed using liposuction. There are many liposuction techniques to consider. Some are less invasive and can help the skin become tighter on the chest wall. These methods can be discussed during your consultation.
What About Scarring?
Incisions for this surgery are well concealed. They are usually placed on the lateral chest wall or near the areola and are typically small enough that scarring is minimized. Over time, the incision lines will fade and become almost non-existent for most men.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-3 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location