Gynecomastia or enlarged male breasts is a condition that is common in adolescent boys but can affect men of any age. Men with gynecomastia are often embarrassed by the condition because it makes their breasts look fuller and more feminine. It is estimated that nearly 60% of men suffer from this condition at some point in their lives.
Gynecomastia can resolve without any treatment for some men, but if it persists and causes discomfort or feelings of self-consciousness, male breast reduction surgery may be the solution.
Dr. Scott Holley understands how gynecomastia can affect a man’s self-esteem, so he is always ready to help men restore a masculine appearance to their chest, with male breast reduction surgery.
Male breast reduction is a surgical procedure done to correct gynecomastia by removing excess fat and glandular tissue. In extreme cases, some skin may also need to be removed.
Men with overdeveloped breasts that are bothered by the excess size are good candidates for male breast reduction. Candidates for male breast reduction should also be healthy, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations about the procedure.
During your consultation, Dr. Holley will discuss the different male breast reduction techniques, and answer any questions or concerns you have. He will also discuss the possible risks and complications of surgery. Dr. Holley will also perform a physical examination of your breasts to assess the current shape, size, and position of the nipples. The examination will help determine the most suitable technique for surgery.
The surgical technique used to perform male breast reduction will depend on the extent of the patient’s gynecomastia. The procedure can be performed using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
Excision techniques are used to correct gynecomastia caused by excess glandular tissue. The excision method is also recommended when the nipple has to be repositioned, or the size of the areola reduced to achieve more masculine chest contours.
Liposuction is usually recommended to sculpt and shape the breast when breast enlargement is due primarily to excess fatty tissue. A small incision is made around the breast through which a cannula (small, thin tube) is inserted. The cannula is moved back and forth to break up the fat cells which are then removed by suction.
A combined approach of subareolar tissue excision and liposuction is commonly needed to treat most cases of gynecomastia. Dr. Holley’s technique has proven to provide dramatic results with minimal visible scarring. Visit our gallery pages to find multiple example cases.
You will notice a visible reduction in the size of your breasts immediately after gynecomastia surgery. However, final results won’t be seen until 3-4 months after surgery when the swelling and bruising subside. Male breast reduction surgery will leave the chest looking flatter, firmer, and more defined.
After gynecomastia surgery, bandages and compression dressings are applied for 2-3 days. A support garment is worn to minimize swelling for 1 month. Patients can typically return to work about one week after surgery, but exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for 3-4 weeks.