What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia, or the development of enlarged breasts in males, can be a major source of self-consciousness in men and teenagers alike. This condition is often caused by a hormonal imbalance, and can affect one or both breasts. Gynecomastia is not a serious condition, and can easily be corrected with gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction.
Am I a good candidate for Male Breast Reduction surgery?
Candidates for gynecomastia surgery include males whose excess breast tissue cannot be corrected through alternative treatments, and whose breasts are done growing. It is important that patients are healthy, non-smokers who have realistic expectations of the surgery. Men who consume great amounts of alcohol or marijuana may not be ideal candidates for this procedure, due to these drugs being thought to contribute to gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia – Patient 155
A young man is his later teens who has had female breast development when he was 11 or 12. He is bothered by the appearance of his chest in fitted shirts and with his shirt off. He is shown before and again, 6 weeks after bilateral chest liposuction using the S.A.F.E. technique (Suction Aspiration Fat Equalization) combined with a direct excision of breast tissue through and incision around the areola. Scars are at their reddest at 6 weeks and then begin to fade and improve over the next 2 years. He is thrilled with his new contour.
Gynecomastia – Patient 154
An early ( 6 week) result in a 32 yo man with gynecomastia from over the counter weight lifting supplements that he took at age 18. He is bothered by the appearance of his chest with his shirt off and also in fitted shirts. He is shown before and again, 6 weeks after SAFE liposuction using power assisted liposuction combined with a direct excision of breast tissue through an incision under the areola. At 6 weeks the scars are still the pinkest and will now typically fade and improve over the next 2 years. He is thrilled with his improvement.
Gynecomastia – Patient 153
An 18 yo student of color with gynecomastia since the age of 10. He is bothered in fitted shirts and with his shirt off. He is shown before and again, 6 weeks after Gynecomastia treatment with external ultrasound assisted, power assisted liposuction using the S.A.F.E. technique ( Suction aspiration fat equalization) with the removal of 325 cc of lipoaapirate and 18 gms of tissue directly excised from the left, and 300 cc of lipoaspirate and 20 gms of tissue excised from his right. He attended school in a distant state and was not able to return for further follow-up visits.
Gynecomastia – Patient 152
A male student in his late teens who developed female appearing breast tissue in the 3rd-4th grade. He has no history of marijuana or anabolic steroid use, so his case is typically “idiopathic” or of unknown cause. He has tried lifting weights to build up his chest muscles but without improvement. He has not had any significant weight change. He is bothered in fitted shirts and of course with his shirt off. “Shirts vs Skins” in gym class must have been a torment. He is shown just before and again, 5 months after bilateral gynecomastia correction with External Ultrasound assisted/power assisted liposuction combined with direct excision of breast tissue through an incision along the lower areola. 355 cc of lipoaspirate were take from his right side along with the direct excision of 40 gms of breast tissue, and 375 cc of lipoaspirate take from his left side together with 37 gms of breast tissue. A close look will show that the scars are still slightly read but they are not noticeable from a conversational distance and will continue to fade over the next 18 months. He is thrilled to have a normal chest.
Gynecomastia – Patient 151
A man in his early 20’s who was troubled by a feminine appearance of his breasts in a bathing suit and in some fitted shirts. He first noted this at the time of puberty but had some additional growth of his breasts and breast tenderness taking over the counter anabolic steroid like supplements. He is shown before and again, 6 weeks after bilateral chest liposuction with a combination of mechanically assisted liposuction combined with a direct excision of a little under an ounce of actual breast tissue from beneath each nipple area. We have just removed his protective tapes prior to the after photos, and the small incisions at the edge of his areola and in the upper chest are at their reddest and most noticeable at this 6 week mark. They will now continue to fade and improve over the next 18-24 months. He is already thrilled with his improvement and natural appearance after surgery, and is already talking about going to the beach. He will typically also have a little swelling that will diminish and improve over the next 4-6 months.
How is gynecomastia surgery performed?
Male breast reduction surgery in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts is performed under general anesthesia while using a selection of techniques. The first technique is the liposuction technique, where a cannula or thin hollow tube is inserted through small incisions. Dr. Hall moves the cannula back and forth, removing excess fatty tissue through vacuum suction. The second technique is the excision technique, in which an incision is made to remove excess tissue and skin, resulting in a breast reduction. Both the liposuction technique and excision technique can be combined to perform this procedure as well. The technique that is most appropriate in your specific case will be defined during your consultation with Dr. Hall.
What should I expect during recovery?
After surgery, dressings will be applied to any incisions, and a support garment may be worn to aid in support and reduce swelling. A small tube may also be placed to drain any excess fluid or blood that collects. Dr. Hall will give you specific instructions for breast surgery recovery, and it is imperative that you follow them for a rapid and safe recovery.
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