A man in his early 30’s with gynecomastia. He first noted breast development at the age of 15-16. This bothers him with his shirt off and in fitted shirts. He wears additional shirts to camouflage the appearance of his chest. He does not have a history of marijuana or anabolic steroid usage. He has had endocrinology screening which is normal.
He is shown before and again, just 6 weeks after a modified S.A.F.E. technique using power assisted liposuction and external ultrasound assist, combined with a direct excision of breast tissue through an incision around his areola. The S.A.F.E. technique (Suction Aspiration Fat Equalization) uses a cannula with fins to mechanically loosen up the fat followed by power assisted liposuction to remove fat and then the finned cannula again to smooth or “Equalize” the remaining fat. In my hands this allows the most aggressive removal of fat with less chance of dimples and irregularities. I modify this technique by starting with external ultrasound to soften the fat. After the liposuction is performed I check the chest and if there is a distinct mass of breast tissue (as in his case) I excise this through an incision around the lower aspect of the areola. A gynecomastia vest is worn continuously for 6 weeks along with micro-pore tape. We have just removed his tape in the office. Although scars are typically the reddest and thickest at 6 weeks, he already has an excellent contour. He is thrilled to have a normal appearance of his chest again.