Half of all men experience at least one episode of breast enlargement in their lifetime. It’s a common problem, and it can have real, unwanted consequences, especially when it comes to self-confidence.Enlarged male breasts can be the manifestation of two conditions: gynecomastia, which is an excess of breast tissue underneath the nipple and areola, and pseudogynecomastia, which is an excess fat in one or both breasts. As most men aspire to have a sculpted, masculine chest, enlarged male breasts make it difficult to participate in shirtless activities with confidence. Furthermore, as enlarged male breasts are often evident through clothing, all facets of a man’s life can be affected. Therefore, when other methods like diet and exercise fail to yield visible results, gynecomastia surgery is recommended.
You Can Benefit From Gynecomastia Surgery if You:
Are Close to
Your Goal Weight
Breast Size Plateau
Diet and exercise can reduce the size of enlarged male breasts, especially in men who are obese. Discontinuing recreational drug use can also help. If you have gynecomastia and have successfully explored these avenues with minimal success, you may want to consider gynecomastia surgery.
It is not a requirement to be at your goal weight to be a candidate for gynecomastia surgery. However, if you decide to lose a substantial amount of weight after having gynecomastia surgery, your surgery results may change. Therefore, it is recommended to be at a safe weight pre-surgery, thus reducing the risk of post-operative complications while also making your results more permanent.
Gynecomastia is often related to normal hormonal fluctuations and can subside between six months and three years after onset. This is especially true in young people. Therefore, it is important that you wait until your breast size has stabilized and remained unchanged before you consider gynecomastia surgery.
Which Features Do You
Want to Improve?
When enlarged male breasts are caused primarily by excess fat, liposuction alone will correct the problem areas.
Surgical excision is often required in cases where the areolas need to be reduced or repositioned.
Excess Breast Tissue
Surgical excision is necessary when excess breast tissue and/or skin must be removed to enhance the appearance of the chest.
In most cases of gynecomastia, surgical excision and liposuction are used in combination to create a more masculine chest appearance.
Although recovery time depends on the surgical techniques used, gynecomastia surgery patients usually require around one week of downtime. You should limit physical activity for at least three to four weeks after surgery to reduce swelling and quicken healing.
As with any surgery, scarring is inevitable. It is important to remember that scars fade significantly within one year of surgery. It is our experience that even in the early post-operative time frame, the positive benefits of a newly contoured chest outshine any transiently visible scarring.
As each gynecomastia surgery is tailored to a specific patient’s needs, the cost can vary. Dr. Martin’s staff will be able to give you an accurate price estimate after he assesses your needs during your initial consultation.
Once surgical anesthesia wears off, discomfort is likely. Post-operative pain is easily managed by Dr. Martin and his staff with oral pain medication and massage.
Gynecomastia Before & After Photos
Is it possible for gynecomastia to return after surgery?
Although gynecomastia surgery is a permanent solution for enlarged male breasts, certain habits like drug use and significant weight gain can cause the breasts to grow again. It is important to commit to a healthy lifestyle in hopes of maintaining the longevity of your results.
How long will it take to see the final results of surgery?
Although improvement in the appearance of your chest will be evident two to four weeks after surgery, it often takes four to six months for the full results to become visible.
Can I shave or wax my chest before surgery?
No, you should hold off on chest hair removal for two weeks prior and six weeks after surgery.
Do I have to quit smoking before undergoing gynecomastia surgery?
Yes. Smoking can disrupt the healing process and lead to post-op complications. If you smoke marijuana or do other drugs, your gynecomastia can be exacerbated. It is best to quit smoking and drug use at least six weeks before surgery for optimal healing and results.