At Nuance Cosmetic Surgery in Folsom, we understand that even though the majority of our patients are female, there are also cosmetic concerns that specifically affect males. One of those concerns is overgrown or enlarged breasts, and at Nuance we offer gynecomastia surgery – a breast reduction designed for men.
Contact us today to set up a consultation with our plastic surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Sumida, and have a customized surgical plan created for you that outlines your cosmetic goals while maintaining a natural look.
What is Gynecomastia?
Men can experience overgrown or enlarged breasts at any stage in their lives. Some factors that can play a role in this medical occurrence are:
- Hormonal changes
- Use of certain drugs
Characterized by excess fat, glandular tissue, or skin, gynecomastia can affect one or both breasts. This condition can cause self-esteem issues and avoidance behavior in men but can be safely and effectively corrected with reduction surgery.
How is Male Breast Reduction Performed?
A male breast reduction is done as an outpatient procedure under either general or local anesthesia. How it is performed depends on whether it is fat, glandular tissue, or excess skin that is removed from the breast area. In the cases of fat extraction, liposuction may also be used in conjunction with gynecomastia surgery.
The surgery not only flattens the breasts but also enhances chest contours, giving the area a more masculine appearance. Severe cases of gynecomastia where the breasts sag and the areola has been stretched can also be improved with this surgery.
What is Recovery Like?
Regardless of the procedure method, scarring after gynecomastia surgery is minimal. A dressing or compression garment is typically put over the treated areas in order to control swelling while maintaining shape and structure. Most patients can return to work within 3-7 days and resume their regular schedules in 2-3 weeks.
Doctor Sumida will inform you during your consultation about the risks and possible side effects this procedure carries, but it is normally advised not to use caution in your activities as excessive motion or force can be counterproductive to healing. Doctor Sumida will tell you what aftercare is necessary for your incision sites to minimize the risk of adverse effects.
In most cases, the results of male breast reduction are permanent. However, body weight should be maintained to uphold the integrity of the chest contours, and if the gynecomastia was caused by steroids or other types of drugs, it is also important to be free of these substances after surgery is complete.
Contact us at Nuance Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule an appointment and start the journey to looking confident, feeling confident and being confident.