If you are male and feel self-conscious about wearing tight fitting shirt or even doing activities without wearing a shirt because of excess male breast tissue, you may have a condition called gynecomastia. The excessive tissue can be present due to a variety of causes. Either way, the excess tissue is reduced or removed with a minor surgical procedure that involves sucking out the unwanted fat through a small incision(s) and/or by directly excising it. After the procedure, a compression garment is usually worn to help with the healing process.
When approaching male breast reduction surgery, patients should consider all aspects. They wonder about recovery, the cost, and if they are the right candidate. Well, the team here at J Hopkins Plastic Surgery will tell you here and now that we have your best interest in mind. If you’re the right candidate, we’ll inform you. If you’re not, we’ll tell you that too. If you’re worried about the risks of male breast reduction surgery, don’t worry; our key goal is your knowledge.
Signs of Gynecomastia:
The best candidates for male breast reduction surgery are the ones who are relatively healthy and can handle the recovery. The process your body goes through during any surgical procedure is not a simple one. The best candidates need to be able to be sedated through medication and withstand the initial surgery itself as well as recover. If you have any questions about the surgery, we’re happy to assist you. This allows you to feel more confident walking into the surgery room.
When you are thinking about undergoing gynecomastia surgery, it is important that you research the procedure beforehand so you know what to expect. The team at J Hopkins Plastic Surgery is happy to walk you through each step so you feel comfortable through the entire procedure.
Step 1: Anesthesia- For your comfort, you will be given medication that will help you to rest. This may be sedation or general anesthesia. Your doctor will go over your options prior to the procedure.
Step 2: Liposuction- If your primary issue is fatty deposits in the breast tissue, liposuction will be used. Small incisions are made around the breast and a small hollow tube is inserted. The surgeon will use a back and forth motion to remove the unwanted fat cells.
Step 3: Excision- If you have a lot of excess skin or tissue, an excision may be performed. The tissue is surgically removed and the nipple is repositioned. Sometimes a surgeon may use a combination of liposuction and excision to provide the best results.
Step 4: Recovery- You will then be taken to the recovery room where you will stay until the anesthetic has worn off and you are safe to return home. You will come back for a checkup with your surgeon shortly after your procedure.
After the surgery itself, you’ll need a friend or advocate who can help you get home safely and help you prepare for recovery. This is someone who understands the dietary restrictions, what strenuous activity you cannot take on, and the extent to which you need rest and medication. We stress that after the surgery, you have a person with your best interest in mind.
When you are contemplating gynecomastia surgery, the financial cost is definitely a consideration. The cost of having the procedure varies depending on what type of surgery you require (liposuction and/or excision), as well as any other complications or considerations the surgeon may have for you. It is important that you discuss your aesthetic goals at length with your doctor. They will be able to provide you with a close estimate based on your specific needs. While insurance does not typically cover gynecomastia surgery, we have financing options available.
If our team could be your advocate beyond the surgery, we would. We do everything we can to help you feel prepared, ready to recover, and on your way to a new you. Dr. Jeffrey D. Hopkins focuses on his patient’s needs first and foremost. We ensure the health, safety, and the desired outcome every time.