Men often hold themselves to a high standard. When it comes to their appearance, this could include maintaining a healthy weight and a certain degree of contour in areas like the chest and abdomen. Gynecomastia is a condition that could make this perfectly reasonable ideal seem impossible. To have gynecomastia is to have enlarged breasts, something no man welcomes. The problem could stem from several different factors, from weight to hormones to medications and simple genetics. Because of its complexity, gynecomastia can be a difficult condition to address. The way many men are doing that is with male breast reduction surgery. Male breast reduction can contour the chest to look flatter and more masculine. In so doing, the minimally-invasive procedure can restore self-confidence. Men who are in good general health make good candidates for gynecomastia surgery and are most often quite satisfied with the outcome of their procedure.
The Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Patients interested in male breast reduction have a consultation with Dr. Krummen at the outset of their journey. This helps her understand their concerns and the desired outcome. A brief examination of breast tissue guides treatment planning. In some cases, liposuction alone may resolve gynecomastia. For some men, though, a combination of liposuction and tissue excision is needed to flatten the chest. The procedure may remove the breast gland to prevent future swelling of the breasts or nipples, and it may tighten skin if necessary.
Recovery Following a Male Breast Reduction
Most male breast reduction procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. Patients go home once they have regained alertness but must be driven by a loved one. It is also necessary to have someone stay the night after surgery to assist with medications and safely getting in and out of bed. A compression garment is applied after surgery, but patients will see a difference in their shape right away. Swelling, bruising, and soreness subside in 10 to 14 days, after which a man may return to work. Restrictions for strenuous physical activity may be lifted 6 weeks after surgery. Enlarged breasts are not a feature most men can appreciate on their bodies. To learn more about gynecomastia and male breast reduction, call our Cincinnati office at 513.985.0850.