Male Breast Reduction Surgical Procedure
Dr. Aboolian may recommend an MRI or mammogram to determine the composition of your breast tissue. If surgery is recommended, expect about 1 hour of operating time. Local anesthesia or general anesthesia can be used, depending on the extent of tissue planned for subtraction.
A combination of techniques will likely be involved. To sculpt the chest, liposuction is performed through a small incision in the areola or near the underarm. Glandular tissue, if present, rarely needs to be directly excised and taken out through a peri-areolar incision. In cases where there is skin excess skin laxity causing breast sagging, the skin may need to be removed (mastopexy) to achieve the desired results.
Recovery time is approximately two to four days, with the ability to go back to a desk job in 48 to 72 hours. After surgery, you will be wrapped in gauze and/or an elastic compression garment. Pain can be managed with prescription medications.
Candidates often report the following symptoms and conditions:
- Gynecomastia (feminine-looking breast tissue, linked to hormone causes)
- Sensitive tissue or tenderness on the chest
- Self-consciousness regarding chest appearance
You should reach a stable and healthy body weight before considering this procedure. If you are seeking correction of gynecomastia, it is best to investigate and resolve possible causes of the condition before surgery. To minimize the risk of complications, stop smoking at least three weeks before surgery.
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Results are immediate. However, it takes two to four months for the swelling to go away for the final results to be appreciated. The results should be long lasting, as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle involving a healthy diet and exercise routine.
Male breast reduction/gynecomastia correction can enhance your appearance and self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them frankly with Dr. Aboolian.
To learn more about male breast reduction, contact the Beverly Hills plastic surgery office of Andre Aboolian MD, FACS. Call (310) 888-8862 to schedule your personal consultation.