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Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
in Baltimore, MD
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Emile Brown offers a variety of male breast reduction options to patients in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Annapolis and the surrounding areas of Maryland. Gynecomastia is a common condition among men, causing enlarged breast tissue that can be impossible to treat with just diet and exercise. With the male breast reduction, you can achieve a flatter, more masculine chest.
A typical male chest is flat with good muscular definition. However, excessive weight gain, certain medications, and even heredity can cause men to develop what appear to be breasts. These breasts often do not go away, even after losing weight or stopping a medication. This is referred to as gynecomastia and can exist in various degrees from puffy nipples to larger, male breasts. The male breast reduction is a procedure that addresses the various levels of gynecomastia, removing excess skin and tissue to help men achieve a flat chest.
Men who have developed breasts are often very self-conscious about them. As a result, they may abstain from going to the gym, hanging out at the beach, or participating in sports. Many even feel unattractive and may avoid relationships with women because of it. Following a male breast reduction procedure, many guys report that they are able to enjoy life to its fullest again with the relief of gynecomastia symptoms.
- Puffy nipples
- Excess skin on the chest
- Stubborn fat on the chest
- Self-consciousness due to enlarged male breast tissue
A male breast reduction can benefit men who experience any degree of gynecomastia that lowers their self-confidence. Gynecomastia can be caused by a variety of lifestyle factors like medications, obesity, and alcohol use. But if changing your lifestyle and getting regular exercise fail to improve enlarged breast tissue, a male breast reduction can help. The patient must be prepared for minor surgery with some downtime, but patients find the procedure worth it to achieve a well-contoured chest.
There are several different techniques that can be used to address gynecomastia, depending on the severity of male breast tissue present. Dr. Brown may utilize one or both of the following techniques:
Liposuction techniques are used when stubborn fat is the main cause of enlarged breast tissue. Liposuction involves the use of a cannula that is inserted through a tiny incision made in the chest contours. The cannula is used to break up and remove stubborn fat cells, improving the chest contour. This leaves little to scarring and can be performed under local anesthesia if the patient desires.
Many patients’ gynecomastia is caused by enlarged tissue and excess skin. This can be removed with surgical excision. This incision will be made around the areola and possibly under the breast crease. A small amount of tissue and skin can then be removed to flatten the chest.
Patients should take it easy for the first week of their recovery from male breast reduction. Patients can return to work as soon as 3-4 days after surgery, depending on the technique that was used. Movements that involve the chest muscles should be avoided and exercise should be limited until given the OK from Dr. Brown.
Can guys develop breasts?
Men can develop breast tissue for a variety of reasons - this is known as gynecomastia. Sometimes this is because of a hormone imbalance, a certain medication or another medical condition. Often times, the development of breast tissue occurs without any underlying cause. Men sometimes also develop local fatty pockets in the chest area that do not contain any actual breast tissue - this is known as pseudogynecomastia.
What causes gynecomastia in males?
Sometimes gynecomastia develops because of a hormone imbalance, use of a certain medication or another medical condition. Often times, the development of breast tissue occurs without any underlying cause. Men sometimes also develop local fatty pockets in the chest area that do not contain any actual breast tissue - this is known as pseudogynecomastia.
How long do you have to wear a compression garment after gynecomastia?
Compression garments are important to reduce swelling and promote skin contraction after surgery. I have my patients wear a compression garment 24/7 for the first 4 weeks postop. After this, they should wear the garment approximately 12 hours a day for another 4 weeks.
During your consultation at the Aesthetic Center at Woodholme, we will be glad to answer all of your questions, including those pertaining to specific techniques that might affect your cost. We will also help you determine the best method of payment based on your needs and budget. Many times, we are able to offer specials that help patients maximize their cosmetic procedure dollars. On other occasions, we may recommend financing through a major credit card or low-interest financing through CareCredit® or Prosper® Health Care Lending.
If you are anxious to look and feel your best, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Emile Brown today to schedule your male breast reduction consultation. We proudly serve patients from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Annapolis and the surrounding areas of Maryland.