Male Breast Reduction

Gynecomastia Treatment in Fairfax, VA

Gynecomastia is a relatively common condition characterized by abnormally large, firm breast tissue on males, typically caused by hormone imbalance. For men who suffer from this condition, it’s embarrassing and uncomfortable to go shirtless in public and even in private.

As long as the symptoms do not indicate the presence of a more serious condition, such as a tumor, gynecomastia is not considered serious. However, it is a bothersome condition for males – most choose to ignore it or even gain weight to make it less noticeable.  Male breasts have many nicknames, including our favorites—”moobs” and “moobies”—but even if you’re good-humored about your chest, you probably would rather not have enlarged breasts.

In many cases, surgical removal can alleviate the embarrassment associated with enlarged male breasts, and restore a more masculine appearance to the chest.

Procedure Overview

Quick Facts About Male Breast Reduction

Benefit Flattens & firms chest; treats gynecomastia
Duration of Surgery 1 to 4 hours
Type of Surgery Typically outpatient
Anesthesia Usually general or local
Possible Side Effects Swelling, soreness, numbness, bruising and tiredness
Risks Blood clots, infection, bleeding, poor healing or scarring
Resume Normal Activity 5 to 10 Days
Resume Exercise 2 to 4 Weeks
Related Procedures  Liposuction, CoolSculpting
Price Range $3,901 to $6,013

Who can be affected by gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia can affect newborns, boys going through puberty, and older men. Use of anabolic steroids or other illegal substances can increase the likelihood of this condition.

Common symptoms of gynecomastia include the following:

  • Excess breast tissue or feminine looking breasts
  • Pain in the breast area
  • Swollen nipples
  • Nipple discharge

Some patients see improvement over time without any treatment, and others seek medication. Surgery is a possible solution for those that aren’t successful through such methods. The ideal candidate for male breast reduction should be in good health. Obese men are advised to lose weight before any surgical interventions are considered.

Male Breast Reduction Before and After Photos

About this patient:

This young male was troubled by gynecomastia that developed in adolescence but failed to resolve. This was treated by using a small perareolar incision followed by liposuction of the chest and removal of the remaining breast tissue. The patient regained his confidence and was very satisfied with his result.

How Male Breast Reduction Corrects Symptoms of Gynecomastia

The surgical reduction of male breast tissue requires a small incision around the nipple, where the scar can be easily disguised. Excess skin, tissue, and fat is then removed through surgical techniques and liposuction.

How long is the recovery from male breast reduction surgery?

Some semi-permanent scarring around the areola is common after surgery, but typically fades over time. Immediately after surgery, some bruising and swelling can be expected. A compression garment is worn to ensure proper healing.

Results can take a few months to be fully realized, but once full recovery has taken place, the chest will be more firm and more masculine.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Hess

If you are ready to explore your options for gynecomastia treatment, contact us at Hess Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation. Dr. Hess will discuss your goals and concerns and help you decide whether male breast reduction is right for you.

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