Gynecomastia, or “man boobs,” can be devastating to a man’s self-confidence. Gynecomastia surgery is a way to permanently reduce the appearance of male breasts for a flatter, more masculine chest.
What is Gynecomastia Surgery?
Sometimes called male breast reduction, gynecomastia surgery is a procedure that reduces the appearance of enlarged breast tissue or fat on the chest. Gynecomastia has many different causes, including:
- Hormonal changes
- Medication or drug use
Sometimes, gynecomastia has no clear cause. Most men experience gynecomastia at some point (typically during puberty) which then goes away. For some men, gynecomastia does not go away, and surgery is the best solution.
Is Gynecomastia Surgery Right for Me?
Gynecomastia surgery is best for men who are bothered by the appearance of enlarged breasts and who feel embarrassed in situations where it’s common to remove their shirt. If there’s no underlying cause of gynecomastia or it doesn’t subside on its own, then you may be a good candidate for surgery. You should also be in good overall health, at a healthy and stable weight, non-smoking, and have no medical conditions that might impair your recovery.
Your Gynecomastia Procedure
Gynecomastia surgery can be performed using general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation (Dr. Trupiano will decide the right option for you during your consultation). To begin, Dr. Trupiano will create incisions and then perform one of the following techniques on the underlying tissue:
- Surgical excision (best for enlarged breast tissue)
- Liposuction (best for stubborn fat)
In some cases, a combination approach might be used. Dr. Trupiano will also reposition and reduce the areolae and nipples if needed. Once complete, your incisions are closed, and you can return home.
Gynecomastia Surgery Results and Recovery
Gynecomastia surgery typically requires 3-6 weeks of recovery, based on your surgical procedure. During this time, you’ll be given a surgical compression vest to wear as much as possible. This is to help reduce swelling and fluid build-up, and to help the skin adhere to the new contours. You should avoid strenuous activity and exercise until otherwise indicated by Dr. Trupiano. It’s normal to experience swelling and bruising at the surgical site, but this begins to subside within 2-3 weeks. It can take a few months for your final results to settle in, but you can enjoy long-term results with gynecomastia surgery as long as you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
Schedule a Consultation
Gynecomastia surgery can be a life-changing procedure for many men. To learn more about your options, schedule a consultation with one of America’s Top Breast Surgeons, Dr. Trupiano. You can reach our Troy, MI office by calling or filling out our online form.
Can you get rid of gynecomastia without surgery?
The only way to treat true gynecomastia is to undergo male breast reduction surgery.
Can gynecomastia grow back after surgery?
Yes, gynecomastia can grow back after surgery but it is very uncommon. It can grow back with an unhealthy lifestyle and diet. Weight gain and undiagnosed medical issues can contribute to the return.
Can thyroid problems cause gynecomastia?
Thyroid problems can lead to gynecomastia. Specifically, hyperthyroidism can increase estrogen levels and lead to overdeveloped male tissue in men.
Does gynecomastia go away with weight loss?
Gynecomastia may not go away after weight loss. While the excess fat cells may disappear, the excess glandular tissue will still be there.
Does gynecomastia surgery leave scars?
Scarring is possible, but with a qualified surgeon, it should be very minimal and they can place them in a inconspicuous place.
How can gynecomastia be prevented?
The risk of gynecomastia can be reduced by staying away from drugs like anabolic steroids, heroin, and marijuana, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding alcohol or drinking in moderation.
How long do you have to wear a compression garment after gynecomastia?
A compression garment is typically worn for the first few weeks after surgery.
What causes gynecomastia in males?
Hormonal imbalance, genetics, certain medications, an unhealthy lifestyle, or another undiagnosed medical condition are typically the causes of gynecomastia.
What is the best treatment for gynecomastia?
The best treatment for gynecomastia is surgery which reduces the breast size and flatten the mans chest either through liposuction or excision.
Is gynecomastia surgery painful?
General anesthesia or intravenous sedation are used during gynecomastia surgery to prevent feeling any pain.
I can’t thank Dr. Trupiano enough! I was struggling with gynecomastia for most of my life. I was super nervous about the procedure but after talking with Dr. Trupiano he assured me of what to expect and how the whole process would go. I could not be happier with how it came out.
I recommend anyone that’s on the fence or unsure about getting Gynecomastia surgery, to choose Dr. Trupiano as it was a simple, easy and delightful experience!