Breast reduction for Men, also known as gynecomastia, breast reduction for men is the surgical correction of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men. Plastic surgery to correct gynecomastia is technically called reduction mammaplasty, and reduces breast size, flattening and enhancing the chest contours.
In severe cases of gynecomastia, the weight of excess breast tissue may cause the breasts to sag and stretch the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). In these cases the position and size of the areola can be surgically improved and excess skin may be reduced.
Procedure: Reduce, reshape, and lift larger, sagging breasts by removing excess breast tissue, fat, and skin plus reposition the nipple and areola to a more youthful position. May be covered by insurance, depending on the patient's insurance company criteria, size of patient's breast, body type, and symptoms (bra strap indentions, neck and back pain, shoulder and breast pain, limitation of physical activity, skin rash, or chafing under the breasts).
Length: 3 to 5 hours.
In/Outpatient: 23 hour observation after surgery.
Side Effects: Bruising, swelling, numbness.
Risks: Infection, bleeding, skin loss, wide scars, uneven nipples, asymmetry, need for second procedure to remove additional tissue, partial or complete loss of feeling in nipple or breast, may reduce ability to breast feed.
Recovery: *Back to work: 2-3 weeks. Strenuous activities: 3-6 weeks.
Fading of scars: Several months to a year.
Duration of Results: Permanent. Gravity,, aging, and weight changes may cause new sagging. Reduce or eliminate breast symptoms (neck and back pain, shoulder and breast pain, limitation of physical activity, skin rash or chafing under breasts).