Breast Reduction for Men

Male breast reduction surgery, also known as gynecomastia correction, is designed to reduce excess breast tissue in males using liposuction and surgical excision. The term comes from "gyne," meaning woman and "mastia," meaning breast. Other suitable names for the condition may be "hypermastia" or "macromastia." By removing excess fat and tissue, the patient can realize a flatter, more masculine chest contour.

Dr. Jon Sattler offers male breast reduction at his plastic surgery practice in Glendora, along with a wide variety of procedures for surgical body contouring.

male-breast-reduction-glendoraBefore and After Male Breast Reduction in Glendora, CA
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Who Can Undergo Male Breast Reduction?

Men who suffer from excess breast tissue — a combination of fat and glandular tissue — may be candidates for breast reduction surgery. Along with excess breast tissue, these men can experience sensitivity or tenderness in the area. This combination of symptoms may be diagnosed as gynecomastia.

The cause of gynecomastia is not known, but many physicians believe it is a hormonal problem, and is often connected to drug use and lifestyle. Gynecomastia occurs in both adolescents and adults. For children ages 14-15, the occurrence of male breast enlargement may be as high as 65%, tapering off to just under 8% by age 17. Men may also experience hypermastia between ages 50-70. Possible causes include impaired liver function, testosterone deficiency, and use of estrogen-containing medications or anabolic steroids. Other medications that are believed to possibly lead to gynecomastia may include marijuana, zantac, tagemet and nizoral. Men who seek cosmetic surgery for this problem are often embarrassed that they have the disorder and sometimes even too embarrassed to deal with it.

What Happens During Male Breast Reduction?

Dr. Sattler may ask that you undergo a medical examination prior to surgery in order to get a thorough look at factors that may be causing your condition. An MRI or mammogram may also be requested so that the surgeon can inspect the composition of the breast tissue. The surgery itself lasts approximately 2 hours, and will be conducted under general anesthesia for large removal, local for minor removal.

If the procedure is targeted mostly at removing glandular tissue, the surgeon may use exclusively surgical excision when conducting your male breast reduction. In this case, he will make an incision under the arm or the areola, through which glandular tissue and fat will be removed.

If both fat and glandular tissue need to be removed, then the surgeon will combine the excision approach with liposuction. In the combined approach, liposuction will be performed following the excision. During liposuction, a cannula, or thin tube, is inserted into the tiny incisions that removes the fat by way of a vacuum device. 

How Will I Look and Feel After Male Breast Reduction?

Many men are back to work as quickly as 3-7 days following breast reduction surgery. Expect some swelling, decreased sensation and bruising to occur after surgery. This usually resolves in 2-3 weeks. Dr. Sattler will advise you to postpone exercise for about 4 weeks, and you may need to wait a few months to appreciate the final result of your surgery. It should also be emphasized that regular exercise, and healthy choices and lifestyle are necessary in ensuring lasting results.

Dr. Sattler welcomes your questions and concerns about male breast reduction surgery in LA County. Please contact us at our office in Glendora located near Arcadia and Azusa if you would like to learn more about the cost, risks, and benefits of male breast reduction. You should know that some insurance companies pay for having this procedure done.