Male Breast Reduction
Gynecomastia is the over-development of male breast tissue and may be a significant source of embarrassment and poor self-image. Up to sixty percent of men worldwide exhibit some degree of gynecomastia. Typically, it can be caused by a variety of factors including inherited traits, obesity, steroid use, marijuana use, metabolic disorders, and certain medications. Many cases will spontaneously resolve, but severe cases necessitate a medical workup and possible surgical treatment.
*Individual results may vary.
Gynecomastia surgery is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Occasionally, the over-developed breast is due to abnormal growth of fatty tissue and is best treated with liposuction. In the majority of cases, the breast growth is due to abnormal growth of fibrous glandular tissue and is only remedied by direct excision. An incision is placed precisely along the areolar border (junction of dark and light skin) of the nipple, and the thickened breast gland beneath is removed. Temporary surgical drains are routinely used when tissue is directly excised.
Post-operative discomfort is minimal and well-tolerated with oral pain medicine after gynecomastia surgery. If surgical drains are used, they are usually removed in clinic at the end of the first week. You can expect to wear a chest compression garment for three weeks after surgery to minimize fluid accumulation and to promote proper healing. You will be able to return to work and normal daily activities within two to three days and can return to the gym after two weeks.
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For more information about Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia) or other plastic surgery procedures, please contact Kyle Song M.D. to set up a consultation by calling (949) 701-4454 or by completing our convenient online request form. Dr. Song will work closely with you to develop a surgical plan designed to deliver the look you want. Kyle Song M.D. serves the Irvine & Orange County, CA areas.