Gynecomastia surgery, also known as male breast reduction, is the surgical correction of overdeveloped or enlarged breasts in men. The surgery reduces breast size in men to flatten and contour the chest.
CANDIDATES FOR GYNECOMASTIA
Men or adolescent males with gynecomastia, large breasts, consisting of excess breast tissue, fatty tissue and/or skin
GOALS OF A GYNECOMASTIA
A chest without large breasts
More confidence going shirtless
What to Expect at your Consultation
Drs. Perrotta and Luppens will devote as much time as necessary to discuss your individual goals and needs with you. After a focused physical examination, your surgeon will provide preliminary recommendations and explain what you can expect from surgery.
Once your surgeon determines his surgical plan, our aesthetic coordinator will produce a written quote, which lists all costs of your proposed surgery so that there are no surprises. At that time, an appointment is set for your pre-op visit.
Much is covered during your pre-op visit. First, one of our highly trained medical assistants will take pre-op photos. Next, your surgeon will explain the surgical technique to you and thoroughly inform you as to what you can expect, including any potential complications. Note that all procedures involve some risk, but major complications are rare. Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Luppens will then obtain a more complete medical history from you and perform a final pre-op physical examination, including a check of your vital functions to ensure that you are physically fit for surgery. All informed consents for surgery will be filled out at this appointment and final payments are due at this time. You will be notified 24 hours prior to your surgery with your arrival time.
If the breasts are large but there is not a significant amount of excess skin, removal of breast tissue and surrounding fat usually suffices. The plastic surgeon achieves this by sharp dissection or liposuction. If there is also a significant amount of excess skin, the plastic surgeon also removes some skin in the form of a donut or some other configuration. Most cases require local anesthetic plus IV sedation. Large cases require general anesthesia.
The O.R. team applies light dressings and either an elastic garment or ace bandages. Initial discomfort subsides daily and can be controlled with oral medication. Most patients are able to return to work after approximately one to two weeks. Scars will usually fade in 6-12 months.