Male Breast Reduction in Reading
No matter what its cause, gynecomastia – a condition creating overdeveloped or enlarged breasts in men – can be the source of significant emotional discomfort, embarrassment, and lack of self-confidence. Male breast reduction in Reading and Lancaster is the surgical correction of this condition and has provided hundreds of our patients with relief as well as the restoration of self-confidence and pride in their appearance.
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What Causes Gynecomastia?
This condition can be caused by hormonal changes, heredity, aging, disease, or the use of certain drugs. Gynecomastia is characterized by excess localized fat, excess glandular tissue development, or a combination of the two. It may be present in one breast or both. Gynecomastia is more common than you think, occurring in men of all ages, including teenagers.
Who Has Male Breast Reduction?
Dr. Schlechter has seen many men who are distressed by the appearance of feminine, oversized breasts and/or "puffy" nipples. Male breast reduction near Lancaster and Reading at our practice may be a good choice for you if you are healthy and within a normal weight range.
What You Can Expect
Plastic surgery to correct gynecomastia is designed to reduce breast size, flattening the chest contours. Sometimes, the weight of excess breast tissue can cause the breasts to sag, in which case the nipple may also need to be reduced and repositioned. The surgical procedure may be performed alone or in conjunction with liposuction to help remove excess fat.
- Liposuction Technique: In cases where gynecomastia is primarily the result of excess fatty tissue, liposuction techniques alone may be used.
- Incisional Technique: Typically, an incision is made in an inconspicuous location, such as the edge of the areola or under the arm. Working through the incision, Dr. Schlechter removes excess glandular tissue, fat and skin from around the areola and from the sides and bottom of the breast. Major reductions may require larger incisions with resulting scars that are slightly more obvious.
At the Proserpi-Schlechter Center for Plastic Surgery, IV sedation is used for this procedure, administered by our anesthetist who has been with us for 14 years.
Whether excision only, liposuction only, or a combination of both have been used, most men who have male breast reduction surgery will experience some bruising, swelling, and discomfort for a few days after their procedure. To help reduce swelling, a pressure garment may be worn for a week or two. Most men are able to get up and walk around on the day of their surgery and are able to return to work in a few days. Your post-operative instructions will include avoiding heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for about three weeks.
Though results can often be seen right away, it might be several months before the final results of the surgery are apparent. As with any surgical procedure, male breast reduction carries some risks and they will be thoroughly discussed with you during your confidential consultation.