Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)

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Male Breast Reduction in Bloomington, IL

Roughly 40% of the male population is estimated to have over-developed or enlarged breasts. Potential causes of this condition are hormonal imbalance, obesity, hereditary, steroid use, certain medications, cancer, impaired liver function, or other less common medical issues. Male breast reduction surgery, or gynecomastia, is good solution for men that deal with enlarged breasts, and the surgery not only reduces breast size, but flattens the chest and enhances the natural chest muscles. During the consultation process with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, they will be able to discuss goals and outcomes and also determine if the patient is a suitable candidate for make breast reduction surgery.

Male Breast Reduction Procedure

Our plastic surgeons at Twin City Plastic Surgery utilize liposuction and/or actual excision of the breast tissue to reduce the size of the breast. Liposuction is used when the enlarged breasts are due primarily to excess fatty tissue. With this procedure, the doctor inserts a thin, hollow tube which is moved back and forth to loosen the fat; the fat is then removed with a vacuum. Some men may also need excision and actual removal of the breast tissue to correct the problem, particularly if the size or shape of the areola needs to be reduced.

Recovery

Bandages will cover the areas where incisions were made, and in certain cases, elastic bandages or support garments will be used to minimize swelling. In addition, a small drainage tube might be placed under the surface of the skin in order to remove any excess blood or fluid. As with most of the surgeries performed at Twin City Plastic Surgery, oral medications will be recommended and prescribed to reduce pain and chance of infection.