Male breast reduction surgery is a common procedure for men with Gynecomastia, also known as enlarged breasts. Men who suffer from Gynecomastia, often have self-esteem issues due to the shape and size of their breasts. Many men with Gynecomastia try to decrease the size of their breasts through exercise. Unfortunately, exercise has little to no impact on the breast size of these men.
What should I do if I have Gynecomastia?
For men with enlarged breasts, male breast reduction surgery is the best option. This procedure involves two steps: liposuction and then a small breast incision to get any leftover glandular tissue.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery Consultation
At Artisan Plastic Surgery of Joliet, we will provide you with all the details you need to make an educated decision in regards to male breast reduction surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Schneider will go over everything involved in this procedure, including how to prepare for surgery and what to expect days and weeks after the surgery is performed.
Patients are encouraged to bring photos with them to help Dr. Schneider get a sense of what they would like to accomplish with the procedure. Once the initial consultation is completed, Dr. Schneider will perform a health examination. After the examination, Dr. Schneider will discuss what procedures would work best with your specific case. We understand this type of surgery is a very personal decision to make and are here for any questions you have.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery Expectations
The time it takes to complete a male breast reduction surgery is different for every patient. However, the average time of this procedure is 2-5 hours. Male Breast Reduction is done under general anesthesia and most patients go home the same day of surgery. It is important to note that more complicated surgeries will require an overnight stay for observation. After the surgery, patients will need at least one week to recuperate.
Recovery Period After Male Breast Reduction Surgery
After a male breast reduction procedure, men can expect a great deal of swelling and bruising. After about one week the bruising will subside. The swelling may not completely disappear for a few weeks to a couple months after the procedure. For the first few weeks after surgery, patients should plan to limit their activity. In addition to taking it easy, men should also expect to wear a compression garment to help control swelling. 4-6 weeks after surgery, men can return to their typical lifestyle.
Risks Associated with a Male Breast Reduction Surgery
As with all surgical procedures, there are some risks associated with surgery to reduce gynecomastia. During your consultation, Dr. Schneider will make sure you understand all the risks and possible complications associated with male breast reduction surgery.
Male Breast Reduction Consultation with Dr. Schneider
If you are thinking about having male breast reduction surgery, contact Artisan Plastic Surgery of Joliet to schedule your consultation with Dr. Schneider.