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Male Breast Reduction

Male Breast Reduction

Male Breast Reduction in Scottsdale & Phoenix

Most people tend to think of breast surgery as surgery for women.  While procedures like breast augmentation, breast lift and breast reduction are certainly for women, breast procedures can help men achieve their desired look as well. In most cases, male cosmetic breast surgery is recommended to reduce excess fat and tissue in the pectoral area. Surgical techniques for male breast reduction can have a positive impact on confidence and self-esteem.   Men can wear form-fitting clothing or go shirtless at the pool or on hot days after never being able to do this before.

If you are considering male breast reduction in the Scottsdale or Phoenix area, trust board-certified plastic surgeon, Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS. Dr. Weinrach has years of experience performing natural-looking body contouring procedures and can sculpt the masculine physique you need to feel confident.

Gynecomastia Surgery in Scottsdale & Phoenix with Dr. Weinrach

Many men who seek out male breast reduction have a condition called gynecomastia, which causes overdeveloped breast tissue and can occur at any age due to heredity, hormonal changes, the use of certain drugs, or obesity.  The condition is characterized by excess localized fat, excess tissue development, excess skin, and the enlargement of one or both breasts. In extreme cases of gynecomastia, excess breast tissue creates sagging skin and enlarged areolas. There are a variety of cosmetic procedures available that can address these issues to improve the overall appearance of the chest, allowing you to look more lean, fit, and masculine.  

Gynecomastia “grades”:  There is no one standard grading or classification system for the different types of gynecomastia.  Many different grading systems have been developed by various authors, using complex systems of letters and numbers to describe the different ways gynecomastia can present itself.   It is really quite simple and rather than relying on a complicated grading system, it is best to understand that gynecomastia is due to one or a combination of these three problems:

  • excess fatty tissue
  • excess “glandular” tissue (men do not really have glands like women but have ductal and connective tissue)
  • excess skin

Each of this issues if present are treated in different ways which are discussed further in the next section.

Gynecomastia can inhibit certain activities, affect what a patient wears, and cause him to hide behind baggy clothing. It can be especially difficult for young men who are developing their sense of self and who may be bullied or teased due to their condition. While this condition can be damaging to a patient’s self-confidence, there are procedures that can help restore your physical appearance and allow you to feel more like yourself.

Gynecomastia and Breast Reduction Techniques

In most cases, a male breast reduction is completed with liposuction, tissue excision (removal), or both.  Gynecomastia caused by excess fat is treated with liposuction.  To do this,  tumescent fluid is first applied to the area of concern after administration of general anesthesia.  This fluid, in addition to salt water, contains a local anesthetic as well as epinephrine, which greatly reduces blood loss.   A thin metal tube called a cannula is placed through a small incision in the breast area. The cannula is attached to suction and is moved in a controlled motion to loosen excess fat, which it safely removes from the body.  

In cases where there is excess breast tissue, an direct excision technique is done.  During this procedure, an incision is made where the lower border of the areola meets the skin.  This provides access to the firm tissue underneath the areola so that it can be surgically removed. In cases where gynecomastia is due to both excess fat and breast tissue, a combination of both liposuction and excision can be done.  

More severe cases of gynecomastia involving large excesses of skin require removal of the extra skin as well.  This is a much more unusual situation but does require longer incisions resulting in more scarring.   However most patients with this situation find that the greatly improved contour of their chest is a worthwhile tradeoff for the scars.

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Make your aesthetic goals a reality. Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS and his team look forward to exceeding your expectations. Schedule a personalized consult with Dr. Weinrach by clicking below.

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Ideal Candidates for Male Breast Reduction

Men who are embarrassed by their excess breast fat or tissue and are in good general health are excellent candidates for this procedure. Patients should no longer be using medications that are known to cause gynecomastia. Especially good candidates for male breast reduction are non-smokers who are at or near their goal weight.

In some cases, gynecomastia that is present in teens due to puberty resolves itself with age. If this is not the case, however, it’s an excellent idea to discuss your goals with a plastic surgeon.

Recovery from Gynecomastia Surgery

Once your procedure is complete, you will be sent home with dressings or bandages applied to your incisions and a support garment that will help reduce swelling and support your new chest contours. Occasionally, a temporary drain may be placed under the skin to assist with swelling. Dr. Weinrach will advise you which medications to take and how to care for your incisions so they heal properly.

Most of those who undergo male breast reduction are back to their normal schedules within a week or two after surgery. However, Dr. Weinrach advises that his patients avoid strenuous activity that uses the chest muscles  for at least a few weeks after surgery.  You can usually resume weight bearing exercise six weeks after surgery.

Results of Male Breast Reduction Surgery

The results of male breast reduction surgery are permanent. However, factors such as weight gain or use of substances such as hormonal supplements or marijuana  can cause more tissue growth in the area.  Maintaining a stable weight and avoiding supplements and medications that are known to cause gynecomastia will help maintain your results.  Dr. Weinrach takes special care to make incisions as inconspicuous as possible.   Most of Dr. Weinrach’s patients find that male breast reduction has a big impact on their self-image.  They are able to wear tighter fitting clothing and participate in more activities than ever before.

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Schedule A Male Breast Reduction Consultation with Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS

The best way to find out if male breast reduction surgery is right for you is to have a consultation with Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS. During your consultation, he will perform a physical examination and learn more about your health history to determine which procedures may be best for you. Be sure to ask any questions you have during the consultation about preparing for the surgery, the surgery itself, or the recovery and results of your procedure. You may also want to look at before and after photos of others who have undergone the treatment for gynecomastia.

You do not have to live with enlarged male breasts. Contact Dr. Weinrach today to learn more about male breast reduction surgery.

Please note: We are unable to accept insurance coverage for male breast reduction procedures, as we are not contracted with any insurance companies.

gynecomastia and male breast reduction faqs

This somewhat depends on the procedure done.  Cases involving a direct excision of a small amount of  glandular type tissue will have a shorter recovery than cases that include liposuction and larger resections.   Even with larger cases however, most people can return to work within days.  Compression garments are worn under clothing for the first two weeks for liposuction cases, than at night only for another two weeks.  

This depends on the extent of the problem and the surgery required to correct it.  Cases involving a direct removal of a small amount of tissue on one side cost less than large cases involving both sides and needing a combination of direct excision, liposuction and skin removal.    The only way to determine an accurate cost is to have a consultation with Dr. Weinrach to evaluate you and determine your plan.

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