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Gynecomastia can affect a single breast or both. Excessive male breast tissue often occurs in male babies, in boys during puberty. In these cases, the condition usually resolves naturally. In adult men, an excess of male breast tissue can be painful, and for the majority of men, a cause for embarrassment. 

Treating gynecomastia

If you are one of the many men who feel less confident due to overly-large male breasts, Dr. Stark offers surgical treatment to remove the excess tissue and created a more sculpted, masculine chest. Some men may not require the removal of breast gland tissue, but just the removal of excess fat with liposuction.

What causes gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia can occur due to various physical conditions:

  • A side effect of some medications (steroids, anti-androgens, AIDS medication, antibiotics, heart medications, and many others
  • Alcohol or recreational drug consumption
  • Medical conditions affecting hormone balance (aging, hypogonadism, Klinefelter syndrome, pituitary gland problems)
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Aging
  • Liver conditions
  • Malnutrition
  • Kidney failure

Gynecomastia surgery: What does it entail?

Male breast reduction surgery is a customized procedure based on the condition of the patient. When the breasts are enlarged due to fatty deposits, liposuction can be performed to remove fatty tissue. This procedure is typically performed with local anesthesia. An incision is placed, through which a cannula, a thin hollow needle, is inserted. From there, excess fat is extracted by suction.

For cases in which glandular tissue is creating an overly large breast contour, the glandular tissue must be surgically removed. The incisions may be placed around the nipple area (areola), or in the crease below the chest muscle, so the surgical scars heal to be as invisible as possible. Any excess skin will be removed for a taut, smooth look.

What are the benefits of undergoing gynecomastia surgery?

Men who have larger breasts are usually very unhappy about the condition. They attempt to disguise it by wearing loose shirts, and may rarely choose to go shirtless. Gynecomastia surgery can be life-changing. The benefits include:

  • A firmer, sculpted, more masculine upper chest
  • Improved confidence and quality of life
  • The ability to wear tight shirts without concern
  • Free from worries about exposing your chest at the beach or pool
  • Improved posture

What is the recovery from male breast reduction surgery?

The recovery from surgery requires only a few days of rest, with most men able to return to work or other regular activities within a week or sooner. It will require four to six weeks for the treated area to fully heal. You will be unable to engage in vigorous exercise for three weeks. You may experience a lack of sensation in the treated area, which will resolve with time.

To help speed healing, you will wear an elastic bandage or support garment. For a swift recovery, follow all aftercare instructions, and avoid any activity that could pull, stretch, or put any stress on the incisions. Take all prescribed medications as ordered. Dr. Stark will be monitoring your recovery and will see you in several follow-up appointments to ensure your recovery is proceeding as it should.

Meet the Doctor

Ran Stark, M.D. is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He completed more than 10 years of additional training and residencies after completing his medical degree to become one of the foremost plastic surgeons in the Philadelphia area. His keen attention to detail, artistic eye, and practiced hands help him give his patients consistently exemplary results - but the difference is also in his manner. Dr. Stark makes your goals his own. He will always do the utmost to help you uncover the greatest version of yourself.

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  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plstic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • realself Verified Doctor
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Why Choose StarkMD Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center for gynecomastia surgery?

Male breast reduction surgery requires advanced surgical skills. The outcome should leave your upper chest appearing firm, taut, and masculine. Dr. Ran Stark has extraordinary credentials and is a double board-certified plastic surgeon.

Dr. Stark has dedicated his professional life to the art of plastic surgery and is considered to be among the most talented plastic surgeons for men practicing in the Philadelphia area. You can be confident that your surgery will be performed with the most advanced techniques, meticulous care, and that the outcome is as important to Dr. Stark as it is to you – he is a perfectionist in every aspect of his practice. Dr. Stark can be trusted to achieve a surgical outcome that improves your quality of life and confidence in your body image.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

We at StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center hope this post finds all of our patients safe and healthy. Due to the current COVID-19 situation starting Monday, March 16th, we will limit appointments to those that are necessary only (lacerations or emergencies, post-operative patients needing follow up, etc.). We are still open--feel free to call for questions or to schedule future appointments. Although a difficult decision, we feel this is an important one for the good of our community, our patients and their families. If you are currently scheduled to come in to the office in the next 2 weeks, the office staff will be in touch with you regarding the status of your appointment. For new consultations scheduled in the coming weeks or those of you who wish to schedule in the near future, we are offering video consultations via Skype or FaceTime to get your process started until we see you pre-operatively. Otherwise, you may reschedule your appointments for the soonest we have available after March 31st.

- Your team at StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center