Gynecomastia is the medical term for an excess of male breast tissue. This condition is typically related to an imbalance of the hormones testosterone and estrogen.
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.
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
- Liver conditions
- 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.
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.