Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
Southern California Plastic Surgery Group
If you are a man considering breast reduction you are not alone. About half of all men are affected by gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia is a Greek term which roughly translates to "woman-like breasts." Hormonal changes such as puberty, certain medications, and some medical problems can cause the condition. In most cases both breasts are affected, but it can affect just one breast.
Men with gynecomastia often feel self-conscious about their appearance and may avoid certain social situations.
Before performing gynecomastia correction Dr. Hicks will need to rule out certain possible causes of the condition. If your breasts are enlarged due to a medical condition or medications, this underlying cause must be addressed.
Steroid use, cancer, thyroid disorders, and liver disease can all cause gynecomastia. Young men may find that the condition resolves itself once their hormones have stabilized after puberty. Men who are obese will be advised to diet and exercise before undergoing any surgery.
Fully grown, healthy, emotionally stable men, of any age, are good candidates for breast reduction surgery.
Breast reduction surgery for men corrects gynecomastia by removing excess fat and/or glandular tissue, as well as any excess skin, creating a flat, firm chest with manly contours.
Excess breast tissue may consist of fat, glandular tissue, or both. Dr. Hicks will examine your breasts to determine which procedure or combination of procedures will produce the best results.
* Excess glandular tissue is excised with a scalpel
* Excess fat is usually removed with liposuction
* If a large amount of tissue is removed the excess skin will be removed as well
to ensure proper contour after surgery
* Gynecomastia correction may be performed under general anesthesia or under
local anesthesia with sedation
You should arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery and possibly to help out for a day or two. You will be sore for a few days and Dr. Hicks will prescribe pain medication. You should get up and walk around the day after surgery and you may be able to return to work as soon as one or two days after the procedure.
* For the first week or two you will wear a compression garment to reduce
swelling and speed healing
* You should avoid any heavy activity or exercise for about three weeks, and
avoid any activity which might result in a blow to the chest for one month
* Swelling may not fully subside for up to three months
* The incisions should be protected from the sun for at least six months to
prevent discoloration and excessive visibility of scars
Get more familiar with breast reduction for men by viewing our Before and After Gallery.
Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Hicks in Beverly Hills, Long Beach, or Los Angeles, California, to determine if you are a good candidate for gynecomastia. During your consultation Dr. Hicks will evaluate your unique body type and desired results, explain all your treatment options, discuss the outcome you can realistically expect, and answer any questions you may have.