Gynecomastia Surgery (Male Breast Reduction)
Gynecomastia (or andromastia) is a condition in which a man experiences an enlargement of breast tissue. In the U.S., this condition is treated with male breast reduction surgery which leaves little to no scarring. Dr. Steinbrech and his team at Alpha Male Plastic Surgery have specialized in gynecomastia surgery for men in LA for years. Believe it or not, gynecomastia in men is far more common than most patients understand, affecting approximately between 40 and 60 percent of the entire male population. Regardless of the statistics, though, the condition can certainly cause emotional trauma and low self-esteem. At our practice, we strive to restore our patient’s physique and treat gynecomastia the latest techniques available to male patients in the industry.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Scientifically known as andromastia, gynecomastia in men is characterized by an excess of localized fat tissue or glandular tissue development (or a combination of both). Gynecomastia may occur in one or both of the male breasts. Male breast enlargement can affect men of every age. The specific reason gynecomastia can develop in men includes side effects of certain drugs, disease, hereditary conditions, and most commonly, hormonal changes. Prior to any surgery, patients should be checked to see if there is any medical cause of their gynecomastia.
Dr. Steinbrech and the team at Alpha Male Plastic Surgery, have extensive experience in male breast reduction surgery in Los Angeles. As a team, our goal is to give thousands of men the self-esteem they need to be their best selves. Patients do not have to hide behind loose-fitting clothes or feel insecure about their bodies. Thanks to our scarless, micro-incision process, you can gain a flatter chest without worry.
How Does Gynecomastia Surgery Work?
Male breast reduction surgery can be achieved by liposuction and/or by removing excess glandular tissue. The surgical time is on average two hours and requires local or general anesthesia. You will be required to wear a special compression garment for a period of time during recovery to help support the new contours of your chest. Recovery for this procedure is approximately seven days. The results of gynecomastia surgery are permanent, however, there is a chance of future fat accumulation in the breast area should the patient gain large amounts of weight. At Male Plastic Surgery Los Angeles, we offer MiniGyno™ Incision Treatment with TetherProof™ technology. This technique removes glandular tissue through smaller, more discrete incisions. This gives the patient a more natural result and more confidence when he is at the beach or on the stage in a bodybuilding competition.
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What Are the Different Types of Gynecomastia?
- Type 1 gynecomastia is categorized by nipples that are over-projected or “puffy.” This type is most common in men of a young age. The skin surrounding the breast area is firm with little fat, however large amounts of glandular tissue cause the nipples to protrude. Type 1 gynecomastia can be alleviated by surgically removing the excess tissue.
- Type 2 gynecomastia is the most prevalent amongst men. It’s characterized by rounded breasts that protrude over the lower chest due to their volume. To eliminate this, techniques such as liposuction, surgical removal or in some cases both, are performed to remove the overabundance of fatty and glandular breast tissue.
- Type 3 gynecomastia occurs mostly in older men or in those whose condition has progressed beyond Type 2. Here, the breasts will start to sag below the chest crease, mimicking “man boobs.” To combat this, surgical removal of glandular tissue is required.
- Type 4 gynecomastia occurs with aging and is a result of excess breast tissue that has begun to sag. In this type, both the breast and nipple will appear “droopy” and is slightly more noticeable than Type 3. To resolve this issue, surgical removal of glandular tissue is required to reduce roundness, while measures may also have to be taken to correct sagging skin.
- Type 5 gynecomastia as defined as having sagging breast tissue, which falls below the chest fold, and the bottom of the areola is located above the chest fold. Type 5 gynecomastia requires an anchor lift to properly tighten the chest. Males with Type 5 have extra excess skin that needs to be treated effectively. Dr. Steinbrech will perform both liposuction and surgical removal of breast tissue at the same time for this type of gynecomastia.
- Type 6 gynecomastia can be identified as rounded breasts that fall way below the chest fold and rolls that extend to the back or armpits. This is common in men who have had extreme weight loss or who are currently overweight. To eliminate the fatty deposits and correct skin laxity, liposuction and surgical removal may be required.
- Type 7 gynecomastia has the top of the areola sagging below the level of the chest fold. There may be noticeable volume in the breast which will often extend towards the back. Surgical removal of the breast tissue is the best option for Type 7 gynecomastia to ensure complete removal of all unwanted breast tissue for male patients.
What Is the Recovery Time for Gynecomastia Surgery?
The recovery time for men undergoing gynecomastia surgery is approximately 6 weeks. The self-life of the procedure’s results are permanent and the post-op pain is typically very low for male patients.
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