Gynecomastia (also known as male breasts) is a surprisingly common condition; in fact, it’s estimated that 40% to 60% of men will struggle with gynecomastia at some point during their lives. While most cases of male breasts are often caused by puberty and resolved during late adolescence, some men are still afflicted with larger breasts.
Men with gynecomastia may feel self-conscious or embarrassed about the appearance of their chest. Some men may even avoid situations where they need to remove their shirts, including swimming and during intimate activities. As a result, these men may need surgical intervention to feel confident about their appearance again.
What’s Gynecomastia Surgery?
Gynecomastia surgery – or male breast reduction surgery – is designed to remove excessive fatty tissue in the chest area.* Gynecomastia surgery typically involves liposuction of chest fat; sometimes the plastic surgeon may perform skin removal, depending on how much loose skin is left behind after the fat is removed. The surgeon will also remove glandular tissue to prevent the regrowth of fat.
During the gynecomastia procedure, your plastic surgeon will either make incisions around the nipple, or at the bottom of the breast to mimic a pectoral fold. These incisions are designed to be as invisible as possible once the patient has fully recovered from the surgery.
Most patients can anticipate returning back to work or school within 10 to 14 days after the procedure. Patients will see their ideal results several months after the surgical procedure.*
Gynecomastia Surgery in Palo Alto
Ready to feel confident about the appearance of your chest?* Clients in Palo Alto, CA, can contact Illuminate Plastic Surgery, for more information on gynecomastia surgery, as well as what can be expected from the procedure. At Illuminate Plastic Surgery we will customize the procedure based on your needs, so you can get the results you’re looking for. Call 650-433-8621 today to set up a consultation with Dr. David Boudreault.