Gynecomastia – We understand your discomfort and are ready to help!
Gynecomastia is a medical term used to describe excessive breast tissue in males. Although rarely talked about it is actually quite common, affecting 40-60 percent of men at some point in their life. In many cases there is no known cause, but it can be linked to hormonal imbalance, medical conditions or the use of certain drugs. For some, this excess tissue is painful or tender. Others are self-conscious about their appearance. The surgeons at Longwood Plastic Surgery are here to help! We are experienced with all types of gynecomastia from the most mild to extreme cases.
Excess glandular and fatty breast tissue can be removed from the male breasts to achieve a flatter, firmer chest contour. This can be done by making an incision around the areola to remove the glandular tissue, performing liposuction to remove the tissue using a suction cannula, or a combination of both.
Gynecomastia surgery is often performed under general anesthesia and patients return home the day of surgery. The recovery period following gynecomastia surgery lasts about 2-4 weeks. Our patients are given a compression garment prior to leaving the operating room to reduce swelling. Drains are sometimes used to draw off excess fluid and are removed a week or two following surgery. We also ask that you avoid heavy lifting for 4 weeks. Most patients stay off work for a week or less, depending on job description.
Depending on degree of tissue excess gynecomastia surgery may be covered by your insurance company. During your initial office consultation the physician and the staff will give you a clear explanation as to coverage issues and potential out of pocket expense should your insurer deem the procedure cosmetic in nature.
The New You!
For the right candidate, gynecomastia surgery can enhance your appearance and self-confidence. It can make you less uncomfortable. Our surgeons at Longwood Plastic Surgery are happy to discuss your expectations and concerns in detail during your consultation.