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Male Breast Surgery

All men have a small amount of breast tissue that can respond to fluctuations in hormone levels, especially during puberty. Teenage boys can develop enlarged breasts, which may last for several years. However, as hormone levels begin to settle, the breasts usually return to normal.
Male breast surgery is a cosmetic surgical procedure in Cleveland, Ohio. Men seek male breast surgery to enhance their appearance and improve their confidence.

When the breasts remain enlarged, it is known as gynecomastia, which can cause both physical and emotional discomfort. Other contributing factors include glandular problems, side effects of medications, and drug or alcohol use. Male breast surgery is designed to remove excess fat and tissue from the breasts and provide a tighter, more defined chest appearance.

Candidates

Male patients who are concerned with the size of their breasts and whose breast development has stabilized should schedule a consultation with Dr. Goldschmidt. Every situation is slightly different, so evaluation will be necessary to determine the best course of action. Endocrine abnormalities may be due to testicular or pituitary tumors, so an exam by an internal medicine doctor or endocrinologist should be performed. Other tests may be necessary depending on the situation.

Procedure

Mild enlargement of the breasts may only require liposuction to reduce breast fat. In cases of moderate enlargement, liposuction can be combined with the surgical removal of excess breast tissue. Ultrasonic liposuction (VASERlipo®) can often be used to break up fatty tissue and assist in skin tightening. Severe cases of breast enlargement, and sometimes massive weight loss, may require traditional breast surgery to remove additional loose skin and breast tissue and reposition the nipples.

Recovery

Patients typically experience discomfort, swelling, and bruising for the first few days after surgery. A compression garment should be worn to support your chest as it heals. In some cases, a small drainage tube may be applied under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid. Many patients resume work after a few days, but it can a few weeks for you to fully recover. All postoperative instructions should be followed carefully to minimize the risk of complications.

Results

Male breast surgery is designed to reduce the size of the breasts and reshape the chest contour for a natural, masculine appearance. Results are usually visible immediately and improve over time. As swelling and bruising resolve, the incisions should begin to fade and satisfaction with your new body contour should continue to grow while you recover.

For more information about Male Breast Surgery or to schedule your Male Breast Surgery consultation with Dr. Matt Goldschmidt, please call (216) 350-3175.
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