Men’s breast tissues respond to hormone levels, and some of these men develop noticeable enlargement in their breasts when these hormones change. When the hormone levels settle, the breasts usually return to normal. However, if the breasts stay enlarged, surgical treatment may become necessary.
Enlarged male breasts are known as gynecomastia, and this condition can cause physical and emotional discomfort. Gynecomastia is a mixture of fat and breast tissue, similar to that of a female patient. Dr. Goldschmidt offers gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction, for his Cleveland, Ohio, patients to remove extra fat and tissue from the breasts. Thus, this provides a tighter, more masculine chest contour.
Gynecomastia develops for many reasons and can result in a troublesome appearance. All men have a small amount of breast tissue that fluctuates in size, especially in times like puberty. While gynecomastia stables and reverts for some patients, others find that surgical treatment is required. Contributing factors include glandular problems (caused by hormones or tumors), side effects of medication (such as medication for prostate enlargement), and drug or alcohol use. Male patients who are concerned with the size of their breasts and whose breast development has stabilized should schedule a consultation with Dr. Goldschmidt. Moreover, every situation is slightly different, so patients require evaluation to determine the best course of action.
gynecomastia surgery Procedure
Mild enlargement of the breasts may only require liposuction to reduce breast fat. In cases of moderate enlargement, Dr. Goldschmidt can combine liposuction with the surgical removal of excess breast tissue. He may also use ultrasonic liposuction (VASERlipo®) 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.
gynecomastia surgery recovery
Patients typically experience discomfort, swelling, and bruising for the first few days of their gynecomastia surgery recovery. Patients should wear a compression garment to support their chest as it heals. In some cases, Dr. Goldschmidt may place a small drainage tube 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. Additionally, patients should follow all postoperative instructions carefully to minimize the risk of complications.
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. Furthermore, 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. Most men find that their gynecomastia surgery scars are easy to conceal.
All surgeries carry some risk of problems afterward. Fortunately, these risks are rare. The most common issues following gynecomastia surgery are skin irregularities, asymmetry, nipple numbness, scarring, residual glandular tissue, healing problems, and pain.
What is the average cost of gynecomastia surgery?
The cost of your gynecomastia surgery will depend on the extent of your procedure. Gynecomastia surgery is tailored to the specific needs of the patient. Some men require liposuction while others benefit from skin and tissue removal. Therefore, the final price will reflect the techniques applied and factor in additional fees from the anesthetic, facility, and post-surgical dressings.
Is gynecomastia surgery safe?
Gynecomastia is a safe procedure that rarely results in any long-term complications. Unfortunately, as with any surgical procedure, risks are present. Gynecomastia surgery side effects include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Blood clots
- Change in skin or nipple feeling
- Fat loss/death
- Poor wound healing
Major complications are rare. However, patients should understand the risks and discuss their full medical history with Dr. Goldschmidt.
Does insurance cover gynecomastia surgery?
Gynecomastia surgery is considered to be an elective, cosmetic procedure and is therefore not covered by insurance. Dr. Goldschmidt offers financing options through CareCredit™ and United Medical Credit.
Can gynecomastia surgery cause cancer?
There is no link between gynecomastia surgery and an increased risk of cancer. If anything, since the surgery removes excess breast tissue, it may reduce your risk because there is less tissue present to develop cancer. Ultimately, gynecomastia or male breast reduction surgery has no impact on cancer risk.
Does gynecomastia surgery leave scars?
For patients who undergo skin or tissue excision, scars will be present at the incision sites. Dr. Goldschmidt will make an incision around the areola or in the natural creases of the skin so that they will be well hidden and easily concealed. For men who are concerned about their scars, they should keep their healing incisions out of the sun, avoid extra stress and trauma on the area during recovery, and use silicone strips and gel to minimize the brightness of scars. All scars will fade with time.
For more information about Male Breast Surgery in Cleveland, OH or to schedule your Male Breast Surgery in Cleveland, OH consultation with Dr. Matt Goldschmidt, please call (216) 350-3175.