Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia) in Sugar Land – Houston Texas
Gynecomastia or male breast reduction is a surgical procedure that removes excess breast or fatty tissue from a man’s chest. Starting in childhood and adolescence, many male children develop excess fatty deposits on their chests similar to breast tissue. In a significant percent of these patients, the excess tissue fails to resolve and these male patients have a persistence of ‘breast tissue’ for life. Many men are uncomfortable taking off their shirt in public or at the beach. Some wear loose shirts or compression vests to hide it. Male breast reduction can remove this excess tissue and restore the chest contour to normal. Imagine taking your shirt off at the pool or beach without feeling self-conscious!
Reasons for Considering Gynecomastia Surgery or Male Breast Reduction Surgery:
- Presence of prominent male breast tissue
- Inability to improve with diet and exercise
- Embarrassment or insecurity with one’s body
The Male Breast Reduction Procedure:
The specific procedure selected to treat gynecomastia and reduce the male breasts depends upon the extent of the fatty tissue present. In patients with mild excess of tissue present. Liposuction alone may be sufficient to produce desirable results. Here tiny incisions are made and a narrow cannula is used to inject a tumescent solution into the breast tissue. Next liposuction of the area is performed and the excess fatty breast tissue is suctioned and removed. This can create a marked improvement in the contour of the chest. In patients with a moderate to severe excess of tissue, surgical excision is usually needed in addition to liposuction. Here an incision is neatly placed around the areola, so that the scar is well hidden after surgery,and the excess fatty tissue beneath is directly excised. The excised tissue is carefully tapered to produce a natural contour.
Male breast reduction surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure and usually takes anywhere from one to three hours depending on the amount of breast tissue present and type of procedure performed. Patients are typically discharged home later the same day following surgery.A complimentary consultation and simple physical exam with Dr. Nguyen at Sugar Land Plastic Surgery will determine if you are a candidate for this procedure.
Recovery following Male Breast Reduction:
Depending on the type of male breast reduction performed for gynecomastia, your time off from work may be as little as a weekend or as long as a week, depending on your line of work. After surgery your chest will be wrapped in a special compression binder. This binder will need to be worn for about a month. In general the procedure is very well tolerated. Pain after surgery is usually very well controlled with oral pain medications.
Dr. Nguyen will ask you to refrain from any strenuous activity for anywhere from two to four weeks, depending on the type of surgery performed. Complications after male breast reduction are rare, and can be minimized by carefully following Dr. Nguyen’s post-op instructions.
Schedule a Consultation
For more information on male breast reduction surgery contact board certified plastic surgeon John T. Nguyen, MD today at our Sugar Land Texas location at 281-980-8000. Serving the Houston Texas area.