Each year, thousands of men choose to have male breast reduction surgery to address gynecomastia: excess tissue within and around the breasts. The condition affects about one-third of the adult male population.
Gynecomastia surgery can resolve the issue completely. Typically, the Beverly Hills patients that William Bruno Plastic Surgery support with surgery want to:
- Change or restore their appearance.
- Feel more confident wearing tight-fitting clothing.
- Be more comfortable going shirtless at the beach.
Dr. Bruno has significant experience in male breast reduction surgery and can evaluate your concerns to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
*Individual results may vary
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About Gynecomastia Surgery
During your initial consultation, Dr. Bruno will examine the area and determine the extent of the gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia patients may have a specific root cause of the condition: significant weight change, steroid use, excessive marijuana smoking, certain medications, and liver disease, among others. However the most common cause is “idiopathic,” which means the reason is unknown. Dr. Bruno can discuss behavioral changes that, when combined with surgery, can offer a long-term solution to the condition.
After several consultations with our practice, Dr. Bruno performs your surgery at an outpatient facility under general anesthesia. The surgery lasts between one and two hours.
Typically, Dr. Bruno begins by liposuctioning the affected areas of the chest to remove excess fatty tissue. Then, he directly excises (removes) extra breast tissue using a small incision around the lower border of the areola.
Factors to Consider
Gynecomastia surgery has a few complications about which you should be aware. Some of the most common include numbness around the nipple (usually temporary), bleeding, infection, irregular contour, and inverted or indented nipples. Dr. Bruno is a board-certified surgeon who uses best medical practices, outlined by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to avoid these complications and can address irregularities in a follow-up liposuction or fat grafting procedure.
Many Beverly Hills patients want to know the extent of scarring in the surgery. In typical procedures, scarring is minimal and not very noticeable. Dr. Bruno advises patients to use silicone gels after surgery to accelerate the healing process.
The location of scars depends on the degree of loose skin you have. In some very extreme cases—such as massive weight loss from surgery or LAP-BAND—patients may require removal and replacement of their nipple / areola to allow for adequate skin removal and a better contour.
Your Gynecomastia Recovery and Results
Following surgery, most Beverly Hills gynecomastia patients can get back to work in about three days.
During this time, you can expect to take pain medication, such as Vicodin. You will also wear a compressive vest that provides support to the chest area so that the surgical site can heal. Dr. Bruno also recommends avoiding intense physical activity in the four first weeks after surgery.
Your results are usually quite noticeable within the first few weeks as swelling resolves. It can take several months to see the final outcome since your skin needs time to contract to the new chest contour. After that, you should be able to enjoy the results of your surgery.
If you have been considering male breast reduction, contact the Beverly Hills offices of William Bruno Plastic Surgery to discuss gynecomastia surgery. Call (310) 461-3855.