Because of weight gain or natural genetics, the male body can accumulate fatty deposits above the pectoral muscles.
Male breast reduction, or gynecomastia surgery, can be an excellent surgical treatment for men uncomfortable with the look of their chest.
At our San Antonio, TX, practice, Dr. Constance Barone uses her artistic eye and surgical precision to create smoother, flatter chests.
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Addressing Gynecomastia How Male Breast Reduction Is Performed
Dr. Barone artfully adjusts her surgical technique to address each man's unique body shape and goals. Gynecomastia surgery may involve simple liposuction alone, or may also include the removal of excess skin tissue.
4D Vaser LipoSelection
If you have pseudogynecomastia, Dr. Barone can use the 4D hi-def VASER® LipoSelection technique to precisely remove fat from the treatment area so we can better achieve the body contouring results you desire. This technique also results in less severe side effects and a faster recovery period.
VASER LipoSelection uses an ultrasound-assisted cannula to liquefy fatty deposits in the pectoral area. Once the excess fat has been liquefied, our surgeon gently suctions it out, creating a smoother, flatter chest area.
If a man has excess breast tissue and skin that contributes to his undesirable pectoral contours, our surgeon can surgically remove it. Often performed in conjunction with liposuction, Dr. Barone uses small incisions for this plastic surgery procedure and is usually able to hide scars in the darkly colored skin of the areola.
To find out if liposuction, breast tissue removal, or a combination of the two is right for you, contact our San Antonio, TX, practice to request your initial consultation.
The Awake Technique
For both liposuction and tissue removal, Dr. Barone uses the awake technique. Rather than using general anesthesia or IV sedation, patients are given a local anesthetic and are kept awake during their treatments. Patients will feel no pain, and can recover in our offices much faster than with IV sedation.
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Recovering From Male Breast Reduction
Following gynecomastia liposuction, men can return to normal physical activities the next day. Side effects can include slight soreness and bruising, and some drainage during the first night following surgery. This is an excellent procedure for men with small to medium amounts of fat deposits in the breast area who want a procedure with fast recovery, minimal to no scarring, and great results.
Tissue Removal Recovery
Men who undergo surgical breast tissue removal have a longer period of recovery than those who undergo liposuction alone. Patients will be required to wear a vest for a day following surgery, and are asked to refrain from vigorous activities for two weeks. During a follow-up appointment, Dr. Barone will make sure that the individual is healing properly, and determine when regular exercise and other activities can resume.
Causes of Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia, or breast enlargement in males, may develop in newborns, boys going through puberty, or men. Most male infants are born with enlarged breasts due to exposure to the mother's estrogen. The effects of the estrogen typically wear off quickly, and swelling typically goes down in two to three weeks.
Hormone changes during puberty, such as an imbalance of testosterone and estrogen, can cause gynecomastia, but swelling of the male breast typically goes away after a few months to a couple of years.
In men, gynecomastia is most commonly due to:
- Reduced testosterone
- Use of anabolic steroids
- Anti-androgens to treat prostate cancer
Some patients are concerned that gynecomastia is a sign of breast cancer. Though the risk is extremely low, we will discuss these concerns during your consultation at our San Antonio practice and ensure that you are healthy before proceeding with treatment.