Gynecomastia treatment, or male chest reduction, is a surgical procedure to reduce chest size and improve chest contour. This may be accomplished by liposuction, skin and glandular excision, or a combination of both. Liposuction is ideal for patients with excess glandular tissue and no excess skin. If you have minimal excess skin, some tightening can be accomplished with ultrasound or laser assisted liposuction. If your skin is stretched or if you have excess skin, surgical excision will be required. There are several incision patterns, but the optimum choice for you depends on your surgical goals, and your specific anatomy. Dr. Capuano will make every effort to minimize incisions and place them in hidden areas.
The best candidates for gynecomastia surgery are otherwise healthy men, who are nonsmokers, who want to reduce their breast size or who are embarrassed by the appearance of their breasts. Other common reasons to consider gynecomastia surgery include: reluctance to remove one’s shirt in pubic, social anxiety associated with having large breasts, and desire to improve overall body proportions and contour. Dr. Capuano can help determine if gynecomastia surgery is right for you.
The procedure takes between 1 to 4 hours or more depending on the patient’s anatomy, and surgical needs. The procedure is performed under sedation or general anesthesia, on both an inpatient and an outpatient basis, in a hospital or accredited surgery center. An overnight stay will depend on individual medical condition and extent of surgery.
Most patients are able to return to work within about 1 to 2 weeks. You may begin light exercise at 2-3 weeks, while 6 weeks is required, before returning to strenuous activity or lifting. Bruising may be present for up to 3 weeks. Patients are instructed to wear a light compressive garment for 6 weeks. Although some results are immediately evident, the final result of your gynecomastia surgery may not be apparent for 6 months to a year post operatively. Scars begin to fade from 7 months up to about a year and a half.
Bruising, swelling, soreness, temporary numbness, surgical scars
Risks include bleeding, infection, hematoma, permanent changes in skin or nipple sensation, scarring, nipple or breast asymmetry, prolonged swelling, thick scars.
Dr. Capuano consistently achieves excellent results with gynecomastia surgery. He is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and he would be happy to discuss your options if you are thinking about improving the size and contour of your chest.
Contact the office of the Northern Center for Plastic Surgery at (201)820-5280 to schedule an appointment.