Male breast enlargement is referred to as “gynecomastia.” Male breast enlargement may be simply due to increased fatty tissue within the breast. However, true gynecomastia refers to enlargement of the male breasts due to increased glandular breast tissue. This can be caused by hormonal imbalances, steroids, various medications, or be persistent after puberty without any true resolution of the enlargement. In cases of true gynecomastia, prior to considering surgical intervention, a medical workup is needed that can be guided by your primary care physician or further discussed with Dr. Coscia. Enlargement of the breasts in a male obviously causes issues with self-confidence and body image. Therefore, after other medical causes of male breast enlargement have been ruled out, surgical intervention may be a very good treatment option.
What is involved with male breast reduction surgery?
Each patient with male breast enlargement is approached differently, as the patterns of male breast enlargement can vary in presentation quite dramatically. Some patients have a slight fullness underneath the nipple. Other patients have a generalized fullness throughout the breast. Still others may have a combination of the above with the addition of excess loose breast skin. During your consultation, Dr. Coscia will perform a physical exam and describe treatment options in your specific case. These surgical interventions can include liposuction, excision of breast tissue, or a combination of both liposuction and excision.
What type of anesthesia is used for this procedure?
Most commonly, general anesthesia is used for male breast reduction surgery. On occasion, IV sedation with the injection of local anesthetic may be used in small cases.
*What should I expect after surgery?
Some discomfort and pain will be present for the first few days to a week. Most patients will take approximately a week off from work. You will also be placed in a compression vest garment to help decrease swelling and improve the contour of the chest. This is usually worn approximately six weeks after surgery. Other potential postoperative restrictions will be discussed on an individual basis.
I am interested. What do I do next?
If you are concerned by male breast enlargement, call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Coscia to talk about surgical treatment options. He can also direct further medical evaluation if necessary.
*Individual results may vary