Some men will develop excess tissue in their chest during adolescence. The result can be an appearance similar to a woman’s breasts. Known as gynecomastia, this condition accounts for roughly 65 percent of male breast disorders. It is often caused by a hormonal imbalance, the use of steroids or certain medications containing estrogen. With facilities in Houston, Katy, and Pearland, TX, plastic surgeon, Dr. Lapuerta, offers men the opportunity to reduce the size of their breasts and improve the look of their chest. Men who are overweight are encouraged to lose weight prior to undergoing this surgery.
Breast reduction surgery for men is done through a special liposuction technique. Some men with milder cases of gynecomastia may only require liposuction to attain good results. This is performed to remove the fatty tissue residing under the skin. During this approach, a small incision is made around the areola (intra-areolar). This allows access for a suction device to move through the chest and remove fat and tissue. In severe gynecomastia cases, an en bloc resection of excessive breast tissue and tightening of loose skin may be necessary. This includes nipple grafting and may require a staged surgery.
All male breast reduction procedures are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure at an accredited surgical facility. The surgery typically lasts about an hour. Following surgery, there will be some swelling and a compression garment should be worn for 1-2 weeks. Most patients are able to resume normal work schedules within a few days and incorporate exercise within 4 weeks. This surgery allows men to feel more confident when exposing their chest due to a firmer, flatter chest. In most cases, scarring is inconspicuous.
The cost of male breast reduction varies based on the extent of the surgery. The cost for gynecomastia surgery runs from $5,000 to $8,000 depending on the patient's particulars.