Gynecomastia: Breast Reduction in Men
Gynecomastia is a medical term that comes from the Greek words for “woman-like breasts”. It refers to the swelling of breast tissue in men or boys. Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60% of men. It may affect only one breast or both. Males may develop gynecomastia as a result of normal changes in hormone levels, although other causes do exist.
Gynecomastia can leave some men feeling embarrassed or self-conscious about their appearance. Medical professionals and cosmetic surgeons can treat this hormonal imbalance. For men who feel self-conscious about their appearance due to what is commonly referred to as “man boobs,” breast reduction surgery can help. Dr. Wigoda and his team specialize in Gynecomastia, also known as breast reduction for men in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. The procedure removes fat and or glandular tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases remove excess skin, resulting in a chest that is flatter, firmer, and better contoured.
Who is a Candidate for Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is an effective procedure that works best if you are experiencing swollen breast gland tissue, breast tenderness, pain, and swelling.
Candidates for Gynecomastia in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami area include:
- Healthy individuals who do not have life threatening illnesses
- Nonsmokers and non-drug users
- Men with realistic expectations
- Men who are uncomfortable with the appearance of their breasts
- Aging men, since aging may promote decreases in testosterone production that can cause the problem
How Is Cosmetic Gynecomastia Performed?
It’s important to find a trusted surgeon that you are comfortable with. Dr. Wigoda places an emphasis on cosmetic surgery that involves less pain, less swelling, and less downtime than other cosmetic surgery centers.
If excess glandular tissue is the primary cause of the breast enlargement, it will be excised, or cut out. An incision is made in an inconspicuous location.
If your gynecomastia consists primarily of excessive fatty tissue, Dr. Wigoda will likely use liposuction to remove the excess fat. A small incision, less than a half-inch in length, is made around the edge of the areola. A cannula, which is attached to a vacuum pump, is then inserted into the incision. The cannula is moved through the fat suctioning it out.
In some cases, excess skin may have to be removed to allow the remaining skin to firmly re-adjust to the new breast contour.
Gynecomastia surgery can enhance your appearance and self-confidence. The results of the procedure are significant and permanent.
Post-surgery, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions to minimize swelling and support the new chest contour. Dr. Wigoda and his attentive staff will provide you with post-surgical care instructions to ensure a quick, easy recovery.
If you’re interested in learning more about an easy, affordable, and safe male breast reduction procedure in Fort Lauderdale or Miami, contact our office today for a free consultation, or complete a virtual consultation online. Let us help you feel confident with your appearance!