If you have gynecomastia, male breast reduction surgery may be right for you. Gynecomastia is the condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts and is common in men of any age. It may be the result of hormonal changes, heredity, disease, or the use of certain drugs. Gynecomastia can be more than a physical problem – it can cause emotional discomfort and impair an adolescent or adult male’s self-confidence. Some men may avoid certain physical activities and intimacy simply to hide their condition. In general, gynecomastia can be surgically treated by removing excess fat, glandular tissue and/or skin. The result is a better proportioned, more masculine contoured upper body and the freedom and self-confidence to lead an active life.
Where Do I Begin?
A consultation with Dr. Sena is the first step to learn how male breast reduction surgery can improve the appearance of your upper body and produce a more masculine chest contour. A consultation is designed to fully educate you about breast reduction in a non-pressured environment and will include:
• A discussion of your goals and an evaluation of your individual case
• Options available to correct gynecomastia
• Likely outcomes of breast reduction and any risks associated with the procedure
• The prescribed course of treatment recommended by Dr. Sena
Dr. Sena will also answer your questions.
What to Expect
Surgery to correct gynecomastia may be performed in a local facility. It may be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. These decisions will be based on the requirements of your specific procedure and considerations of patient and surgeon preference. Dr. Sena and the assisting staff will fully attend to your comfort and safety.
Once your procedure is completed, dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions and an elastic bandage or support garment may be used to minimize swelling and support the new chest contour as it heals. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood that may collect. Before being released, you and an accompanying family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include:
• How to care for the surgical site
• Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential risk of infection
• Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health
• When to follow-up with Dr. Sena
Results and Outlook
The results of male breast reduction are permanent in many cases. However, if gynecomastia resulted from the use of certain prescription medications, steroids or marijuana, you must be fully free from these substances in order to maintain your results. All scars are permanent, even though some scars may be concealed in the natural contours of the breast. The resulting scars to correct your gynecomastia are a necessary tradeoff for your masculine chest contour. Your improved upper body will likely enhance your self-image and confidence, whether in a shirt and tie, a t-shirt, or baring your chest at the beach.