A Brief Overview of Surgical Treatment for Gynecomastia
Among the Plastic Surgery options for men offered at my practice, one of the most popular treatments includes contouring of the chest region. Gynecomastia, or male breast tissue development, can occur for many reasons, including genetics, hormonal imbalances, excessive use of marijuana, and other rare situations related to overproduction of female hormones such as a pituitary tumor. Most recently, I have seen several young men present with a firm area of gynecomastia behind one nipple following use of muscle-building fitness supplements.
Men want to have a muscular physique, which includes the chest. Plastic Surgery for the chest in men usually involves ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (UAL), which helps to break up the firm, fibrous tissue before suctioning it out. Sometimes surgical excision of the excess breast tissue is also required. The treatment is tailored to each man’s anatomy and his goals for the procedure.
Incisions are generally hidden in the natural crease at the base of the breast and are usually only two millimeters in diameter for UAL liposuction. A small incision at the base of the areola (where the colored skin of the areola meets the chest skin) may also be employed. The chest hair does not generally need to be shaved before surgery, and exercise can resume within a week or two after this effective outpatient procedure, depending on the details of surgery. To learn more about contouring of the male chest, visit the male breast reduction section of my website.