What is Gynecomastia Surgery?
Experiencing an abnormal enlargement of male breast tissue can be a source of discomfort for many men. This condition is known as gynecomastia, colloquially termed “man boobs.”
Men who have this issue tend to avoid situations where they may need to remove their shirts, such as the beach, pool, spas, or the gym.
Gynecomastia is characterized by an excessive amount of fat, glandular tissue, or a combination of both. While gynecomastia is a common condition, this does not lessen the discomfort experienced by those affected. Fortunately, a surgical solution exists to address this issue.
Gynecomastia surgery is commonly referred to as male breast reduction. Enlarged male breasts can be reduced with liposuction and/or by surgically removing excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin.*
To learn more about gynecomastia plastic surgery in Naperville from CCLS, continue reading or schedule a consultation with us today.
Understanding the Different Types of Gynecomastia
There are four distinct types of gynecomastia:
- True Gynecomastia: Enlargement of male breast glandular tissue.
- Pseudo-Gynecomastia: Accumulation of fatty breast tissue due to an increased number and size of fat cells.
- Excessive Skin in the Breast Area: This is common after significant weight loss.
- Combination of the Above: Stretch marks are a common side effect of gynecomastia, regardless of the type.
Typically, gynecomastia affects both breasts, although some individuals may experience enlargement in only one. Gynecomastia can also lead to pain and tenderness in the breast area.
The Goal of Gynecomastia Surgery
The primary objective of gynecomastia surgery in Naperville is to minimize the size of enlarged breasts while tightening the skin. This ultimately enhances the definition of the chest, resulting in a more masculine physique.
Benefits of Gynecomastia Surgery
Men with enlarged breasts often find it hard to feel comfortable in their own body. Male breast reduction in Naperville can bolster a patient’s self-esteem and refine their chest region.
Some benefits of gynecomastia surgery include:
- Decrease in fatty tissue
- Removal of excess, sagging skin
- Areola resizing and repositioning
- Reduction of excess glandular tissue
If you’re self-conscious about your body’s appearance because of male breast enlargement, contact us today. We’ll walk you through a comprehensive consultation to understand your cosmetic goals and discuss your procedure options with you.
Causes of Gynecomastia
In cases of true gynecomastia, persistent hormonal imbalances including elevated estrogen levels are typically the cause.
While hormonal irregularities aren’t always a factor in gynecomastia, overweight males frequently have an underlying metabolic or hormonal disorder. This is true even when weight is the primary cause of breast enlargement.
During adolescence in young males, spikes in testosterone levels with corresponding elevation in estrogen levels can lead to glandular tissue hypertrophy. This is a physiological occurrence and not pathological. Within several months or years, the condition may resolve on its own. However, if it persists beyond 2-3 years, it can become a large insecurity for the affected individual.
Certain substances can trigger gynecomastia. The most notorious include:
- Anabolic Steroids (such as exogenous testosterone)
Usually, substance-induced gynecomastia resolves after the substance is eliminated, but will reappear if usage resumes.
Additionally, certain prescribed medications may also contribute to gynecomastia, such as blood pressure and ulcer drugs.
Who Can Benefit From a Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
Men who are self-conscious about their appearance due to enlarged breasts may benefit from gynecomastia surgery. This can be especially true for those who have lost weight and have excess, sagging skin in the chest region.
Ideal Candidates for Gynecomastia Surgery
Men who possess enlarged breast tissue or excess fat and skin in the chest region are good candidates for gynecomastia surgery. Candidates should also be in good overall health, and have sufficient skin elasticity to adapt to their body’s enhanced contours* after surgery.
Procedure options for male breast reduction include various techniques, such as liposuction and ultrasonic or laser technology. At CCLS, we offer the following:
- Liposuction: Liposuction is the preferred method when fat removal is the main objective. This is usually the case with pseudo-gynecomastia.
- Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction: Fat is liquefied using ultrasound technology. This makes it easier for your cosmetic surgeon to remove the fat.
- Laser-Assisted Liposuction: Low energy waves are used to liquefy fat (thermal lipolysis) and break down dense fibrous tissues, aiding in achieving optimal liposculpture results.
- Breast Gland Excision: Abnormally large and excessive breast glandular tissue is surgically removed. Redundant skin around the breast is also removed. This technique addresses true glandular gynecomastia.
The overarching aim of these procedures is to diminish the size of the breasts while enhancing chest definition. If the term “man boobs” makes you feel self-conscious, gynecomastia surgery might be the solution to your concerns.
There are many non-surgical treatments that can complement the results of gynecomastia surgery. Often, these include procedures aimed at skin-tightening. Talk with one of our qualified plastic surgeons in Naperville to learn more about your options.
Recovery from gynecomastia surgery varies from patient to patient. Most see their final results within 2-3 months after the procedure.
Depending on your job, you may be able to return to work 1 week after surgery. Heavy lifting and strenuous activities should be avoided for a minimum of 6 weeks. Some lower body exercises may be safe to perform 2 weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with post-surgical instructions to optimize your healing process.
You’ll also be required to wear a compression garment around the surgical site for 4-6 weeks.
Gynecomastia Surgery Cost
The cost of gynecomastia surgery depends on the unique nature of your procedure plan. Factors that influence cost include:
- The extent of the surgery
- The employed surgical technique(s)
- Tissue type and volume removed
- Additional treatments
- Whether the areolas require surgical modification
To obtain a clearer cost estimate, contact us at Center for Cosmetic & Laser Surgery to schedule a consultation.
Contact CCLS in Naperville, IL
Male breast reduction surgery can correct gynecomastia and help you achieve the masculine physique you truly want. Contact our cosmetic surgery team at CCLS today to schedule an initial consultation and begin your journey towards true body confidence! Our board certified plastic surgeons are here to ensure your male breast reduction procedure goes as smoothly as possible.