Gregory Diehl, M.D.

Specializing in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Skin Cancer

Board Certified in Plastic Surgery since 1992

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Gynecomastia Surgery for a More Masculine Chest


Published on July 25, 2016 by
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Men with an excess of breast tissue have a condition known as gynecomastia. The growth of abnormally large male breasts can occur due to a number of reasons. It may be due to hormonal disorders, accumulation of excessive fat, use of steroids, or the growth of tumors.

Those experiencing this condition often feel very self-conscious about their bodies. Diet and exercise can only do so much when it comes to stubborn fat and excess glandular tissue.

Surgery is done when other methods of reducing male breasts do not show any desired results. In gynecomastia surgery (also known as male breast reduction surgery), glandular tissue, fatty tissue, and sometimes excess skin are removed. The procedure is able to give patients a flatter, firmer, and more masculine-looking chest.

Liposuction

Gynecomastia, or enlarged breasts, can be treated by liposuction, which is a less invasive procedure than full gynecomastia surgery. A small incision is made on each side of the chest. These incisions may be made along the edge of the areola (pigmented skin around the nipple) or within the armpit.

Excess fat gets suctioned out of the region through the incisions with the help of a cannula.

Tissue Excision

Tissue excision is meant for removal of greater amounts of glandular breast tissue or excessive skin. In some cases, a combination of excision and liposuction will be performed.

Incisions are made along the edges of the pigmented skin around the areola or along the natural creases of the chest. The excess tissues and skin is removed, and the incisions are closed.

After Your Operation

There may be some swelling, bruising, and soreness in the surgical area following this procedure. These issues are only temporary and typically very minimal. You will be given a compression garment to wear for a couple of weeks after the surgery. This garment will help to reduce the swelling faster and will provide support to the healing tissues.

It’s vital to avoid straining yourself too much during the first month of recovery. Exercising is not allowed for two weeks. Patients can usually return to work within a week.

After the procedure is over, it is important that you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Remember, weight gain can cause gynecomastia to come back. You should also avoid any drugs that can affect the level of testosterone in your body.

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Gynecomastia surgery should only be performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Gregory Diehl, an expert board-certified plastic surgeon serving the Long Island region, is the perfect choice for your male breast reduction. Schedule a consultation – contact our office today.

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