What is Male Breast Reduction?
For many men, excess fat or glandular tissue in the breasts (gynecomastia) is a source of deep self-consciousness. Gynecomastia is a common condition among men; however there are effective surgical treatments that can be performed to eradicate it. Gynecomastia can be caused by a number of factors, including:
- Use of anabolic steroids
- Use of medications containing estrogen
- Use of herbal testosterone additives
Dr. Ramy Alanany is an experienced plastic surgeon who is highly adept at performing male breast reduction procedures for the treatment of gynecomastia. He assures all of his patients that their visit to his practice will be held in the strictest confidence.
The Male Breast Reduction Procedure:
There are two methods of male breast reduction that are commonly utilized. If it is determined that only fatty tissue is causing the appearance of large breasts, and the nipples are in relatively appropriate position, ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (UAL) alone can be an effective remedy. UAL involves using sound waves to break up fat deposits in the chest. Once the fat deposits are broken up, a thin metal tube is inserted into the treatment area to vacuum out the fat cells.
In cases where gynecomastia involves glandular tissue as well as fat and skin, small incisions are made either in the armpit or around the nipple and the excess tissue is extracted. The remaining skin will then be lifted and tightened. Liposuction is also used on the area in order to maximize results.
What to expect after Male Breast Reduction?
Common side effects of male breast reduction include temporary swelling, bruising, and numbness. Light activity can typically be resumed after a few days, but Dr. Ramy Alanany recommends that patients avoid strenuous exercise for at least two to three weeks. Barring weight gain and the use of medications that may cause gynecomastia to return, the results of male breast reduction are usually permanent.