Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men, as well as a number of adolescents. Many men avoid swimming or sporting activities because they have fat on their chests that makes it look like they have breasts. Gynecomastia is a condition in which firm breast tissue forms in males, causing an enlargement of the pectoral region to develop. Gynecomastia may affect one pectoral or both.
Usually discovered at the onset of puberty, there is no known cause of gynecomastia. Although certain drugs like steroids and medical problems have been linked with male breast over development.
“Gynecomastia removal can greatly improve your quality of life. My patients are no longer self-conscious or embarrassed about taking their shirt off in public, or engaging in any activity that they used to avoid,” states Dr. Delgado, a Gynecomastia surgery specialist serving the San Francisco area.
Breast Reduction may be your solution. The size of the breasts is reduced by ultrasonic liposuction and excision to remove the excess glandular tissue. In extreme cases, excess skin may be removed. The result is a flatter, firmer, and better-contoured chest.
The surgery can take from 3 to 4 hours depending on the complexity of the procedure. Male breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure performed with general anesthesia. You will be able to rest following your surgery in the comfort of your own home.
After surgery, patients usually experience slight bruising, swelling and tenderness. It is advised that you rest for the remainder of the day following your surgery, and limit your activity for a couple of days. You may return to work in 5 to 7 days while avoiding strenuous activities for two to three weeks.
It is important to participate in a confidential consultation for breast reduction procedures, so that prospective patients can make informed decisions about the surgery.