Over-developed breast tissue in men is clinically known as gynecomastia. A more common condition than most people realize, gynecomastia can cause men to feel extremely self-conscious about the way they look. The good news is that gynecomastia can be treated with male breast reduction surgery. Missoula plastic surgeon Stephen P. Hardy can create a more masculine appearance in the pectoral area for men who are bothered by gynecomastia. Dr. Hardy is a highly trained, board-certified plastic surgeon with a reputation for individualized treatment and aesthetic skill. If you would like to learn more about how his skill can help you feel confident in your appearance, contact our practice today.
Gynecomastia is the development of large mammary glands in men, or from the retention of body fat in the chest area. Enlargement may affect one breast (unilateral) or both breasts (bilateral). Genetics, certain medications, hormonal changes, and a number of other factors can cause gynecomastia. Underlying medical conditions affecting liver and kidney function can sometimes contribute to male breast enlargement. If an underlying condition is found, it should be treated first. However, in many cases, no cause is known. Men who are unable to reduce their breasts with diet, exercise, or other interventions, such as discontinuing use of certain supplements, can be good candidates for male breast reduction surgery. Candidates should also be in good health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their surgery.
Male breast reduction surgery removes excessive fat and tissue to improve the appearance of the chest. It is usually performed on an outpatient basis using general or local anesthesia in a procedure that takes about two hours. If excess fat is the primary cause of gynecomastia, liposuction alone may be sufficient. Dr. Hardy will make small incisions around the breast area to gently suction fat from beneath the skin with a tool called a cannula. If excess skin and glandular tissue are the cause, he will use excision techniques. An incision is made around the nipple, allowing the removal of glandular tissue and any excess skin. The nipple may be repositioned to further achieve a natural look. Finally, the incisions are closed.
Prior to surgery, you will discuss your goals and share any questions or concerns with Dr. Hardy, who will determine the individual approach to your surgery. Dr. Hardy will make every effort to create incisions that result in minimal scarring. During the recovery period, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions, and an elastic bandage or support garment may also be worn under clothing to minimize swelling and help with healing. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site, and we will schedule a follow-up visit. Dr. Hardy may prescribe medications to help with recovery and minimize any discomfort.
Typically, benefits of gynecomastia surgery include:
Like all surgery, gynecomastia surgery carries risks. These may include:
The best way to reduce risks and achieve the results you want is to choose an experienced and reputable plastic surgeon. Dr. Hardy has more than 15 years of experience and Ivy League training, as well a national reputation for excellence.
If you would like to learn more about male breast reduction surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hardy. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
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