Men suffering from gynecomastia know the pain and embarrassment of having enlarged breasts that can take on a feminine appearance. This could be associated with gynecomastia, a condition caused by a possible hormone imbalance, which leads to men having extraneous breast tissue. Houston area cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Sumpter, uses male breast reduction surgery for these patients. She will go in and remove excessive tissue and fat and sculpt the chest for a more masculine look. Dr. Sumpter aims to restore not only a man’s appearance, but his emotional well-being, as well.
Men who are self-conscious because of larger than normal breasts are candidates for this surgery. Dr. Sumpter will provide a thorough assessment to establish if gynecomastia is the condition causing the enlargement. Men should be at or near a healthy weight and have relatively good skin tone. If the excessive breast tissue has stretched the skin, a skin tightening technique will be incorporated during the surgery.
WHAT TO EXPECT
During surgery, Dr. Sumpter will use liposuction to remove excess breast tissue and will trim away any skin that shows sagging. In most cases, the incision is made around the areola, which helps minimize scarring. For extreme cases, additional surgical consideration may be made such as a lift, nipple repositioning or skin grafting. It is normal to have bruising and swelling around the chest area for the first couple of weeks. A compression garment must be worn for about 2 weeks to help with reshaping and healing. Men who suffer from gynecomastia often want to begin lifting weights to help accentuate the overall outcome. This is encouraged, but must be avoided for at least 6-8 weeks or until clearance has been given by our staff.
Male breast reduction surgery will vary in cost depending on the complexity of the surgical case. This surgery can average between $4,000 to $8,000. Some things to consider that may affect cause include liposuction, skin tightening, nipple repositioning, skin grafting, etc.
SHOW OFF YOUR CHEST!
If you have lived in fear of taking your shirt off at the pool and exposing your chest due to gynecomastia, we encourage you to call our cosmetic surgery office and schedule a consultation with our team’s endowed board-certified cosmetic surgeon. Our practice has created outstanding outcomes for countless men and will develop a tailored surgical plan to address your specific case.