Treat Gynecomastia with Male Breast Reduction
Gynecomastia is a relatively common condition that is characterized by excess fat and tissue in the breast area. Many patients with this condition feel self-conscious or embarrassed about their physique. Men suffering from gynecomastia may be able to regain a more toned and masculine chest with a male breast reduction at our Pittsburgh, PA, practice.* Dr. Dennis Hurwitz teaches plastic surgery techniques to medical students and fellow doctors and has been featured on the Today Show thanks to his advanced techniques.
Who Is a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction?
Any man who is concerned about the appearance of his chest may be considered for male breast reduction surgery. Candidates must be in good general health, have stopped growing, and should be at a stable, ideal weight, as this treatment is not intended as a weight loss procedure. Fluctuations in body weight can lead to an undesirable treatment outcome. For this reason, individuals who are overweight should consider achieving their fitness goals before undergoing this procedure. As with any cosmetic procedure, patients should have realistic expectations and should have a full understanding of the treatment process.
The Consultation Process
During an initial consultation at our practice, Dr. Hurwitz will perform a comprehensive assessment and will discuss your aesthetic goals with you. To make sure there are no contraindications to treatment, your medical history will be reviewed in detail. Because certain drugs can actually contribute to the development of gynecomastia, it is important to inform Dr. Hurwitz of any medications, vitamins, and supplements you are currently taking.
Male Breast Reduction Procedure
Male breast reduction may involve the surgical removal of excess tissue, liposuction, or both. To perform liposuction, Dr. Hurwitz creates tiny incisions around the areola or underneath the breast. A small cannula is inserted through the incisions, and the excess fat deposits are gently suctioned and removed.
If you suffer from gynecomastia, male breast reduction could significantly improve your overall quality of life. Dr. Hurwitz has pioneered advanced techniques for the very best results.
For cases that require the removal of excess skin, Dr. Hurwitz uses a specialized boomerang technique, which involves designing a sequence of opposing elliptical excisions that join just above the nipple. Special care will be given to correct any existing asymmetry for an aesthetically pleasing appearance. This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia at our fully accredited surgical center.
Healing and Recovery
In most cases, patients should be able to return to work, school, and other normal activities approximately one to two weeks following the procedure. However, all strenuous activity should be avoided for at least four to six weeks, as an elevated heart rate can increase post-operative discomfort, bleeding, and inflammation. In addition, patients should avoid direct sunlight on the surgical scars for at least six months, as premature sun exposure can irreversibly change the skin’s pigmentation in these areas. While complications are rare, they do exist. Be sure to contact us if you notice signs of infection or reduced nipple sensation which persists past the healing stage.
Learn More about Gynecomastia Treatment
If you suffer from gynecomastia, male breast reduction could significantly improve your overall quality of life.* Our staff is always available to answer any questions you may have regarding treatment. To learn more about male breast reduction, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hurwitz, contact us online or call (866) 473-2570.
“I honestly never thought of myself as a serious candidate for elective surgery ... but I’m already feeling and looking so much better.*” Jill's Story