Gynecomastia Surgery - Male Breast Reduction
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts, is a term used in medicine to explain excess fat concentrated in the men’s breast tissue. Enlarged breasts in men are no longer a taboo. On a national scale, male breast reduction procedures are rising, with over 26,000 men opting to have this procedure each year.
Well-trained, experienced plastic surgeons can remove excess fat and skin from the area around the areola to achieve a firmer, more masculine appearance. At our Park Plaza Plastic Surgery Center in New York, gynecomastia treatment is the most common cosmetic surgery we provide for men.
What Causes Excess Breast Tissue?
Typically, when there is excess fat localized in the breast tissue, it can cause men’s breasts to appear larger. The truth is – there are several potential reasons for male breasts to appear enlarged. An increase in breast size in men can occur at any age, but it is often a result of hormonal changes, heredity, obesity, or drug usage.
The condition is fairly common among teenagers during puberty, as their hormones change in that period of growth. Among older men, hormonal changes can play a big part as well. Hormonal imbalance, since men tend to lose testosterone and gain estrogen as they approach middle age, can play an important part in increasing the size of the chest area. These enlarged breasts usually do not respond to diet and exercise.
Regardless of why you are experiencing breast growth, one thing is for sure – the situation can be frustrating and can make you lose self-confidence. This treatment has helped many men regain their self-confidence, and it can help you achieve the desired look, too.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery in NYC
Mostly, our plastic surgeon can use liposuction to reduce breast (glandular) tissue. Doctor Lefkovits makes a small incision under the breast where he is able to gently remove excess tissue. In some cases, surgical excision may be necessary – entailing cutting out the breast tissue.
Different Types of Gynecomastia Surgery
There are several different options for gynecomastia surgery, depending on the cause of your excess breast tissue, as well as the size and location of the excess tissue and overall health.
Male Breast Reduction By Removing Fat (Liposuction)
Fatty tissue can be treated with liposuction which entails making a very small incision in the breast fold. This can be done under local or general anesthesia.
Postoperatively, the patient wears a compression garment which is easily hidden under a shirt and jacket. Patients may return to non-strenuous work after just a few days.
Liposuction is a popular technique for gynecomastia, but it is not always effective for all patients.
Male Breast Reduction Consisting Of Surgical Excision
This technique is needed when gynecomastia consists of breast tissue. This is referred to as subcutaneous mastectomy.
Surgical excision involves cutting out excess tissue. An incision is made in the lower half of the areola which barely leaves a scar. A drain is usually used for a few days, and it can easily be hidden. The procedure is commonly performed under general anesthesia. Patients may return to work after a few days but may need to take off 1 week from non-strenuous work.
Male Breast Reduction Consisting Of Liposuction and Surgical Excision
Mixed tissue gynecomastia, which includes fatty and breast tissue, is generally performed under general anesthesia. Return to work is usually in 3-7 days.
Recovery After Gynecomastia Surgery
Recovery time for gynecomastia surgery varies from patient to patient depending on the technique used for male breast reduction and is an improving part of gynecomastia treatment.
What Can You Expect?
After the procedure, you may experience some bruising, swelling, and soreness in the chest area. During recovery, the patient should wear a compression garment, for approximately up to 4 weeks to help reduce swelling. Most of the swelling will diminish 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure.
Massage and ultrasound treatment given post-operatively is an integral part of our surgery program.
When Can You Return To Work?
Return to work may be as quick as the following day, although a few days off is more common. Take your time as recovery is an important part of gynecomastia treatment.
You should avoid strenuous activity for up to six weeks after the surgery.
When Can I Expect the First Results?
Excess breast tissue, fat (or both) when removed, allows you to see results immediately. However, since there will be swelling and bruising for at least a month, your results will improve over time.
Realistic goals sometimes can be crucial for the understanding of this procedure. You can see real patients from our Manhattan New York City office who underwent gynecomastia treatment and achieved great cosmetic results.
Photos of a 30-year-old male before, and 3 months post-op. Gynecomastia correction included liposuction as well as excision of breast tissue (subcutaneous mastectomy) and reduction of his areola.
Young, 18-year-old male patient shown 6 months after subcutaneous mastectomy, breast lifting, and areolar reduction with no visible scars.
The 20-year-old male is shown before, and half a year after the procedure. The patient had liposuction as a chosen option for male breast reduction.
Gynecomastia Surgery NYC Cost
The gynecomastia surgery cost in New York City varies depending on the type and extent of the surgical procedure. The main factors that impact the price are:
whether both or only one side is treated and
the amount and type of tissue being removed.
In order to determine the exact pricing for you, please either call our office at (212) 750-9494 and schedule a free consultation or request free male reduction consultation by filling out our contact form. At Park Plaza Plastic Surgery we offer office visits as well as online consultations.
Why Should You Choose Dr. George Lefkovits?
If you are searching for the best gynecomastia surgeon, extensive experience with male breast reduction procedures like liposuction or excision with contouring (skin removal) is an important thing to look out for.
Dr. Lefkovits is a board certified plastic surgeon experienced in male breast reduction surgery, helping men reduce the size of their breasts and restore a masculine chest contour with natural-looking results. During your initial consultation with Doctor Leftovits, you will learn about the different types of gynecomastia surgery available and discuss which option is the best for you. He will patiently provide you with useful information and answer all your questions.
How To Schedule a Free Gynecomastia Surgery Consultation In NYC?
The best way to determine whether male breast reduction is right for you is by consulting with a plastic surgeon. Our experienced team headed by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lefkovits is proudly helping you achieve the desired look and deserved self-esteem for more than 30 years, throughout all of New York.
To schedule a consultation for your male breast reduction surgery at Park Plaza Plastic Surgery, contact us at (212) 750-9494.