Thousands of men in America suffer from a condition called gynecomastia, or enlarged breasts. This condition is caused by over developed breast tissue, excess fat or both and can occur in one or both breasts.
No amount of exercise will correct this condition. In fact, strenuous exercise may further emphasize the condition as the pectoral muscles become more developed and push the breast tissue more forward. The only permanent solution for gynecomastia is breast reduction surgery. Dr. Joshua Lampert, a Miami board certified plastic surgeon, has performed this surgery on many men, helping them regain their masculine physique and renewed sense of self confidence.
Information on Gynecomastia Surgery:
It is estimated that 30% of the male population is affected by gynecomastia. This condition can begin at the onset of puberty, or can occur well into adulthood.
The causes are varied and can include:
- Hormonal changes
- Heredity or chromosomal abnormalities
- Reactions to different medications
- Low testosterone levels
- Weight gain or weight loss
Candidates for Male Breast Reduction Surgery
The best candidates for gynecomastia surgery are adult men in good health who have no underlying medical conditions. If the cause of the breast enlargement is excess fatty tissue caused by obesity, weight loss should be stable before surgery. If more weight is lost after surgery, the breast can droop further. Performing breast reduction after weight loss has stabilized can help avoid the necessity of a repeat revision surgery.
If gynecomastia has developed at the onset of puberty, surgery should be postponed until after further discussion with a pediatrician. Males generally continue to grow until approximately 18. Some gynecomastia may resolve or improve after puberty or with further growth. Generally speaking, one can look at the height of the parents compared to the child and get a ballpark idea of how much further growth is expected.
For further information, X-rays of the hands can be obtained to evaluate any remaining growth plates to help see how close the patient is to skeletal maturity. Patients under 18 suffering from gynecomastia should be counseled very carefully - with enough time spent to fully discuss risks, benefits, and options. Patients and their parents should have ample time to discuss the physical and psychological benefit of surgery and the emotional maturity of the individual.
Breast Reduction Methods in Males
Breast reduction involves the removal of excess fat as well as breast tissue. Excess skin as well as the ratio of breast tissue to fat will differ from patient to patient. The surgical technique used will vary and be tailored to each patient’s needs. Excess fat will be either surgically removed or removed using the tumescent liposuction method, followed by removal of the right amount of breast tissue.
One of the most crucial decisions that the plastic surgeon must make is how much tissue to remove. This is where the skill and aesthetic eye of the plastic surgeon proves itself. Dr. Lampert feels that plastic surgery is as much of an art form as it is a technical surgical procedure. He prides himself on creating beautiful and natural results, and he pays meticulous attention to every detail. This helps ensure that the smoothest transitions are being created among the areas being treated, leaving no unsightly depressions or ridges.
Incisions are carefully placed to minimize scarring. Some gynecomastia can be addressed adequately only with liposuction. For some patients, only a small incision is made at the perimeter of the areola margin or under the crease. For patients with significant hanging breasts or skin, scars may be required around the entire areola and further along the breast folds as well. These scars typically heal very well and can be virtually undetectable once the healing process matures.
Recovering from Gynecomastia Surgery
Most patients can return to light activity a week following surgery. Strenuous activities and heavy lifting will need to be postponed until initial healing is complete. There will be some swelling and bruising, which will mostly resolve in approximately 2 weeks. While the surgical site is healing, it may appear lumpy and uneven, but this typically resolves as healing progresses.
Dr. Lampert provides full support throughout the surgery and the healing process so that any questions or concerns are fully resolved. Dr. Lampert is always available to his patients, which provides an added layer of security. His philosophy is to provide superior service and better results to a smaller number of patients, rather than relying on volume and speed.
Schedule Your Consultation
Spend some time with Dr. Lampert to find out more about male breast reduction at his Miami office. If you are unsure if this is the right procedure for you, Dr. Lampert can give you enough information to help you decide.