Male Breast Reduction in San Francisco
Excess localized fat and glandular tissue on the male chest is a condition known as gynecomastia, and it can affect men of all ages. Gynecomastia can appear on just one breast (unilaterally) or both (bilaterally).
A man’s enlarged breasts may cause him to feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. Male breast reduction, also called gynecomastia surgery, can eliminate excess breast tissue and skin to form a more chiseled chest contour.
What Are the Benefits of Gynecomastia Surgery?
Gynecomastia Surgery Process
The first step in the process begins with anesthesia to ensure a comfortable, safe procedure. You and Dr. Henry will discuss your anesthesia options during your consultation. Typically, the procedure is performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
After the anesthesia medication takes effect, small incisions are made in strategic locations of the chest. Excess fat is removed using liposuction, which utilizes a thin suctioning tube (cannula) to remove extra fat. In some cases, glandular breast tissue and excess skin are removed, and the areolas (the darker skin around the nipples) are reduced or repositioned.
Closing the Incisions
Incisions are then closed using sutures. Compression garments or bandaging may be provided to help support your chest while you recover.
Addressing Your Concerns
Following your gynecomastia surgery, you may feel sore and experience swelling, bruising, or numbness. These symptoms are temporary and should clear up within a few days. Post-operative care instructions will be given to you and should be carefully followed. You should take it easy for the first few days, but most patients feel ready to resume work after three to five days.
Gynecomastia surgery is designed to flatten and enhance the male chest to a more defined, masculine contour.
Dr. Henry uses advanced technology and techniques to strategically create small incisions in the necessary areas. Scarring is inevitable after surgery but should fade with time. Scars can be concealed in some cases by the natural shape and folds of the chest.
Gynecomastia surgery is a customizable procedure, which means that the price can vary depending on the patient. Anesthesia options and techniques used during the procedure will also change the cost. Your total price will be discussed during your consultation. Our office offers financing to make paying for the surgery easier for patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for male breast reduction?
Men who are fully grown and bothered by the size of their breasts may be ideal candidates for gynecomastia surgery. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Henry to discuss your concerns and see if this procedure is right for you.
What type of anesthesia will be used for my male breast reduction procedure?
Intravenous (IV) or general anesthesia is most commonly used. Your options for anesthesia and liposuction are discussed during your consultation with Dr. Henry.
What causes gynecomastia?
Many factors can lead to male breast enlargement, including genetic factors, personal habits, and the use of certain drugs or medications.
Are gynecomastia surgery results permanent?
The fat and tissue removed during male breast reduction surgery are permanently gone. Patients should continue following a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding certain medications or steroids to prolong their results. This surgery will not prevent the future build-up of fat.
Dr. Kimberly Henry offers gynecomastia surgery with aesthetically appealing results. Contact Dr. Henry today to schedule a consultation.
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