Address Your Gynecomastia Symptoms With Male Breast Reduction in Austin

Gynecomastia is a common condition affecting many boys and men. For individuals with this condition, the tissues of the breast can swell due to a hormone imbalance, weight gain, genetics, a medical condition, or from taking certain drugs, such as anabolic steroids. Any of these issues may prompt a man to seek out male breast reduction. At Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Christine Fisher, who has published a book chapter for plastic surgeons on gynecomastia, works with each patient to determine the cause of his breast development and to develop an appropriate solution.

What Is Male Breast Reduction?

Male breast reduction is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed to reduce the effects of gynecomastia. Approximately 30 to 40 percent of teenage boys develop some degree of "breasts" during puberty, but most outgrow them as their testosterone and estrogen levels even out. Although not dangerous, gynecomastia can be embarrassing, adversely affecting men's self-esteem, mental health, and sometimes even social functioning.

Male breast reduction allows these men and boys to eliminate their excess breast tissue, helping to give them a more masculine and proportionate physique. The specifics of male breast reduction surgery depend on the needs of the patient. For individuals with excess fat around the chest, liposuction is often the best corrective option. For other patients, male breast reduction will involve the excision of excess skin and tissue to reduce the symptoms of gynecomastia.

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Benefits of Male Breast Reduction

For individuals dealing with gynecomastia, male breast reduction in Austin with our team can be a life-changing procedure offering all of the following benefits:

  • Significantly reduced breast size
  • Elimination of gynecomastia symptoms
  • A more masculine physique
  • Improved bodily proportions and contours
  • Increased wardrobe options
  • Improved self-confidence and self-image

What to Expect During Your Male Breast Reduction Surgery

The first step of your male breast reduction procedure will be to sit down with one of our skilled cosmetic surgeons for a one-on-one consultation. During this meeting, your surgeon will examine your breasts and listen to your aesthetic goals. This will help them determine if male breast reduction is the right choice for you. They will also answer any questions you may have about the procedure. You and your doctor will then work closely to decide on a treatment plan that’s custom-tailored to your unique situation.

Your male breast reduction surgery will be an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia at our on-site surgical center. During the procedure, small incisions will be made around your nipples, in the chest wall, and/or underneath the armpit. The size and extent of the incisions and subsequent scars will depend on the amount of tissue to be removed. Then, depending on the details of your treatment plan, liposuction and/or excision will be used to carefully eliminate excess skin and/or fat from your chest. Finally, your remaining skin will be re-draped and your incisions will be closed with sutures.

After your surgery, we’ll need to keep you at our surgical center for a couple of hours to monitor you and watch for any complications. After that, a friend or family member can drive you home and, if possible, stay with you for the first night or two of your recovery.

Male Breast Reduction Before & After

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What Is the Recovery Like After Male Breast Reduction?

You’ll experience some swelling, bruising, and soreness after your male breast reduction procedure, and if necessary, your surgeon can prescribe you pain medication to minimize your discomfort. You may also be prescribed a compression garment to wear for a few weeks to reduce swelling and ensure optimal healing. Most patients need to take around one to two weeks off work after a gynecomastia procedure, and it’s best to wait at least four to six weeks to engage in strenuous exercise.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Male Breast Reduction?

Men and teenage boys dealing with significant symptoms of gynecomastia could be good candidates for male breast reduction surgery in Austin with our team. If the presence of excess breast tissue has negatively impacted your comfort, mental health, or social life, the procedure could be an ideal solution to consider.

To be an ideal candidate for male breast reduction, you should also be in good physical health, be a non-smoker, and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure.

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Why Choose Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery for Male Breast Reduction in Austin?

At Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, our award-winning surgeons specialize in breast and body procedures, and they’re renowned for consistently providing patients with natural-looking results that are custom-tailored to the individual. All of our expert cosmetic surgeons believe in a compassionate, patient-centric approach to aesthetic care, and they’ll go above and beyond to fully understand your situation and unique needs. We will do everything in our power to help you become a more confident version of yourself and improve your quality of life. To schedule your initial consultation, give us a call today at (512) 815-0123.

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Male Breast Reduction FAQ

How long does male breast reduction surgery take?

How long does it take to see the complete results after male breast reduction?

Are the results of male breast reduction permanent?

How long does male breast reduction surgery take?

The length of male breast reduction surgery will depend on the specific needs of the patient, but on average, the procedure usually takes around one to two hours to complete.

How long does it take to see the complete results after male breast reduction?

After your procedure, you should notice immediate improvements to the contours of your chest. However, the full results won’t be visible until the swelling has subsided and your tissue has settled into its new position. Typically, you can see the final results of your surgery after around four to six months.

Are the results of male breast reduction permanent?

Usually, the results of male breast reduction are long-lasting and can be permanent. However, things like weight gain, drug usage, and hormone changes can sometimes cause the symptoms of gynecomastia to return. To ensure that your results last for many years, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle going forward.

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