Stephen Weiland, M.D Cosmetic Surgery

Male Breast Reduction – Gynecomastia Surgery in Las Vegas Nevada

Even though breasts are a female secondary sex characteristic, many men develop breasts. It is estimated that 50 percent of men will be affected with male breast development, or gynecomastia, at some point in their life. In many cases, the cause of male breast development cannot be identified. It is often triggered by a decrease in testosterone and increase in estrogen. Male breast development may also be triggered by certain medications and diseases.

In most cases, male breast development is not caused by a serious problem. However, it can cause a man to experience insecurity, humiliation and shame. Fortunately, men have the option of getting male breast reduction surgery.

About The Procedure

Male breast reduction is a procedure that involves surgically removing the excess breast tissue. It typically takes about two hours to perform this procedure. In most cases, this procedure is performed under general anesthesia. However, a doctor may elect to use local anesthesia with sedation.

An incision is typically made in the armpit or at the edge of the armpit. If there is a lot of breast tissue that needs to be removed, then the surgeon may be required to make longer incisions. After the incision has been made, the surgeon will remove the excess fat, tissue and skin from the chest area. Liposuction may be used if there is excess fat in the chest area. The surgeon will complete the procedure by closing the incision with sutures.

Candidates

If you are interested in getting male breast reduction surgery, then you will need to consult with a plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon will perform a physical examination and review your medical history in order to determine whether you are a good candidate. Your surgeon may also order additional diagnostic tests in order to determine the cause of male breast development.

Men who are of normal weight and do not have any serious health problems will typically be considered a good candidate for male breast reduction. Overweight or obese men may be encouraged to lose weight before they get this procedure.

What To Expect After Surgery-Recovery

Men who get this procedure will be able to go home the same day. However, men will need to spend a few days resting before they return to their normal activities. Stitches will typically be removed within one week. It is important to note that one may experience tenderness, discomfort and swelling in the breast area after surgery. Side effects typically go away within one or two weeks.

There are several things that men can do to make the recovery process go more smoothly. Staying hydrated, eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of rest will help reduce swelling and promote faster healing.