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Male Chest Contouring
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the surgical treatment of male breasts, sometimes referred to as man boobs. It is is one of the most popular cosmetic operations requested by men. While some neb requesting this surgery are overweight, many are not. Because most men are very embarrassed by breast tissue they avoid exercise and going to the gym. Consequently, they gain more weight. The most common cause of breast tissue in men is increased sensitivity of the male breast to circulating hormones. All healthy men have both male and female hormones in their circulation.
How to eliminate male breasts?
I'm embarrassed to take my shirt off, even in front of my wife
The elimination of male breasts depends on the size and quality of the breast tissue and the quality of the breast skin. If the skin is youthful and has good skin tone then liposuction will almost always yield a good result. It is possible to remove over a pound (half a kilogram) per side in some cases. We operate on male breasts of all sizes and shapes. Some men just have a small mound the size of a grape directly behind the nipple. It may be only on one side.
At the other end of the spectrum we have men who are clearly overweight. However, it is the fat on the chest that concerns them the most. Many have said that they are too embarrassed to go to the gym or swimming pool because of their chest area. Most of these men get a good result with liposuction alone, too.
Those with large breasts may need more than liposuction to remove excess fat, breast tissue, and skin. Many surgeons use the same techniques that they use on women. However, we feel that this is not the correct approach since those techniques aim to give a projecting conical breast mound. Our objective is just the opposite -- to produce a flat, non-projecting breast. So a different technique is used for men.
Can the male breast lumps be cancer?
Breast cancer in men is rare. Only 1% of breast cancer occurs in men. Most breast masses in males are not cancer. Typically the person notices a lump on one side growing over a period of a few months. It is usually not painful. There may be some bleeding through the nipple. See your doctor if you have any of these signs.
After surgery when can I resume full activity?
Most men can resume full activity after two weeks. By that time all the sutures have been removed. You will be asked to wear a tight vest for 6 weeks. The purpose of the garment is to control the swelling. There is usually very little bruising. Those that need open surgery (liposuction plus excision) will have scars on the chest, which will remain pink for months, before finally fading to the color of the surrounding skin.
Gynecomastia Before and After Photos
See our patient gallery of Gynecomastia Before and After Photos, all performed by Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years experience. Please note that all of these patients have given written consent to use their photos at our web site. We are very grateful for their participation in patient education!