It’s not a commonly known condition, but it’s a disturbing one for many men with enlarged breasts. Known as gynecomastia, this condition is not fat tissue in the breasts, it’s breast tissue, which can’t be reduced with diet or exercise – it must be surgically removed.
Gynecomastia can start in adolescence and may persist throughout adulthood, or can develop in an older man due to steroid abuse, weight gain, hormonal imbalance or as a side effect of certain medications.
Male breast reduction is a very common procedure here at Charlotte Plastic Surgery. The process uses liposuction and limited incisions for minimal scarring when removing the breast tissue. The good news is that most activities can be resumed within two weeks, and men should be able to perform chest exercises and heavy lifting by eight weeks.
Every procedure we perform at Charlotte Plastic Surgery is tailored to each client’s needs, which is why our surgeons meet with you to talk through the options, potential risks, ultimate results and recovery time.
- Length: 1-2 hours.
- Anesthesia: Usually asleep.
- In/outpatient: Outpatient.
- Side effects: Discomfort, swelling, transient altered nipple sensitivity.
- Risks: With any surgery, risks such as infection and blood clot exist. Our surgeons will always talk with you about potential risks specific to your procedures in your consultation. Other risks may include permanent nipple insensitivity and scarring.
- Recovery: Drains may be placed at the time of surgery and can be removed in the office after two to five days. You may be instructed to wear a compression vest for a few months to aid in the skin re-draping process.
- Duration of results: Can be permanent.