A Gynecomastia surgery Miami also known as the male breast reduction surgery, aims to reshape the size of breast for men all while alleviating side effects brought on by an overly developed male chest. This article will cover the ins-and-outs of this procedure, ideal candidates, prices, frequently asked questions, best male breast reduction surgeons in the area and so much more!
What is gynecomastia surgery?
Gynecomastia surgery, also referred to as male breast surgery, is the medical term used to correct the abnormal growth of the mammary gland in men. This procedure can surgically correct enlarged or overdeveloped breasts in men.
Male Breast Enlargement may affect one or both breasts and is distinguished by the presence of a mass of glandular tissue measuring about 0.5 cm in diameter and growing to different sizes below the nipple-areola complex. This condition may occur in men of any age on adolescents during puberty.
Although there are other treatment options available that are not as invasive, plastic surgery is proven to be the quickest and most effective method.
Male gynecomastia is most often a result of illness, hormonal changes, use of certain drugs, or heredity conditions. All of these conditions are linked back to the overdevelopment of male breasts and often cause emotional distress and affected self-esteem amongst men. Unfortunately, some men avoid intimacy with their partners and physical activities simply to hide their condition.
Gynecomastia causes and types
The root cause of male breast enlargement most often is the unproportionate ratio of testosterone hormone levels in comparison to the amount of estrogen level within the male body. Because of this estrogen build-up, characteristics that normally develop in females such as breasts begin to overdevelop. The cause of the decrease in testosterone levels can be brought on by an underlying medical condition or malfunctioning hormonal gland such as the pituitary or thyroid.
Below is a Summary of Male Breast Development Causes:
Lack or low testosterone levels
Drug and alcohol abuse
Chronic liver disease
Kidney failure and dialysis
Testicular cancer radiation
Types of Gynecomastia
Infants: Because babies are much in contact with their mother’s hormonal levels, during pregnancy the fetus takes in higher levels of estrogen than normal. Generally, the swollen breast tissue goes away within two to three weeks after birth.
Puberty: Puberty can sometimes onset hormonal imbalance in teenage boys leading to an increase of breast tissue. Unless the teenager experience extreme weight gain, most often than not, the swollen breast will return back to their original form within a few years.
Grown Men: The chances of developing gynecomastia increase between the ages of 50 to70, where the levels of testosterone significantly decrease within the male population. Typically for every 4 men, 1 is affected with an increase of breast tissue.
Male breast reduction surgery candidates
The ideal candidate for the male mastopexy procedure is someone who is realistic about the expectations from surgery, in good health standing, and is undergoing this procedure for his own pleasure.
This procedure is ideal for anyone experiencing sagging of the breast tissue and excess breast fat brought on through weight loss, weight gain, or hormonal related factors. When you decide you are ready to begin the chest reduction procedure journey, schedule a consultation with a certified plastic surgeon to evaluate which gynecomastia method is ideal for you.
Summary of Ideal Candidates for this procedure:
The best candidates for this procedure are those who:
Have realistic expectations and a positive outlook
Have over developed breast tissue
Are unhappy with their breast size
Have not been able to correct the issue through other noninvasive techniques
Are in good physical health and have no existing life-threatening conditions or illnesses
Are non-smokers and non-drug users
Gynecomastia treatment options at Jolie plastic Surgery
Male breast reduction performed with Liposuction
There are two different techniques to choose from when undergoing the male breast reduction procedure. Liposuction is the first technique that functions similarly to traditional liposuction. This technique will be chosen depending on the breast size, quality of skin, and condition of the breasts. The patient will receive local anesthesia for this procedure and may return home the same day after surgery.
The ASPS expands on this by explaining:
“In cases where gynecomastia is primarily the result of excess fatty tissue, liposuction techniques alone may be used. This requires insertion of a cannula, a thin hollow tube, through several small incisions. The cannula is moved back and forth in a controlled motion to loosen the excess fat, which is then removed from the body by vacuum suction.”
Male Mastectomy / Tissue Excision
Mastectomy is the alternative technique utilized when the male breasts are too large and have sagging/dropping skin. The surgeon will remove all the skin and excess tissue from the below the areola. The patient will receive local anesthesia and may return home the same day after surgery.
According to the ASPS,
“Excision techniques are recommended where glandular breast tissue or excess skin must be removed to correct gynecomastia. Excision also is necessary if the areola will be reduced or the nipple will be repositioned to a more natural male contour. Incision patterns vary depending on the specific conditions and surgical preference.”
Gynecomastia surgery Miami overview
Your consultation with a gynecomastia surgeon
At the patient’s first consultation, they will undergo a complete breast exam to find all the possible causes of male breast enlargement. Additionally, some patients may need a mammogram and a breast composition exam to rule out the possibility of breast cancer. In order to decide the best surgical technique for the patient, the surgeon will examine the amount of glandular tissue and fat.
Every patient must complete standard laboratory tests to ensure they are in complete health and ready for surgery. Chronic disease, high blood pressure, and smoking habits all raise possible complications. Therefore, it is important to discuss all health issues with the surgeon at the initial consultation. Before the surgeon decides which technique is most suitable, he/she will take into account the personal history of the patient.
The day of your Surgical Procedure
You will be given a set of instructions on which medications you must take the day of your procedure. You will be asked to come into the surgery center at a specific time in order to prep you for your surgery and go over any final questions you may have. Shortly after, you will be taken into a private room to undress and change into your medical gown. After you will be taken to your operating room and be sedated for your procedure.
Once the procedure is complete, you will be kept within our recovery room with a private nurse to help you ease out of anesthesia. Shortly after, you will be on your way home with your caretaker!
Gynecomastia surgery steps
A reduction surgery is considered a major cosmetic procedure due to the incisions and extraction of skin tissue. Therefore, this surgery must be performed under general anesthesia to ensure comfort and painless procedure.
While receiving general anesthesia, the patient is intubated by way of a certified anesthesiologist who inserts a breathing tube through your throat. Throughout the procedure, the anesthesiologist will administer intravenous medication to ensure you stay sedated throughout the procedure.
At first you will feel at ease and calmed at the intravenous medication begins. After you are relaxed, the general anesthesia will be administered. This is the moment in which you will not remember feeling or consciousness throughout the procedure. Your blood pressure and pulse will remained at a low level and monitored during the entire process.
Rest assured that Jolie Plastic Surgery provides the highest trained anesthesiologists in the South Florida Area. Our anesthesiologist team constantly overlooks the patient’s vital functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing at the time of the procedure.
The breast surgeon creates either multiple liposuction incisions around the breast or a linear incision around the breast and nipple in order to extract and decrease areola size. Once the incision is made, it is pulled upward so that the doctor can work on reducing the breast tissue. During this process, the nipple remains intact with its nerve and blood supply in order to avoid loss of nipple sensitivity.
The incision is then sutured to bring together the reduced breast size. By laying the sutures, the breast surgeons are able to create new support for the newly formed breasts. Although the scarring is permanent, through the use of specific gels, the patient can lessen their appearance.
Post- Procedure: Bruising and swelling are to be expected after the Gynecomastia surgery Miami procedure due to the nature of the incision and extraction that takes place. Sometimes, patients may experience a hematoma (collection of fresh blood) at the site of incision. For the entirety of 3 days, the male patient must be at home resting, recovering, and avoiding strenuous activity after the surgery.
According to the surgeon’s instructions, wear your compression garments accordingly. During the first six weeks, patients should refrain from sun exposure and tanning. Exposure to sunlight can delay the recovery process and cause permanent discoloration and more visible scars.
Recovery after male breast reduction surgery
After the male breast reduction procedure, the patient will need about a week or two for recovery before being able to return to their normal daily activities. During this time, the patient should limit their movement and physical activity. For the best results, patients should undergo several session of post-surgical massages and ultrasounds.
After the first two weeks, bruising and swelling should be significantly reduced. After about a month, patients should be able to resume normal physical activities. If the patient experiences pain or complications, he should quickly inform the doctor and take all the necessary medications. Before surgery, the patient will receive a list of all supplements and medication that should be avoided for proper recovery.
To reduce swelling and bruising during the first two days, patients may apply cold compresses. After this time, warm compresses will be most effective. Compression garments are required during the first week or until the doctor advises.
Risks associated with gynecomastia procedure
The male breast reduction surgery has the same risks as most other cosmetic procedures. Some of the risks and complications may include:
Visible scars (depending on the amount of breast tissue and the skin type)
Temporary or permanent loss of sensation in the nipple
Possibility of revision surgery
Gynecomastia surgery cost
According to the ASPS,
“The average cost of gynecomastia surgery is $3,525, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Gynecomastia surgery costs can vary widely. The average cost referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses. A surgeon's cost may be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, and the geographic location of the office.
Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans for male breast reduction, so be sure to ask.
The Cost of Cosmetic Procedures at Jolie Plastic Surgery include:
Surgical facility costs
Prescriptions for medications
The average cost of the male gynecomastia surgery at Jolie ranges between $2,000 and $6,500. The cost depends on how advanced the condition is and the technique utilized. For more information on the cost of this procedure, contact Jolie Plastic Surgery to schedule your first consultation.
Affordable Gynecomastia Financing
At Jolie Plastic Surgery, we understand that paying for a male breast reduction procedure may not be a possible option for many of our patients. This is why we offer a variety financing plans through systems like Care Credit in which the patient would need to be pre-approved.
Patients can also take advantage of Our “Lay Away Plan” which requires a minimum deposit of $500 at a 0% interest rate! This plan includes the benefit of “locking” the price for up to two years by way of low monthly payments.
Choosing a Gynecomastia Plastic Surgeon
We always suggest that patients perform thorough research when deciding which plastic surgeon to perform any procedure on their body. Remember that the results for cosmetic procedures are supposed to be durable; therefore, you should be very comfortable with your doctor. We suggest looking into the doctor’s educational history, training, and previous work such as before and afters.
The best male breast reduction doctors take the time to listen to your desires based on your initial consultation. They will properly evaluate you in determining if you an ideal candidate for this procedure. After the evaluation, they will discuss what breast incision and technique best suits your body composition. And finally, together with a patient, they will decide on the goal from the procedure.
Dedicated breast reduction surgeons will also provide you with individualized instructions for post- operative care. They will be willing to display some of their work such as before and after pictures so that patients can get a better sense of the surgeons’ technique. The doctor will also be at the patient’s disposal by willing to address any questions or concerns a patient may have
If you or a loved one are interested in the Gynecomastia surgery Miami, call Jolie Plastic Surgery at (305) 262-8347
so that you can embrace your appearance and feel comfortable in your own skin once again!
In order to remain comfortable throughout the procedure general anesthesia is used in most cases. In other words, the patient sleeps during the whole operation. Sometimes if the amount of tissue to be removed is not that much, local anesthesia can be an option as well.
Usually, patients should wait until they are 18 years old to undergo this type of procedure only because they have not finished developing. However, under parental consent this procedure can be performed to improve the appearance of the male chest.
At Jolie Plastic Surgery, we understand that paying for a male breast reduction procedure may not be a possible option for many of our patients. This is why we offer a variety financing plans through systems like Care Credit in which the patient would need to be pre-approved. Patients can also take advantage of Our “Lay Away Plan” which requires a minimum deposit of $500 at a 0% interest rate! This plan includes the benefit of “locking” the price for up to two years by way of low monthly payments.