Male patients can undergo gynecomastia surgery at Astra Plastic Surgeryto reduce the prominence of male breasts and restore a more masculine-looking chest. Enlarged male breasts are not always caused by poor diet and lack of exercise. Some men have enlarged breasts due to gynecomastia – a condition caused by the swelling or enlargement of breast tissue. Dr. Christopher Killingsworth and his plastic surgery team perform male breast reduction surgery to help Atlanta patients restore confidence in their appearance.*
Many men have enlarged breasts due to gynecomastia; this condition can cause both emotional and physical problems. Although it is not known what specifically causes gynecomastia, a number of factors that may contribute to the development of enlarged breasts in men include heredity, fluctuations in weight, the use of certain prescription medications, liver function problems, taking anabolic steroids or herbal testosterone additives, excessive alcohol or tobacco use, and the natural aging process.
In some cases, gynecomastia may develop for no explicable reason at all. Gynecomastia often begins in adolescence, causing a lack of confidence and self-esteem at a very young age. At Astra Plastic Surgery, we offer male breast reduction in a very confidential and comfortable environment. Our gynecomastia surgeons are committed to providing patients with the highest standards of safety and quality care.*
The defining structure of the male breast is the pectoralis muscle, and a flat or chiseled chest is often thought to represent masculinity. The existence of large male breasts alters bodily harmony by obstructing the shape of the pectorals muscle; excessive adipose or glandular tissue may actually obscure the muscle structure itself. This causes a distortion of the male physique. Men who feel they have abnormal or feminine breasts often hide their chest with excessive clothing or special undergarments. Gynecomastia surgery can:
The first step when considering gynecomastia surgery is to schedule a confidential one-on-one consultation at Astra Plastic Surgery.
During this meeting, our gynecomastia surgeons will discuss your condition and evaluate your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery. We will explain the different options for male breast reduction, as well as possible complications, and together we will decide which type of procedure is best for you. There are several techniques available for male breast reduction and the method used will depend upon the amount of glandular tissue and excessive skin that is present.*
Your male breast reduction surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. In some cases, the reduction can be successfully achieved with liposuction alone; this technique works best if the breasts are not glandular (firm), and they have minimal excess skin.
If the tissue is glandular in nature, your gynecomastia surgeon will make a small incision along the lower border of the areola (dark skin around the nipple) to excise the glandular tissue. If an excessive amount of loose skin is present, larger incisions will be necessary. The majority of patients have no complications following their gynecomastia surgery. While recovery times vary depending on the extent of the procedure, most patients are able to resume their normal activities within a few days. There will be some degree of temporary swelling around the treatment area following your surgery, and any discomfort can be controlled with medication.
Strenuous activity and heavy lifting must be avoided for at least two weeks after surgery and the time needed off work varies from person-to-person. Patients typically notice immediate improvements after male breast reduction surgery, and results should become even more apparent during and after the recovery period. The effects of gynecomastia surgery can be long-lasting. Patients are encouraged to follow a consistent diet and exercise plan to help maintain results.
In some cases, medical insurance may cover a portion of the cost associated with male breast reduction. If the procedure is not covered by insurance, you are responsible for the cost, which varies by patient. Once we determine the extent of your gynecomastia surgery, we give you a complete cost. We accept payment by personal check, cash, and credit card, as well as financing through CareCredit® and Alphaeon® Credit.
Dr. Christopher Killingsworth, Dr. Stephanie Farber and their staff of plastic surgery professionals would be happy to help you set up a personal consultation to discuss male breast reduction surgery in more detail. Contact our Atlanta office at (678) 208-6008, our Cumming, GA office at (678) 400-0302, our Canton, GA office at (678) 918-3361, or request an appointment online today.
At Astra Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, we believe plastic surgery can achieve beautiful yet subtle results that accentuate your natural contours. Whether you opt for surgical treatments or non-invasive procedures, your cosmetic surgeon should possess a thorough understanding of the body's symmetry and proportions to ensure the best possible outcomes.*
Schedule a consultation today to learn how Astra Plastic Surgery can empower you to take control of your look.