Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)

Gynecomastia, sometimes called “man boobs”, is a condition in men, where breast tissue is enlarged or overdeveloped. In some cases it can be from weight gain, where excess fat is in the breasts, in this case it is called pseudogynecomastia. Both conditions can be difficult psychology for men, as well as affect their body image and ability to look good in their clothing.

Dr. Tantawi understands how this can affect your masculinity and can assist in helping you get the physique and profile you desire with your chest. If you have seen a medical doctor, and they have ruled out taking medication to change the outcome of gynecomastia, or you have tried to address it through exercise, gynecomastia surgery may be the right choice for you

Book a consultation with Dr. Tantawi now to discuss the options you have for restoring a more masculine look to your body. He has helped countless men get the results they desire and deserve!

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Who is a Good Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?

The majority of cases of gynecomastia are benign (non-cancerous), and can be treated through surgery. However, not everyone is a good candidate for surgery. In general, you should be in good overall health, and have realistic expectations about the results of the surgery. In addition, a patient with male breast cancer is not a good candidate for the surgery. Male breast reduction surgery is also not favorable for the following reasons:

  • being significantly overweight or obese
  • having a history of poor wound healing or obesity-related complications
  • using tobacco products or having a history of chronic smoking
  • having significant liver or kidney dysfunction
  • taking certain medications (such as blood thinners) or supplements that may impact surgery
  • having a history of psychiatric disorders or addiction

If you have any of these conditions, be sure to discuss them with Dr. Tantawi, so that you can get a better understanding of the risks and benefits of surgery.

Gynecomastia Procedure

All male breast reduction surgery is done under general anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure. You will not feel any pain.

Liposuction Procedure

If breast enlargement is due to excess fat, liposuction may be the only treatment you need. In this case, small incisions will be made in your armpit, or above your areola, and a hollow tube called a cannula will be inserted. The cannula will be moved around to loosen the fat and glandular tissue, in order to sculpt a more masculine chest contour. The fat is suctioned out, and the incisions are closed or taped. There are different liposuction methods that can be used for gynecomastia, and Dr. Tantawi will let you know the best method at your consultation. Liposuction treatment usually takes about an hour, but can take longer, depending upon the amount of fat to be removed.

Excision procedure

The gynecomastia surgical procedure involves removal of all or part of the mammary gland and excess skin. In some cases, if you have uneven breasts or your areola needs repositioning, the incision pattern may be different.

In general, an incision will be made either in the curve under the breast or right above the areola. This gives Dr. Tantawi, the best way to assure minimum scarring. The glandular tissue will be cut out, and if necessary, liposuction will be performed. Excess skin will be removed, and If your nipple needs to be repositioned, this will be done. Your incisions will then be stitched or taped.

You may also be given an elastic band, or compression bandage to wear. A small tube may also be placed temporarily by Dr. Tantawi, to drain excess fluid and blood. This technique can take 2-6 hours, depending upon the extent of the surgical procedure.

Gynecomastia Recovery

Recovering from Gynecomastia surgery will depend upon which procedure Dr. Tantawi performed on you. Other factors such as your age, weight, and health affect how soon, and well your recovery goes.

He will give you medication to prevent infection, as well as to treat pain. Detailed instructions will be given on how to care for yourself and your incisions, and follow up appointments will be scheduled. It’s important to follow the instructions, if you want to have the best recovery.

Your body will have to heal from the procedure, therefore, making sure no lifting, or strenuous activity is done for the first two weeks is important.

The first few days resting will do you the most good, as fatigue from surgery, the anesthesia and medication will be most prevalent. You may be able to return to work in 2-3 days if your work doesn’t include heavy labor, although you may want to take more time, if you feel it’s necessary. If you have been given a compression vest, you will need to wear it the first 4 weeks following surgery to control swelling. Resuming light, lower body exercise may be possible after two weeks.

Dr. Tantawi will make sure you have the smoothest recovery possible, and you will be pleased with the results. A slimmer, more contoured chest, will be noticeable right after surgery. Swelling, and scar lines will fade gradually, and you can expect to be fully satisfied with the surgery within 3-6 months.

GYNECOMASTIA MALE BREAST (CHEST) REDUCTION FAQs

Gynecomastia surgery is a safe surgical procedure that has excellent results. If surgery is considered a risk by Dr. Tantawi, it will not be performed.
According to an article published in The World Journal of Plastic Surgery, “The researchers evaluated the outcome of three procedures including only liposuction, only excisional surgery, and the combination of them to find 37.9% of patients who called their surgery perfect, while our patients presented 92.6% success rate and 89% accuracy.”
The cost of gynecomastia surgery is determined by the procedure that is done, cost of anesthesia, the facility where surgery is done and other factors. Dr. Tantawi will give you the amount of the total cost at your consultation.
In most cases, it is not covered by insurance, but can be deemed a medical necessity by your primary physician or specialist. In such cases, it may be covered by insurance. Be sure to bring any medical records to your consultation, so that Dr. Tantawi can advise you whether it can be covered or not.

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