An estimated 40 to 60 percent of men are affected by gynecomastia, the condition of having excess breast tissue or enlarged breasts in males. Heredity, hormones, medication, or drug use are all potential causes for this condition which can negatively impact a male’s self- image. Many patients have come to Dr. Newall because they no longer feel comfortable taking off their shirt in public at the beach and they avoid wearing tight fitting clothing. This issue also makes it more difficult and painful for men to workout or go jogging. For this reason, Dr. Newall finds this surgery particularly rewarding to perform because of the positive difference in self-confidence he so often sees it make in male patients.
Several techniques are utilized in a gynectomastia procedure depending on the underlying causes of the condition. Liposuction may be all that is required to reduce excess fatty tissue. If excess glandular material is also present, Dr. Newall may use the “short scar removal” technique to make a small incision through which he can remove the hardened glandular tissue. This will leave a small scar that is hidden in the areola line (along the edge of the nipple).
If excess skin is present, Dr. Newall can remove this as well. His consultation with you will allow him to determine the best treatment plan to fit your needs. This procedure can be performed in 1-2 hours under local anesthesia, and most patients are able to return to work in 3-4 days. Heavy exercise should be avoided for 3-4 weeks.