Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)
Gynecomastia is the status of enlarged male breast tissue, commonly treated with male breast reduction surgery. At Alpha Male Plastic Surgery, our team specializing in gynecomastia treatments for men. Contrary to common belief, studies show gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of the male population. Men who have oversized breasts experience feelings such as embarrassment, emotional distress, as well as avoidance of intimacy.
What Is Gynecomastia?
- Excess localized fat
- Excess glandular tissue development
- A combination of both excess fat and glandular tissue
- Those above may be current in one of or both breasts
Male breast reduction surgery can help by reconstructing a flatter, firmer look to the male chest. Before surgery, it is important that patients should be checked to see if there is any medical cause of their gynecomastia.
Male breast enlargement involves men of all ages. Causes of gynecomastia include side effects of certain drugs, disease, hereditary conditions, and hormonal changes.
Specially trained members have thorough knowledge in male breast reduction surgery for male patients, giving thousands of men the look and self-esteem they desperately want. Patients of specially trained members no longer have to hide under loose clothing or feel ashamed by their once-problem area.
How Is Gynecomastia/Male Breast Reduction Performed?
Liposuction can help best achieve male breast reduction by removing excess glandular tissue. The average surgical time is about two hours and requires local or general anesthesia. You will be asked to wear a special compression garment for readjustment to help support the new contours of your chest. Downtime is minimal (approximately one week), and results are permanent unless future weight gain causes excess fat in the breast area. If you are considering male breast reduction, it is important to look for a board-certified plastic surgeon. The cost of surgery is worth the comfort and trust you will obtain with the right doctor for you.
MiniGyno™ Incision Treatment with TetherProof™ Technology
Dr. Steinbrech and the staff at Male Plastic Surgery have developed a unique technique using a smaller puncture mini-incision which removes the glandular tissue and fat without a larger incision that patients fear may tether with bigger scars. The result is giving the patient more courage when he is at the beach or in a bodybuilding competition.
What Are the Types of Gynecomastia?
Unlike many other conditions men experience, gynecomastia surfaces in several different forms. Below is a comprehensive list of each and what to look for. The team at Male Plastic Surgery will ultimately diagnose which of these types the patient is experiencing.
Gynecomastia Types 1-3
Type 1: Type 1 gynecomastia is referred to as “puffy nipple.” It is usually composed of glandular tissue that is firm and dense. Many Type 1 gynecomastia patients have lean body mass, have little fat and are of young age. Surgically removing the glandular breast tissue is the preferred choice for surgeons and is minimally invasive.
Type 2: Type 2 Gynecomastia is the most common type. Most males have excess breast volume that consumes the lower chest. This is often the size of a tennis ball and could even be as large as a softball. Liposuction is the preferred and most efficient treatment, however; some patients have a combination of both fatty and glandular tissue. For these types of cases, a combination of liposuction and surgical removal is the preferred choice of surgery.
Type 3: Type 3 gynecomastia has a chest angle of 45-60 degrees and begins to sag when the angle is within this range. Treatment for Type 3 gynecomastia depends on the age and skin quality of the chest. Your doctor will surgically remove breast tissue which is often the preferred technique to ensure all necessary breast tissue is eradicated.
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Gynecomastia Types 4-6
Type 4: Type 4 gynecomastia has a chest angle of 60-90 degrees, which means there is already a noticeable component of chest sag present and skin removal is necessary to correct the visibility of breast sag. Surgical removal of breast tissue is the ideal procedure to ensure all of the breast tissue is removed. Liposuction is not an effective treatment for removing Type 4 gynecomastia.
Type 5: Type 5 gynecomastia is defined as having sagging breast tissue, which falls below the chest fold and the bottom of the areola located above the chest fold. Type 5 gynecomastia requires an anchor lift to tighten the chest. Males with Type 5 have extra excess skin that needs effective treatment. A specially trained member will perform both liposuction and surgical removal of breast tissue at the same time for this type of gynecomastia.
Type 6: Type 6 gynecomastia has severe breast tissue sag and falls below the chest fold. It can be seen extending under the armpits and towards the back. If the patient is bulky and overweight, liposuction may be used to flatten the breast and decrease the fatty deposits. Surgical removal of the glandular breast tissue is the preferred choice of a specially trained member to ensure the elimination of unnecessary breast tissue.
Type 7: Type 7 gynecomastia has the top of the areola sagging below the level of the chest fold. There may be a noticeable volume in the breast which will often extend towards the back. Surgical removal of the breast tissue is the best option for Type 7 gynecomastia to ensure complete elimination of all unwanted breast tissue for male patients.
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