Although rarely discussed, enlargement of the male breast is a common condition often due to gynecomastia. Gynecomastia affects approximately 40 to 60% of men at some point in their lives. There is often no known cause, although there has been some correlation with various drugs or medical conditions. Most breast enlargement occurs during puberty and usually resolves in a year.
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What Is Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
Men who feel self-conscious about having enlarged breasts and/or nipples are helped with breast reduction surgery. The procedure removes fat and/or glandular tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases removes excess skin, resulting in a contoured chest that is flatter and firmer.
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What Does Gynecomastia Surgery Cost in Charleston, SC?
The cost for gynecomastia surgery varies with surgical technique, patient needs, and other factors. During a private consultation, patients are given a personalized price quote for the procedure.
Who’s an Ideal Candidate for Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
Men, as well as adolescents who have completed puberty, may be good candidates for male breast reduction if they meet the following criteria:
- Are at a healthy stable weight
- Have had medical conditions, medications, and other substances ruled out as the cause of their breast enlargement
- Want to feel more confident in shirts and when shirtless
- Accept the fact they may have visible scarring
What Happens During A Consultation
Because we want to create your ideal surgical results, the consultation is a critical part of the process. Your surgeon will walk you through your options and help you make choices that align with your anatomy and goals. This time will also be used to conduct a thorough medical history and address all your concerns and questions.
You will have another preoperative appointment closer to the date of your surgery. At this time, you will sign the consent forms, have photos and measurements taken, and receive detailed instructions for before and after surgery. Please adhere to these instructions closely as they are instrumental in ensuring your safety and comfort.
How Is Male Breast Reduction Performed?
Male breast reduction surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure using local anesthetic with IV sedation or general anesthetic. Depending on patient needs, the surgeon will surgically remove (excise) excess tissue, fat, and skin, use liposuction to remove excess fat, or a combination of techniques. Regardless of the technique, special care is taken to minimize and conceal scarring.
Recovery After Gynecomastia
Patients are typically ready to return to non-strenuous work and school within a week of surgery; jobs and activities that involve heavy lifting require about 2 to 3 weeks of downtime.
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