Gynecomastia is an atypical enlargement of the breast glands in males. Gynecomastia may be hereditary, due to a hormone imbalance, or from medications or anabolic steroid use. The plastic surgeon can use a variety of modalities to remove the excess glandular tissue and restore the chest to a firm flat look.
During your consultation, Dr. Izquierdo will discuss all your options based on his examination. Dr. Izquierdo’s goal is to restore the chest to a firm flat look.
Surgery for gynecomastia is not an uncommon procedure. Although pain may be minimal or intermittent, at times, the level may increase. The surgery is done as an outpatient in an ambulatory surgery center under general anesthesia. The procedure takes between 1-2 hours.
It can sometimes be performed by solely using liposuction. However, many patients will require an incision made around the areola to remove all of the excess tissue.
Immediately following gynecomastia surgery, patients wear a compression bandage. Drains are sometimes needed for days 1-2 days after surgery. Breasts will be reduced, swollen and uncomfortable for a few days. Most patients report very little pain from gynecomastia surgery. You will be seen 1-3 days after surgery and then in one month, and finally 4 months after surgery.
Scars will be red or or pigmented for 1-2 months, and gradually fade to pale by 4-6 months following surgery. Sometimes complete fading can take up to one year. Scars are rarely troublesome and all attempts to minimize the scarring will be made.