Gynecomastia refers to the enlargement of the male breasts, which affects many men at one point or another. This condition manifests as excess sagging tissue in the chest or a breast appearance that resembles women’s breasts. Medical specialists agree that gynecomastia may be caused by hereditary factors, hormonal imbalance, and medications, among other factors. The majority of men affected by this condition experience diminished self-esteem and self-consciousness when exposing their chest.

Your Male Breast Reduction Consultation

Male breast reduction surgery aims to give men who have a feminine-like appearance of the male breasts a better contoured, masculine-looking chest. During your male breast reduction consultation, Dr. Arroyo will carefully review your medical history to ascertain that you are in good shape to undergo this procedure.

Detailed measurements of your breasts will be taken, and the surgeon will also evaluate your skin quality. Once Dr. Arroyo has all the necessary information, he will discuss a customized treatment plan to meet your goals for male breast reduction at Houston's Arroyo Plastic Surgery. 

You may be a good candidate for this procedure if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • You suffer from very enlarged male breasts that cause discomfort
  • You experience self-consciousness due to the anatomy of your male breasts
  • You have tried dieting and exercise to alleviate gynecomastia but with no success
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of gynecomastia surgery

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Surgical Technique

During gynecomastia plastic surgery, Dr. Arroyo’s team will administer intravenous sedation to keep you comfortable throughout the treatment. The surgeon will then make an incision along the areola’s edge or in any other appropriate location. The surgical method to be used will be determined by the severity of your enlargement and will be discussed during your preoperative consultation. Patients with mild gynecomastia can benefit from liposuction to eliminate the excess fat from the breast/chest region. In severe cases of this condition, the surgeon will remove excess tissue and skin to achieve the desired masculine appearance. Once the re-contouring has been completed, Dr. Arroyo will close incisions and place gauze and bandage on the treatment area. This procedure takes about 2-3 hours to complete. Because this surgery is considered an outpatient procedure, most patients are allowed to go home on the same day to continue their recovery from gynecomastia. Houston's Arroyo Plastic Surgery is here and ready to help you achieve your aesthetic goals, whatever they may be.

Dr. Arroyo's Sedation Method

During your male breast reduction procedure, Dr. Arroyo utilizes a specialized sedation method known as Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) Sedation. This sedation method is generally viewed as safer and free from the side effects of general anesthesia. Using the TIVA method, patients require less intervenous medication and no intubation during their procedure. TIVA begins with an oral medication to ease nerves and assist with pain management. Next, the patient is brought to the operating room and started on a painless IV to begin comfortable sedation. Throughout the entire process, the patient is closely monitored by Dr. Arroyo and his surgical staff, as patient safety is the number one priority.

Recovery After Male Breast Reduction

It is not uncommon to experience some bruising and swelling around the chest area following your gynecomastia surgery. This discomfort tends to dissipate on its own over time. Furthermore, Dr. Arroyo will prescribe pain medication to improve your comfort level.

You will be provided with a specialized compression garment that should be worn as long as required because it helps shape your treatment outcome. The majority of Dr. Arroyo’s male breast reduction patients can resume routine daily activities within a few days.

However, you will be asked to cease heavy lifting and strenuous activities for at least three weeks or until after getting the green light from the plastic surgeon. Ensure a speedy and uninterrupted recovery process strictly adhere to Dr. Arroyo’s post-operative instructions.

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Male Breast Reduction FAQs

What causes gynecomastia

When will I see results?

Can gynecomastia fix itself?

Can male breast reduction be combined with other procedures?

Will there be scars?

How much is male breast reduction?

What causes gynecomastia

Gynecomastia – the enlargement of the male breasts – is a widespread condition caused by hereditary factors. This could include a hormonal imbalance, obesity, lack of proper nutrition, liver disease, tumors in the adrenal glands or testicles, hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism, and certain anabolic drugs, among other causes.

When will I see results?

Following your male breast reduction in Houston, Dr. Arroyo will discharge you to continue with recovery from home. Results are typically evident immediately after recovery (after you stop wearing the compression garment). Although individual results may vary, most of Dr. Arroyo’s patients are extremely happy about this procedure’s outcome. However, the surgeon will ask that you maintain a healthy lifestyle (diet and exercise) to retain this procedure’s benefits for many years.

Can gynecomastia fix itself?

Some younger males who develop this condition realize that it rectifies itself as they enter adulthood. This is typically because the enlargement of breast tissue was caused by hormonal imbalance. In some other cases, men can get rid of this gynecomastia through exercise and dieting. Dr. Arroyo typically recommends surgery as a last resort measure when the enlargement does not appear to respond to exercise or other remedies.

Can male breast reduction be combined with other procedures?

Yes. Some men opt to combine this procedure with other cosmetic surgery such as a tummy tuck. Make sure to let Dr. Arroyo know your goals (during your initial consultation) so he can craft an effective treatment plan to suit your needs.

Will there be scars?

Many patients who are preparing for gynecomastia surgery are concerned about the risk of scarring. Dr. Arroyo makes sure to hide scarring in concealed areas where it is hardly visible. Furthermore, he will provide precise instructions on how to lower the risk of visible scarring. This may include using silicone scar sheets or cream immediately after your incision sites have healed.

How much is male breast reduction?

The procedure’s cost may vary from one patient to another, depending on the amount of breast tissue that needs to be removed. However, many of Dr. Arroyo’s patients can expect to pay between $6,000 and $8,000 for this treatment. During your initial consultation visit with Dr. Arroyo, the surgeon’s team will provide an initial cost estimate.

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