Gynecomastia in Chicago – Male Breast Reduction
Enlargement of the male breast (gynecomastia) is common in boys around the time of puberty. Breast enlargement regresses in most, but remains to a degree in 30% of adult men.
There are also some rare medical conditions and some common medications that are implicated in the development of gynecomastia (Male Breast). If the enlargement is significant, the patient is distressed.
The breast enlargement is mainly fat and therefore liposuction can be successfully performed. However, when the fibrous component is significant, we resort to sharp excision. An incision around the areola is made to allow access to the involved tissue so it can be removed.
If the areola is significantly enlarged, it can be reduced as well. With technical refinement over the last few years we have limited our incision to the area of the areola.
The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The sutures are self-dissolving and if any drains are required, they will be removed once drainage has ceased.