Gynecomastia is a condition suffered by men of all ages and is characterized as having excessive fat and tissue in either just one breast or both. This condition may cause low self-confidence and poor body image as well as skin irritation and discomfort in more severe cases. Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery is proud to offer male breast reduction surgery to help combat this condition. During consultation with one of our board-certified cosmetic surgeons, patients will have the opportunity to discuss their body goals and how this procedure can help them. At Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville, we work closely with each patient to help them restore their self-confidence and fully enjoy their body.
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Breast reduction surgery for men is done through a special liposuction technique. Some men with milder cases of gynecomastia may only require liposuction to attain good results. This is performed to remove the fatty tissue residing under the skin. During this approach, a small incision is made around the areola (intra-areolar). This allows access for a suction device to move through the chest and remove fat and tissue. In severe gynecomastia cases, an en bloc resection of excessive breast tissue and tightening of loose skin may be necessary. This includes nipple grafting and may require a staged surgery.
All male breast reduction procedures are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure at an accredited surgical facility. The surgery typically lasts about an hour. Following surgery, there will be some swelling,ll not. and a compression garment should be worn for 1-2 weeks. Most patients are able to resume normal work schedules within a few days, and incorporate exercise within 4 weeks. This surgery allows men to feel more confident when exposing their chest due to a firmer, flatter chest. In most cases, scarring is inconspicuous.
Male Breast Reduction FAQs
Will This Help my Pecs?
Every man is born with some soft tissue covering his pectoralis muscles. When this breast tissue overgrows into larger breasts, the pecs are often hidden. Through male breast reduction surgery, the excessive tissue is removed so the natural contour and shape of the chest wall can be seen. Men who wish to tone and strengthen their chest muscles will have equal opportunity to do so. Strength training will help lead to optimal results once this tissue has been removed.
Is Liposuction Always Needed?
In most cases, yes. The soft tissue and fat that collects in excess will need to be removed using liposuction. There are many liposuction techniques to consider. Some are less invasive and can help the skin become tighter on the chest wall. These methods can be discussed during your consultation.
What About Scarring?
Incisions for this surgery are well concealed. They are usually placed around or near the areola and are typically small enough that scarring is minimized. Over time, the incision lines will fade and become almost nonexistent for most men.
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"I had my breast done in January with Dr. Hickman and she was amazing! She took her time with any questions during the consult, making sure I was completely informed and comfortable. Her work is amazing, I love the outcome."- B.W. / Google / May 12, 2021
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"I cannot say enough things about Dr. Bates and his Nurse!!! From my first visit to surgery and PostOp, the care I received has been top notch. When I had a minor complication Dr Bates was quick to give me a call and answer any questions I had. His bedside manner is what really sets him apart. If you’re thinking about using Dr. Bates just do it!!!! I will use him again for future operations."- A.P. / Google / Apr 23, 2021
"I can't say enough great things about my entire experience at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery! From my initial call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hickman, to the day after my surgery when I received a phone call checking in with me to see how I was doing ... Dr. Hickman and the entire Staff at PVPS have been nothing short of welcoming, kind, and professional beyond measure. Your compassionate, friendly, exceptional care is a gift, and appreciated immensely!"- T.S. / Office Visit / Oct 19, 2021
The cost of male breast reduction varies based on the extent of the surgery. The average cost for gynecomastia surgery is roughly $5,000-$9,000.