Gynecomastia is described as having excessive fat and tissue that can affect one or both of the breasts. Affecting only men, this condition may cause poor self-esteem and dissatisfaction with body image. Irvine plastic surgeon Dr. Marguerite Bernett, will work closely with patients to discover their personal esthetic goals, as well as implement a procedure method that will help to achieve the desired look. Dr. Bernett will do every single thing possible to ensure that patients regain their self-confidence and are released from their cosmetic concerns.
Men who are self-conscious because of larger than normal breasts are candidates for this surgery. Our doctor will provide a thorough assessment to establish if gynecomastia is the condition causing the enlargement. Men should be at or near a healthy weight and have relatively good skin tone. If the excessive breast tissue has stretched the skin, a skin tightening technique will be incorporated during the surgery.
WHAT TO EXPECT
During surgery, our surgeon will use liposuction to remove excess breast tissue an will trim away any skin that shows sagging. In most cases, the incision is made around the areola, which helps minimize scarring. For extreme cases, additional surgical consideration may be made such as a lift, nipple repositioning or skin grafting. It is normal to have bruising and swelling around the chest area for the first couple of weeks. A compression garment must be worn for about 2 weeks to help with reshaping and healing. Men who suffer from gynecomastia often want to begin lifting weights to help accentuate the overall outcome. This is encouraged, but must be avoided for at least 6-8 weeks or until clearance has been given by our staff.
Male breast reduction surgery will vary in cost depending on the complexity of the surgical case. This surgery can average between $4,000 to $8,000. Some things to consider that may affect cause include liposuction, skin tightening, nipple repositioning, skin grafting, etc.
SHOW OFF YOUR CHEST!
If you have lived in fear of taking your shirt off at the pool and exposing your chest due to gynecomastia, we encourage you to call our plastic surgery office and schedule a consultation with our team’s endowed board-certified plastic surgeon. Our practice has created outstanding outcomes for countless men and will develop a tailored surgical plan to address your specific case.