Men who have an over development of breast tissue—a condition called gynecomastia—may feel self-conscious about their appearance, too embarrassed even to remove their shirts in public. But they have options: Male breast revision surgery can help create an ideal masculine chest contour.
The cause of breast growth in men remains unknown, but researchers have linked it to obesity and certain medication usage in adults. For boys going through puberty, gynecomastia can develop due to hormonal changes, but the condition typically resolves on its own as hormone levels stabilize.
For men who have the condition beyond puberty, our plastic surgery team can perform a male breast revision at virtually any age. However, breast size should be stable for at least a year before considering surgery. You should also see your primary care physician to rule out any serious underlying medical conditions.
Male breast revision costs vary based on your specific treatment goals and other services you may also undergo. Your surgeon will discuss the cost of your breast revision with you during your consultation, and our team is always available to help establish a breast revision payment plan that works for you.
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What to Expect Before, During and After a Male Breast Revision Procedure
You’ll start by consulting with one of our plastic surgeons to determine the best surgical approach to meet your ideal outcome. Your surgeon will explain the procedure and its similarities to a mastectomy.
During the procedure, your surgeon will make a small, half-moon incision at the edge of your areola. This careful placement minimizes any scarring. Your surgeon will then remove excess fat with liposuction or a scalpel, depending on your breast type.
Most patients return home the same day as their surgery, but have to keep a drain in each breast for a week after. You’ll experience slight discomfort while the wounds heal over the following two to three weeks. Your surgeon will prescribe medications to aid the healing process and reduce your risk of infection.
Male Breast Revision Risks
All surgeries come with a risk of complications, but male breast revision surgery is typically very safe. Your surgeon and care team will check in with you throughout the healing process and are always available to answer any of your concerns.
The most common complications of male breast revision surgery involve infections and scarring. In rare cases, you may experience a loss of sensation in the nipple area, which may be temporary or permanent. Talk with your surgeon and care team about your concerns or any issues you run into during your healing process.
Is male breast revision surgery right for your transformation? Contact us by filling out our online form or calling us at 610-902-1828.