Male breast reduction is one of the most common male plastic surgery procedures performed in Houston, The Woodlands, and Conroe, Texas. It affects men of various ages because gynecomastia or male breast tissue excess can be due to genetic, hormonal, or environmental factors.
In patients who we are concerned that there may be a genetic or hormonal source, Dr. Gill will recommend evaluation by an endocrinologist or primary care doctor to ensure there is no medical treatment available prior to proceeding with surgical options. There are also environmental sources such as alcohol, anabolic steroids, and marijuana; which can cause production of breast tissue. In these cases, discontinuation of the offending agent, often results in resolution of the problem.
Once a patient has been deemed a candidate for surgery, we will assess the breast tissue. Generally speaking, there is fibrous breast tissue and glandular breast tissue. Fibrous breast tissue is very dense, whereas the glandular breast tissue is very soft. Based on the amount of glandular and fibrous breast tissue in comparison to amount of loose skin, Dr. Gill will develop a surgical treatment plan to safely and effectively correct your concerns.
What is the recovery time frame for a male breast reduction procedure?
The male breast reduction procedure typically offers a very quick recovery if the ultrasonic liposuction technique or direct excision technique is utilized. The key to an optimal result is continuous compression garment use for a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Most men are sore for a period of 5 to 7 days with the ability to return to a desk job, not require pain medicine by about one week postoperatively. Most swelling and bruising will also resolve by about four weeks. Careful follow-up and continuous compression garment use are keys to a successful and natural result.