Excessive chest tissue can cause men to feel self-conscious at the gym, on the beach or in other social situations. The surgical treatment of enlarged male breasts is called gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction. When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like the professionals at Chicago Aesthetic Surgery Institute, it is an effective procedure that can profoundly affect a man's appearance and confidence. Our plastic surgeons are some of the most experienced and well-trained Chicago male breast reduction providers, and they are devoted to offering excellent customer service and outstanding results for all of their patients.
Candidates for gynecomastia treatment are men with excessive glandular tissue in one or both breasts. Ideal candidates are in good physical health, do not smoke and are close to their goal weight. The candidates should have realistic expectations of the surgery. The patient's goals and expectations will be discussed during a comprehensive consultation at our facility.
The procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia, provided by our anesthesiologists or nurse anesthetists. The surgeon makes an incision around the areola, under the crease of the breast or in the armpit. Then, liposuction and/or excision techniques are used to remove the excess fat or glandular tissue, as well as excess skin (if necessary). The nipple and the areola may be reduced and repositioned to enhance the overall outcome. The incisions are then closed and the chest is bandaged. Some scarring is inevitable but it will be mostly concealed within the natural contours of the body.
Our Chicago cosmetic surgeons and their support staff will provide comprehensive instructions following surgery. The patient is advised to follow all instructions regarding the incisions, taking pain medications for any discomfort, and resuming day-to-day activities and exercise. Appointments will also be scheduled with the doctor to ensure proper healing.
The results of gynecomastia treatment are usually permanent, as long as the patient follows his surgeon's instructions and remains at a stable weight. Significant weight gain could compromise the outcome of the surgery. The patient will most likely notice that he is more comfortable going shirtless at the beach or pool, and may have more confidence in other social situations.
Male breast reduction is a highly effective procedure when performed by a board-certified surgeon. However, as all surgical treatments, it includes some risks, such as bleeding, infection, blood clots, poor wound healing, loss of nipple sensation and unfavorable scarring. These risks can be discussed in greater depth with the surgeons at Chicago Aesthetic Surgery Institute and NeoDerma Medspa.
If you would like more information about male breast reduction in Chicago, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.