Men suffering with large, protruding, or puffy breasts are experiencing the condition known as Gynecomastia. This can be the result of genetics, hormonal fluctuations, medications, illness, or the aging process. A common condition, in many patients, the cause of Gynecomastia may remain unknown. Regardless of the trigger, unusually large male breasts can be devastating, causing a loss of confidence and self-esteem. Gynecomastia is often seen in teens, stemming from hormonal changes during puberty, resulting in ridicule and teasing.
In a few cases, Gynecomastia will resolve on its own. For most patients, however, surgical correction will be the only option for restoring a flat, masculine chest. A male breast reduction is an invasive procedure that removes the excess glandular and fatty tissue from the chest. Unwanted skin will be eliminated and the nipple repositioned, if needed. One or both breasts can be treated. The results of a male breast reduction can be dramatic; as a flat, sculpted chest is created.
Dr. Vitenas performs his male breast reduction under general anesthesia, on an outpatient basis. The technique can take two or more hours, depending on the techniques utilized. In some cases, liposuction will be included in the procedure, to better sculpt the chest by eliminating excess fatty tissue. Glandular tissue and unwanted skin will be excised, creating a desirably smooth chest. When needed, nipple reconstruction can be included. Dr. Vitenas’ Gynecomastia procedures are performed at the Houston Surgery Center. This accredited day surgery center is located in the same building as Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Vitenas also offers an extended care suite for anyone looking for extra assistance during the first 24 hours of healing.
Men can expect their Gynecomastia recovery to take between one and two weeks, depending on the type of correction performed. A compression garment will be recommended for the first week, sometimes longer, after a male breast surgery. This promotes proper healing and keeps swelling to a minimum. While some swelling and bruising are common, these are short-lived. The chest may be sore, tender, and even feel tight along the incisions. Dr. Vitenas will prescribe the appropriate pain medications to ease the discomfort. Temporary numbness can sometimes occur, although this will resolve on its own. Men are normally back at work in three to five days. Heavy lifting and strenuous work or exercise should be put off until the chest is completely healed, between four and six weeks post-op.