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Sometimes, a condition known as “gynecomastia” can cause enlarged male breasts, keeping you from enjoying a more toned and muscular chest. Fortunately,  our expert surgeons can easily remove the excess tissue and fat associated with this condition with male breast reduction for gynecomastia. Richmond Plastic Surgeons offers gynecomastia surgery for men in Richmond, Midlothian and surrounding areas of Virginia.

What Exactly Is Gynecomastia?

Plenty of men have experienced gynecomastia, a medical condition that causes enlarged male breasts due to the presence of excess fat and glandular tissue.  As babies and teenagers, men often develop “breast buds” that disappear as they get older. However, some men might continue to have enlarged breasts into adulthood. This can be caused by:

  • Medications
  • Marijuana use
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes

Diet and exercise might be an ineffective remedy, due to the nature of this type of male breast enlargement, leaving gynecomastia surgery as the best option.

What Are the Benefits of Male Breast Reduction?

Gynecomastia correction primarily serves to boost self-confidence by giving you the appearance you’ve always wanted in your chest area, given that gynecomastia does not present a medical concern for men.

Am I the Ideal Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?

You might very well be an ideal candidate for gynecomastia surgery if you:

  • Are in good health
  • Have realistic expectations for your procedure
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Are near your ideal weight

What Should I Do Before My Male Breast Reduction?

Our surgeons are highly experienced when it comes to our Richmond Male breast reduction surgery, which utilizes techniques that are very similar to those used in female breast reduction. We’ll work with nuances of the male body, ensuring that your results give you a toned and masculine appearance in your chest area.

What Should I Expect on The Day of My Gynecomastia Surgery?

Gynecomastia correction can be achieved via liposuction, surgery, or a combination of both.

Liposuction is typically best for removing a relatively small amount of fat and glandular. Your surgeon will recommend general or local anesthesia based on your individual needs.

Male breast reduction via liposuction involves small incisions made around the areola, through which a cannula is inserted and used to loosen the excess fat before it’s suctioned out.

Gynecomastia surgery involves an incision in the areola or armpit area, allowing your surgeon to remove excess glandular tissue and fat. Liposuction is sometimes used to further refine the results.

What Can I Expect After My Gynecomastia Surgery?

Your chest will be wrapped with a comfortable compression bandage, and you’ll experience a bit of discomfort and tenderness after your surgery. Non-prescription medications can help, and your doctor might prescribe pain medication to let you relax over the next few days. Bruising and swelling are normal for the first week or two.

Most patients can get back to work after just a day or two. You’ll need to avoid sexual activity for up to two weeks, and avoid any strenuous exercise for at least three weeks.

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How Long Will My Male Breast Reduction Take?

Gynecomastia surgery typically takes two to three hours. Liposuction can take one hour.

Will My Male Breast Reduction Leave Scars?

It will, but the scars from gynecomastia correction are quite difficult to notice. At first, the incisions will look pink or red in color, before turning brown or tan, and then fading. The scars won’t disappear completely, but you can help them fade properly by avoiding sunlight for about six months.

When Will I See My Results?

The swelling can last for about three months or longer, and then you’ll be able to enjoy your full results.

Are There Any Possible Complications with Gynecomastia Surgery?

Our highly-qualified surgeons utilize their vast experience, along with advanced surgical techniques, to steer clear of any potential complications. Of course, all surgeries come along with inherent risks associated with anesthesia. We’ll work closely with you, to avoid complications like:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Changes in skin color
  • Abnormalities in the areola or nipple

You may experience a loss of sensation in the nipple area, which can last up to a year.

How Long Will the Results of My Male Breast Reduction Last?

Forever! The results of male breast reduction are permanent, but weight plays a part in the longevity of the procedure. Maintaining an active lifestyle and a healthy bodyweight can help you preserve your results.

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