Male Breast Reduction Chicago
Excessive breast tissue in men is called Gynecomastia. This can develop most commonly at puberty although it can also appear in late adulthood. Gynecomastia has many causes which include medications, drugs such as steroids or marijuana, and hormonal conditions.
In puberty, Gynecomastia especially unilateral, improves with age. If there are no medications, drugs, or hormonal conditions causing the Gynecomastia, surgery may be an option to correct the deformity.
Who is a good candidate for a Male Breast Reduction?
Gynecomastia must be worked up to rule out medical conditions causing the male breast hypertrophy. If there is no cause that is identifiable, surgery may be an option.
What is the Male Breast Reduction surgery?
Gynecomastia is graded in its severity. Sometimes, there is only a mild amount of excess fat and gland underneath the nipple. As the condition worsens, there is more glandular tissue and more excessive skin.
The treatment involves Liposuction of the fat of the chest for mild cases; Liposuction and excision of glandular tissue underneath the nipple with a small incision on the bottom of the areola; and for the most severe cases, it also includes excision of skin.
What are the risks associated with Male Breast Reduction?
Bleeding and hematoma is the most common risk as well as infection, scarring, asymmetry, nerve injury, and contour problems after surgery. These risks are generally uncommon and Dr. Lee can discuss this with you further at your consultation.
How long is the recovery process from Male Breast Reduction?
The recovery varies but usually takes one week to have decreased swelling and minimal pain. There may be some bruising and swelling that last longer. Most people return to work in one week.
Is Gynecomastia surgery covered by insurance?
Gynecomastia is usually not covered by insurance. Occasionally, if the breast mass is large enough or causes nipple discharge or skin irritation, it will be covered.
Contact Dr. Lee today for a Male Breast Reduction consultation!
If you are suffering from Gynecomastia , contact Michael J. Lee, M.D. today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.