Male breast reduction for enlarged breast tissue, also called gynecomastia, is designed to give the patient a flatter chest with a more masculine contour.
How Is Male Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?
Surgery to reduce the quantity of male breast tissue usually done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia but can also be done with sedation and local anesthesia. Excess breast tissue and fat can be removed using either liposuction, excision (cutting the offending tissue out), or a combination of both. Excess skin may also be removed, particularly for men who require the surgery after a significant weight loss. The surgery itself takes about one hour to complete. Our Denver gynecomastia surgery patients typically go home several hours after surgery, to be cared for by a friend or relative.
Are You a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction?
If you are a man with excessively large breasts, or if you have excess or sagging tissue in your chest area following significant weight loss, you may be a candidate for male breast reduction in Denver.
Health Conditions and Gynecomastia
Several health conditions can contribute to the development of gynecomastia. These health conditions include:
- Klinefelter’s Syndrome
- Pituitary insufficiency
- Kidney disease or failure
- Cirrhosis of the liver, liver failur
Preparing for Surgery
To prepare your body for surgery, your most important job is to maintain good health by eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, avoiding tobacco and alcohol, getting proper rest, and engaging in a regular exercise routine. As with any surgery, it is vital that you are in good general health to reduce risk. Your medical history will be reviewed, along with the medications you take to help ensure the procedure is safe.
Recovery from Male Breast Reduction Surgery
The post-surgical symptoms include swelling, soreness, a tight sensation, and some pain in the breast area. These symptoms are easily managed with pain medication and diminish within a few days. A compression vest or chest wrapping is usually needed for a week or two after surgery. Light activities may be started in seven to ten days. Aerobic activities can often be resumed in about four weeks. The full result of the breast reduction surgery will be visible after about six weeks when swelling has subsided.
Patient Safety Matters to Us.
At Colorado Plastic Surgery in Denver, we foster a culture of patient safety. All surgical procedures are performed with the help of credentialed medical professionals, stringent sterilizations protocols, and use the most advanced surgical technology to protect patient health and safety.
Confidence in Body Image: A Masculine Chest
For men who are living with gynecomastia, our gynecomastia surgery in Denver can provide incredible relief and increased confidence in your appearance. You can freely reveal your upper body, wear tighter shirts, and enjoy an increased quality of life. As most men suffering from an excess of breast tissue are embarrassed by the condition, the surgery can be life-changing.
Why Do Men Develop Gynecomastia?
When men develop an excess of breast tissue, it may be due to various factors, including:
- Hormone imbalance
- The use of certain medications
- Cancer treatments
- The use of recreational drugs
- Various health conditions that impact hormones
- The constant use of various herbal supplements
Is Insurance for Male Breast Reduction Available?
Male breast reduction may be covered by some, but not all, insurance carriers. Currently, we are not accepting new insurance patients. If you would like to seek reimbursement for the procedure, we are happy to provide you with the required medical codes for self-submission. We can assist you to obtain financing for this procedure. We are affiliated with companies that offer financing for cosmetic surgery.
Among his many surgical credentials, Denver plastic surgeon, Dr. Slenkovich, has also written or edited a number of medical articles on breast reduction and gynecomastia. Many of his articles can be found on emedicine.com.
If you are concerned about excess breast tissue, please contact our Denver, Colorado office today to schedule a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for gynecomastia surgery.
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