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Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction Surgery) - Downers Grove, IL*

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Overview

Almost 65% of men will develop excess breast tissue during their adolescence, a condition known as gynecomastia that results in an appearance similar to a female breasts. Often caused by a hormonal imbalance, steroids or medications with estrogen, gynecomastia can affect a man's confidence and make them embarrassed when they remove their shirts. Male breast reduction surgery for gynecomastia at InsideLookMD in Chicago, performed by plastic surgeon Dr. Paresi, uses liposuction and other techniques to remove the excess breast tissue and restore the chest to a more masculine contour. It is important for men to be at a healthy, stable weight before having breast reduction surgery since the procedure removes excess breast tissue and not excess fat.

Surgical Technique

Breast reduction surgery for men is done through a special liposuction technique. Some men with milder cases of gynecomastia may only require liposuction to attain good results. This is performed to remove the fatty tissue residing under the skin. During this approach, a small incision is made around the areola (intra-areolar). This allows access for a suction device to move through the chest and remove fat and tissue. In severe gynecomastia cases, an en bloc resection of excessive breast tissue and tightening of loose skin may be necessary. This includes nipple grafting and may require a staged surgery. 

During/After Surgery

All male breast reduction procedures are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure at an accredited surgical facility. The surgery typically lasts about an hour. Following surgery, there will be some swelling,ll not.  and a compression garment should be worn for 1-2 weeks. Most patients are able to resume normal work schedules within a few days, and incorporate exercise within 4 weeks. This surgery allows men to feel more confident when exposing their chest due to a firmer, flatter chest. In most cases, scarring is inconspicuous.

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Male Breast Reduction FAQs

Will This Help my Pecs?

Every man is born with some soft tissue covering his pectoralis muscles. When this breast tissue overgrows into larger breasts, the pecs are often hidden. Through male breast reduction surgery, the excessive tissue is removed so the natural contour and shape of the chest wall can be seen. Men who wish to tone and strengthen their chest muscles will have equal opportunity to do so. Strength training will help lead to optimal results once this tissue has been removed.

Is Liposuction Always Needed?

In most cases, yes. The soft tissue and fat that collects in excess will need to be removed using liposuction. There are many liposuction techniques to consider. Some are less invasive and can help the skin become tighter on the chest wall. These methods can be discussed during your consultation.

What About Scarring?

Incisions for this surgery are well concealed. They are usually placed around or near the areola and are typically small enough that scarring is minimized. Over time, the incision lines will fade and become almost nonexistent for most men.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.