Male Breast Reduction
Gynecomastia, a condition of excess breast tissue, affects adult men and adolescent boys. For many of these males, a breast reduction surgery is the solution to achieve flatter, more masculine chest.
Men in the Detroit area can turn to Dr. Ellen, a board certified plastic surgeon, for male breast reduction. Dr. Ellen has a special focus on cosmetic procedures of the body and breast, so she can guide you through the surgery and achieve the results you are looking for.
Correcting Gynecomastia (male breast tissue)
You may be a candidate for male breast reduction if you:
During a consultation at our Birmingham plastic surgery practice, Dr. Ellen can determine if male breast reduction is the right solution. Some men may be advised to investigate the underlying cause(s) of Gynecomastia before surgery can be considered.
Common Questions About Male Breast Reduction
Before scheduling an appointment, we encourage you to browse the following questions and answers about male breast reduction. If you have more specific questions, you cansend them to our friendly staff using the online contact form.
What is Gynecomastia?
The term gynecomastia means woman-like breasts, and it's actually a very common condition. Gynecomastia is identified in men who exhibit a combination of excess fat and glandular tissue on the chest. In some cases, this tissue is sensitive. Men and boys are often self-conscious about gynecomastia and frequently hide it or even gain weight to make it less noticeable.
What causes Gynecomastia?
Although physicians have linked it to hormonal changes, drug use and even diet, the definitive cause of Gynecomastia is unclear. If you suspect that your symptoms are related to a lifestyle factor, it is best to meet with your primary physician to investigate underlying causes. If this process does not achieve satisfactory results, male breast reduction is a possible solution.
How does male breast reduction work?
During surgery, Dr. Ellen would remove fat and glandular tissue from your chest area. This can be achieved through an incision near the nipple, where the doctor employs techniques such as liposuction or excision (removal with a scalpel). For removal of significant tissue, a general anesthetic is required. Minor procedures can often be done with local anesthesia and sedation.
How long is the surgery and recovery period?
A typical procedure can be complete in about one hour. Most patients return to work within one week, but exercise should be postponed for at least three weeks. Dr. Ellen can give you specific instructions for your recovery period. Your chest will be wrapped in gauze and tape after surgery. As the swelling subsides, you'll be able to see the initial results, but it may be 3 months before you can appreciate the final outcome.
If you're ready to discuss male breast reduction surgery with a board certified plastic surgeon in the Detroit area, please contact the Birmingham office of Dr. Ellen Janetzke. Birmingham is just 25 miles north of Detroit and 6 miles north or Royal Oak. Call 248-258-5100 to speak with our friendly staff, or use the online contact form to send an email.