Orland Park

10 S Orland Square

Suite 10C

Orland Park, IL 60462

800.976.9170

Oak Brook

2425 W 22nd ST

Suite 206

Oak Brook, IL 60523

800.976.9170

Hoffman Estates

1800 Mcdonough Road

Suite 209

Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

224.238.3816

Chicago

845 N. Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL 60611

Suite 976 W

800.976.9170

Male Breast Reduction

Chicago, IL Male Breast Reduction Surgeon

Office Locations | Barrington IL | Chicago IL | Hoffman Estates IL | Oak Brook IL
 
Gynecomastia is a medical term that originates from the Greek words for “women-like breasts.” This condition is far more common than many realize. Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of the male population. It may affect only one breast or both. Certain drugs such as anabolic steroids, alcohol, marijuana, as well as medications containing estrogen may cause enlarged male breasts. Certain medical conditions including cancer and impaired liver function may also be a contributing factor. It is widely accepted that a large percentage of cases derive from unknown sources.

Men of any age who are healthy and emotionally stable are considered good candidates for male breast reduction surgery. The best candidates are those who have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the body’s new contours. In some instances, surgery may be discouraged for overweight men who have not tried an exercise and diet regimen prior to surgery.

Enlarged male breasts can be reduced by liposuction and/or by cutting out excess glandular tissue. The procedure for male breast reduction takes an average of two hours, usually on an outpatient basis, using general or local anesthesia. If excessive glandular tissue, fat and skin are present, it will be removed.

Surgery may be performed alone or in conjunction with lipoplasty, where the suction device will typically be inserted through the existing incisions. For the removal of excess fatty tissue alone, liposuction may be all that is needed; in such cases, scars will be small and barely visible.

Results are permanent, although subsequent obesity can create a gynecomastia-like effect. Some of the benefits of surgery include a firmer, flatter, more contoured chest that may give the male patient a boost in self-confidence. There is little downtime, and you may return to work within one week usually, unless you are involved in strenuous activities.

There will be scarring around the nipple of the breast (areola) from this procedure but it will fade over a period of time and be less visible. There will be some post-operative bruising, swelling, and burning sensation that may occur. To assist with the healing process, the patient will wear an elastic pressure garment for 3-6 weeks and must avoid exposing scarred areas to the sun for at least six months.

Other considerations include temporary numbness or a lack of sensation that could last up to a year. Infrequent complications may include infection, skin damage, fluid accumulation, bleeding, and scarring or pigment changes. While rare, post-operative asymmetry is always a possibility. A second procedure may be needed to remove additional tissue.

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10 S. Orland Square
Suite 10C
Orland Park, IL 60462
CALL US: 800.976.9170
1800 Mcdonough Road
Suite 209
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
CALL US: 224.238.3816
2425 W. 22nd St.
Suite 206
Oak Brook, IL 60523
CALL US: 800.976.9170
845 N. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
Suite 976 W
CALL US: 800.976.9170
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