Gynecomastia Pasadena (Male Breast Reduction)

What is male breast reduction for gynecomastia?

Did you know that overdevelopment of excess breast tissue can occur in up to 60 percent of men? The problem often begins in adolescence and may not resolve on its own. People with this problem are often highly self-conscious about the way their chest looks.

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People with this problem are highly self-conscious about the way their chest looks.
People with this problem are highly self-conscious about the way their chest looks.

Male breast reduction (gynecomastia treatment) will eliminate this problem by surgical excision of excess fat and glandular tissue from underneath the nipple and areola.

Understanding Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the medical term for an enlarged male breast size due to a hormonal imbalance during puberty, weight gain (pseudo-gynecomastia), and other medical conditions. It is mostly seen in teenage boys and older men.

How is male breast reduction surgery performed?

The traditional approach uses large disfiguring incisions on the chest wall to flatten the overall chest contour and often requires longer incisions after extreme weight loss. Although improvements in contour are possible with this technique, the presence of large scars can lead to psychological and emotional stress. 

Dr. Panossian’s technique involves a limited-incision style whereby he reduces the enlarged breast through a single remote incision. Through this small incision, he injects a solution of diluted epinephrine into the deep and superficial layers of the breast. This solution is identical to what we use in standard liposuction techniques. This allows decreased swelling and bleeding during the liposuction portion of the surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Panossian uses either Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) or Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL) in cases of dense breast tissues. We use this technique to remove the excess fat widely over the chest wall. Through the same incision, the Pasadena plastic surgeon divides the connections between the glandular breast tissue and any overlying nipple as well as skin. This tissue is then grasped and extracted to complete the process. Dr. Panossian repeats the process on the opposite breast. Then, the patient will wear a compression garment or firm wrap at the end of the surgery.


What is the recovery from gynecomastia?

Male breast reduction is usually an outpatient procedure. Discomfort may last for several days following surgery and is well-controlled, usually with oral pain medications. Bruising may be present and can last for 2 or more weeks. Swelling may persist for several weeks. The elastic compression garment will need to be worn for six weeks to ensure proper healing. Mild swelling may persist for several months after the surgery.

We encourage patients to walk on the same day as their male breast reduction surgery. We also recommend having someone pick you up and help you at home for the first 24 hours. People usually return to work 1 to 2 weeks following surgery. Stitches placed are usually dissolvable. Gentle exercise may begin in 2 weeks, but you should still avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and sports for 6 weeks. Limit your sun exposure for 6 to 12 months. Otherwise, the scar can be covered with tape or with a liberal application of sunblock. Dr. Panossian will go over his unique scar management protocol to achieve the best possible results.

Risks and Complications

What are the risks and complications of gynecomastia?

As with most surgical procedures, with a healthy lifestyle and no latent medical conditions, complications are infrequent and are usually minor. In any case, Dr. Panossian must first determine whether you are an ideal candidate for a male breast reduction procedure or not. Risks of bleeding, infection, and general anesthesia complications can occur with virtually all surgeries. In addition, there is a risk of fluid accumulation underneath the chest skin. This fluid accumulation can be blood or a type of normal lymphatic fluid called a seroma. Often, we can solve these fluid accumulations by sucking them out with a needle in the office on one or more occasions. However, in the case of large or recurrent accumulations, additional surgery may be required to decompress them.

Other problems of gynecomastia surgery can include noticeable scars or subtle pigmentation changes in the breast area. Loss of breast skin sensation or numbness can occur. Asymmetry may be present with respect to differences in the nipple and areola or with the overall reduction volume. Much of the asymmetry may resolve with further healing and subsidence of swelling. However, significant asymmetry may require a second surgery to remove additional tissue.

Dr. Panossian’s staff is available at all times to discuss pre- and postoperative instructions and to address any potential problems following surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Male Breast Reduction

How Much Does Gynecomastia Surgery Cost in California?

The cost of gynecomastia surgery, also known as male breast reduction, in California, can vary. The cost of gynecomastia surgery may fluctuate depending on various factors such as the surgeon’s experience, location, facility fees, anesthesia costs, and the extent of the procedure required. It is important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine an accurate estimate for individual cases. While male breast reduction prices can vary slightly, it is essential to prioritize quality and expertise when considering this procedure to ensure optimal results and patient satisfaction.

Can Gynecomastia Come Back After Surgery?

Gynecomastia surgery is an effective solution for reducing male breast enlargement caused by glandular tissue and fatty tissue. The excised fat and glandular tissue are permanently removed during the procedure, ensuring that they will not grow back. However, it is crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle after surgery to prevent regrowth of excess tissue.

In some cases, regrowth can occur if patients lead an unhealthy lifestyle, including poor diet and lack of exercise. Certain medications and drug use can also contribute to the development of excess tissue. Therefore, it is essential for patients to follow their surgeon’s post-surgery instructions and make necessary lifestyle changes.

Maintaining a healthy weight is important, as weight gain can cause the remaining fatty tissue to enlarge and create the appearance of gynecomastia. Additionally, excessive weight loss may result in excess skin.

To prevent gynecomastia from coming back after surgery, it is crucial to adopt a healthy lifestyle, avoid certain medications or drugs that can stimulate breast growth, and manage weight fluctuations effectively to minimize the risk of developing excess skin or regrowth of glandular or fatty tissue.

Can Gynecomastia Go Away Naturally?

Gynecomastia, the condition characterized by the development of excess breast tissue in males, may naturally subside during adolescence. However, for adults with visible male breasts, it is less likely to go away on its own. While pseudo gynecomastia, caused by an excess of fat deposition in the chest area, can be reduced through diet and exercise, true gynecomastia arising from an excess of breast tissue typically requires medical intervention. Therefore, engaging in regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help reduce pseudo-gynecomastia but may not necessarily resolve true gynecomastia without professional treatment such as male breast reduction surgery.

How Long to Wear Compression Vest After Gynecomastia Surgery?

After undergoing gynecomastia surgery, it is crucial to wear a compression vest immediately. The purpose of the vest is to reduce bruising and swelling in the chest area. Typically, it is recommended to wear the compression garment for a minimum of four weeks after the procedure. This duration allows for optimal healing and ensures that the desired results are achieved. Following your surgeon’s instructions regarding how long to wear the vest is essential for a successful recovery from gynecomastia surgery.

Is Gynecomastia Surgery Safe?

Gynecomastia surgery, including liposuction procedures, is generally considered safe. The majority of patients experience smooth recoveries and achieve successful outcomes. However, like any surgical procedure, there is always a possibility of complications. Despite the rare occurrence of risks, it is important to work with a skilled surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia surgery to minimize any potential complications.

By ensuring that the patient and surgeon pay great attention to safety measures, the overall safety of gynecomastia surgery can be significantly enhanced. It is advisable for individuals considering this procedure to consult with an experienced surgeon who can provide personalized guidance and ensure a safe surgical journey.

What gynecomastia pasadena office is near me?

If you live near Pasadena, CA, Dr. Panossian offers male breast reduction among its services and is conveniently located at 39 Congress St., Suite 402, Pasadena, CA 91105

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