Through male breast reduction, Dr. Howrigan can provide a firmer, flatter chest contour for men who have excess breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia. To achieve these goals, plastic surgeons use techniques such as liposuction and surgical tissue removal.
For a man, excess breast tissue consists of both fatty tissue and glandular tissue. It may be sensitive or tender and often causes embarrassment. Gynecomastia can affect men of all ages, including adolescent boys. Many sufferers choose to hide it or ignore it rather than seek treatment.
The cause of gynecomastia is not clearly defined. Sometimes, it is the result of a hormonal problem that can stem from different inherent or lifestyle-related factors. Anabolic steroids, impaired liver function, testosterone deficiency and medications have been linked to this condition. Before considering male breast reduction in Boston, you should see your primary physician to investigate and resolve possible causes of gynecomastia.
Dr. Howrigan will first evaluate your condition to determine if male breast reduction in Boston can meet your needs. She may need to see an MRI or mammogram to determine the composition of your excess breast tissue.
The surgery requires about 1 hour under local or general anesthesia (depending on the amount of tissue to be removed). Incisions are made around the pigmented area of the nipple to minimize scar visibility. The doctor will then excise glandular tissue and/or remove fat with liposuction. In cases of large volume removal, the doctor may also need to remove skin in order to achieve satisfactory results. When tissue removal has been completed, the doctor closes the incisions and wraps the chest in gauze.
You'll be able to return to a normal routine after approximately 1 week and exercise after about 3 weeks. You will likely experience some discomfort, swelling, bruising and temporary changes in skin sensation. Dr. Howrigan can prescribe a pain medication to control discomfort during your recovery. During a post-operative follow-up appointment, the doctor will remove stitches and monitor your results.
It may take several months for the final results to become visible. After you are fully recovered, your chest will appear flatter, firmer and more masculine. With exercise and lifestyle changes, you should be able to further improve the results and ensure that they last. The scars, although they are permanent, will fade and flatten out over time.
What questions do you have about gynecomastia or male breast reduction in Boston? Get answers from Dr. Peggy Howrigan, a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in Wellesley, Massachusetts.