Male Breast Reduction in Oakland
Having breasts can be a major source of embarrassment for men. The overdevelopment of the breast gland can result in unwanted enlargement of a man’s chest. This can leave you feeling uncomfortable about your appearance, and often causes men to avoid situations where they need to remove their shirts – like on a trip to the beach or engaging in swimming or other sports.
In Dr. Togba and Dr. Ellis’s practice, they perform male breast reduction surgery to give men contoured, firm chests in a procedure also known as gynecomastia reduction. It is a common surgery for men of many age groups and diverse backgrounds. Just how common is it? Even many professional athletes have had the procedure.
This operation help leave your chest looking more masculine, which helps improve your appearance and self-confidence.
What causes gynecomastia?
There is no known cause for the majority of men with gynecomastia (enlargement of male breasts). What’s more, it is not in all cases that are linked to weight gain, and even men who eat healthy and exercise may not be able to get rid of the unwanted glandular deposits in their breast tissue. Some medications and health conditions may also contribute to gynecomastia, such as hyperthyroidism.
What is male breast reduction surgery?
Male breast reduction surgery removes the overdeveloped glandular tissue and fat, sculpting the chest to the desired contour.
If the enlargement of the breasts is due to fat, sculpting of the chest wall can be accomplished by liposuction alone using small cannulas with external diameters of less than ¼ inch. Glandular enlargement of the breasts, however, will require removal through small incisions placed partway around the areolas. In some cases, excess skin will need to be removed, and this can usually be accomplished with the incision around the areola. Male breast reduction surgery is done under local anesthesia with sedation, or under general anesthesia.
What is the recovery period after male breast reduction surgery?
Patients are usually able to return to work in one to two weeks. The healing process will be accelerated by wearing a support garment (vest). Dr. Togba and Dr. Ellis will advise when you can resume your exercise routine, but you should not exercise for at least three weeks after surgery.
Booking your consultation with Dr. Togba and Dr. Ellis
Dr. Togba and Dr. Ellis are board-certified plastic surgeons in Oakland. They know that patient satisfaction comes from realistic expectations and discusses each procedure during the in-depth consultation.
Other male cosmetic surgery procedures
Additional surgeries that can complement male breast reduction are liposuction of the abdomen and waistline to get rid of unwanted love handles. Dr. Togba and Dr. Ellis also offer other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures tailored specifically for men, including facelift surgery.
To learn more about male breast reduction surgery for gynecomastia in Oakland, California, we invite you to contact our office today.