Women are not the only ones who can be affected by oversized breasts. Men with gynecomastia — a condition that causes enlarged, woman-like breasts — can experience physical discomfort, low self-esteem and other problems related to the size and shape of their breasts.
Dr. Genaro Valladolid performs male breast reduction for men with gynecomastia from Scottsdale, Mesa and the surrounding areas. He is extremely empathetic to the emotional and physical distress that gynecomastia causes, and he offers innovative treatment solutions to help men enjoy a more masculine appearance and greater self-confidence.
Dr. Valladolid recognizes the many ways that gynecomastia can affect a man’s self-image, confidence and quality of life. He knows that a man with enlarged breasts might feel embarrassed, ashamed and shy about his appearance; however, the plastic surgeon immediately puts every patient at ease with his friendly, caring personality. Dr. Valladolid works hard to create a comfortable environment to help each patient open up about his concerns and desires. Based on what the patient has described, Dr. Valladolid develops a treatment plan tailored around those goals.
After male breast reduction, patients describe feeling comfortable in their own skin —sometimes for the first time in many years! Self-confidence blossoms, clothing fits better and physical activities and exercise are no longer a burden, thanks to gynecomastia treatment.
The most suitable candidates for male breast reduction are healthy men who are within their target weight range yet unhappy with the size of their breasts.
Male breast reduction may involve liposuction, surgical excision or both techniques, depending on the degree of correction needed and the composition of the breasts.
Men whose breasts are enlarged due to excess fat may achieve their desired chest contour through liposuction alone. Dr. Valladolid creates small openings in the chest skin and uses a thin, hollow tube called a cannula to break up and remove the unwanted fat. He works meticulously to sculpt a flatter, firmer chest.
Men whose breasts are large due to excess fat and glandular tissue need surgical excision (i.e., cutting out the breast tissue). Through an incision encircling the areola, Dr. Valladolid removes excess glandular tissue and skin. He can incorporate liposuction techniques to remove fatty tissue, and he can also reduce oversized areolas if desired.
In cases where the breasts are large and saggy, the excision may need to be performed through a larger inframammary incision that includes the excess skin, fat and breast tissue. Sometimes a free nipple graft may be required in these cases.
Recovery varies by patient and by treatment plan. Men who have liposuction alone normally have a slightly shorter and easier recovery than men who have surgical excision and liposuction.
Patients are usually fitted with a special compression garment that aids in the healing process. This garment should be worn for a few weeks to support the healing tissues. Bruising, swelling, a feeling of tightness across the chest and slight discomfort are common after surgery.
Most patients can resume work and light exercise within a week or two of surgery. More strenuous activity is permitted after about two weeks, and patients can resume upper body workouts incrementally starting four to six weeks after surgery.
If you are interested in discussing male breast reduction with Dr. Valladolid, please contact one of his offices in Scottsdale or Mesa by calling (480) 770-5015 today.