Male Breast Reduction in Houston, Texas (Gynecomastia)

Gynecomastia or enlarged male breasts is an incredibly common condition with many different causes. The Oaks Plastic Surgery uses multiple techniques to correct male breasts, tailoring the procedure to each individual.

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What is a Male Breast Reduction or Gynecomastia Surgery?

Gynecomastia is defined as the enlargement of the male breast glandular tissue. Gynecomastia can range from barely noticeable to severe. In moderate and severe cases the male breast can be noticed through clothing. Gynecomastia can be caused by certain medications, changes in male hormones, steroids, marijuana, weight gain, aging, and various other health conditions. Because our focus is on your health and patient safety, the plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery will likely run a variety of medical tests in order to rule out any medical cause of male breast enlargement.

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What is a Male Breast Reduction or Gynecomastia Surgery?

Gynecomastia comes in many different forms and multiple techniques are used in male breast reduction. In some cases, the amount of breast reduction needed is very small without much fibrous tissue under the nipple. In these cases, your TOPS plastic surgeon may be able to perform your male breast reduction with liposuction alone. Often times, however, the tissue under the nipple is very fibrous and cannot be removed with liposuction alone. In these cases, a small incision under the nipple can be used to directly remove the breast tissue and contour the chest with a well hidden scar. In more severe cases of male breast enlargement, excess skin is present that requires skin removal. In these cases, your Houston plastic surgeon will talk to you extensively about your goals and desires and will discuss different procedures to help remove the excess skin. Your TOPS plastic surgeon will take great care to conceal your scars for a natural result. Sometimes, our male breast reduction patients also have complaints of enlarged nipples or areolas. Your plastic surgeon can address these complaints at the time of the gynecomastia or breast reduction procedure.

At The Oaks Plastic Surgery, our Houston plastic surgeons aim to get you the best result possible. Whether you want a flat chest or a more muscular, toned look, we encourage you to be open with your plastic surgeon so that we can work together to achieve your best look. Male breast reduction is most commonly performed under general anesthesia and performed as outpatient surgery.

Why do you want a Male Breast Reduction in Houston Texas?

You are not alone! Many men in Houston suffer from the distress of male breasts. Many of our patients have tried weight loss, diet, and working out with little or no success. Having abnormal breast tissue that can be visible in clothing is very discomforting to many men. At The Oaks Plastic Surgery, Dr. Danielle Andry and Dr. Nandi Wijay take great care to conceal male breast reduction scars and provide a natural looking result to improve your confidence with or without a shirt on.

What do you want from a Male Breast Reduction in Houston, Texas?

The Oaks Plastics Surgery plastic surgeons believe in restoring your chest back to its best form. The TOPS plastic surgeons want you to feel comfortable by the pool or gym or in clothes. Our Houston plastic surgeons want to focus on your specific goals and your anatomy to bring you the best result they can. It is important for you to discuss with your surgeon how important contour and form is to you versus scars. It is also important for you to discuss whether you want a more flat or muscular appearing chest. The TOPS plastic surgeons want to work with you to achieve these goals and will discuss different techniques to give you the best result they can.

What procedures are often performed with a Male Breast Reduction surgery in Houston, Texas?

Most often, male breast reduction is performed along with other body contouring procedures such as liposuction or male tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Some of our male breast reduction patients are looking for a more chiseled, muscular look. High definition liposuction can be performed to help sculpt areas of the body including ab etching, pec etching and etching of other areas of the body to bring out muscle definition and create the illusion of a six pack or etched chest. More and more of our male patients are also undergoing fat transfer to areas such as the buttock and chest for a more sculpted, muscular look.

What can you expect at your initial consultation for Male Breast Reduction?

If you are interested in male breast reduction or gynecomastia excision in Houston, Texas, an appointment can be made with one of our Houston plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery (TOPS), Dr. Danielle Andry or Dr. Nandi Wijay. You can expect the initial consultation to last an hour or more. In your consultation, your Houston plastic surgeon will:

  • Listen to your specific complaints and goals
  • Perform a thorough examination, focusing on your individual anatomy. Precise measurements and photographs will be taken.
  • Depending on your goals for male breast reduction, your plastic surgeon will discuss details of the surgical procedures that are offered and which approach is best for you. Details regarding scars and technique will be outlined for you.
  • The risks and benefits of male breast reduction and all other plastic surgery procedures you may be undergoing will be thoroughly outlined
  • You will be given ample opportunity to ask questions from both your plastic surgeon, any of our other TOPS plastic surgeons, and our TOPS staff regarding male breast reduction surgery
  • You will be sent home with a packet of information regarding male breast reduction including a detailed consent form and instructions for before and after your male breast reduction surgery in Houston, Texas.

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What can you expect on the day of your Male Breast Reduction surgery?

The day of your gynecomastia or male breast reduction procedure in Houston, Texas, your TOPS plastic surgeon will meet you in the preoperative area to go over any last minute questions or concerns you may have regarding your plastic surgery procedure. Your plastic surgeon will make preoperative markings and will perform extensive checks and attention to detail ensuring high quality care and safety. You will meet the anesthesiologist and their team, as well as the members of the plastic surgery operative team.

During the procedure, the TOPS plastic surgeons pay meticulous attention to detail and work as a team to ensure a great result with a focus on safety and quality. Your family will be updated of your status periodically and will be able to talk with the plastic surgeon one-on-one after the plastic surgery procedure is completed. Depending on the details of the gynecomastia procedure, your procedure will typically last between 1.5-2.5 hours.

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What can you expect for recovery after Male Breast Reduction or Gynecomastia Excision in Houston, Texas?

After your breast procedure, you will be placed in a special post-surgical garment. You will have dressings covering the incisions and you can expect drainage from the areas in which liposuction was performed. Swelling is typical after your plastic surgery procedure. You may shower 24 hrs after the procedure. The TOPS plastic surgeons employ a multimodal pain regimen to decrease or eliminate your need for narcotic pain medication, which allows our plastic surgery patients to recover quickly and feel more like themselves soon after surgery. Most of our male breast reduction patients are ready to go back to work within 1-2 weeks. Initially, our plastic surgeons and staff in Houston will see you or communicate with you daily to ensure proper healing. Most of the swelling begins to subside over the first week or two and typically resolves by 4-6 weeks.

Your TOPS plastic surgeon will advise that you refrain from strenuous activity or heavy lifting greater than 10 lbs for 2-6 weeks during the healing process. Unless you undergo significant weight gain, results typically hold up over long periods of time.

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