Male Breast Reduction – Gynecomastia

Men in the Harrisburg, PA region strive to have a chest which is broad and flat or even muscular. Unfortunately, 50-60% of adolescent men and up to 70% of men aged 50-69 years suffer from feminine looking breasts, also called gynecomastia. Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of all men. It may affect only one breast or both. Though certain drugs and medical problems have been linked with male breast overdevelopment, there is no known cause in the vast majority of cases. While changes in lifestyle, including diet and exercise, can help flatten the chest, surgical intervention is often needed to achieve the desired contour.

For men who feel self-conscious about their appearance, male breast-reduction surgery can help. The procedure removes fat and or glandular tissue from the breasts and in extreme cases removes excess skin, resulting in a chest that is flatter, firmer, better contoured and more defined.

In most cases, correction of enlarged male breast tissue is performed in our in-office surgical suite in Mechanicsburg, PA under local anesthesia with oral medication for pain and relaxation.  You’ll be awake, but very relaxed and insensitive to pain. Patients may be candidates for liposuction or Smartlipo MPX™, the most advanced laser lipolysis system available, or excision of glandular tissue or a combination of both.  More extensive correction of enlarged male breasts may also be performed under general, or in some cases, under local anesthesia plus sedation (twilight anesthesia) at West Shore Surgery Center.  Dr. de Ramón will discuss which option is recommended for you, and why this is the option of choice during your consultation.

Am I a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery?

A good candidate for gynecomastia surgery is usually 18 or older since young men and adolescents may not be fully developed or may lose excess tissue spontaneously from the chest. In addition, men should be at a healthy, stable body weight and have good skin texture. Men who use marijuana or anabolic steroids may see an exacerbation of gynecomastia and should stop the use of these drugs to see if chest fullness diminishes.

What is the recovery like?

Men in the Harrisburg, PA region find that there is minimal pain after male breast reduction surgery. Most patients return to work after 2-3 days, To better accommodate these patients, surgery is often performed on Thursday afternoon with a return to non-strenuous work on Monday. A compression garment vest is worn after surgery to assist in the healing process. Dr. de Ramón has a specially trained medical staff to offer personal care throughout the recovery process. Post-op patients are also given his personal cell phone number to contact him in case of problems or questions.

What is the cost of gynecomastia surgery?

Gynecomastia surgery performed in our office consists of physician fees only. The fee is based on the time required for the procedure and whether liposuction is used. The fee for gynecomastia surgery is between $3900-4500. Should the procedure be performed as an outpatient, facility and anesthesia fees may add between $1200-1500 to the physician fees.

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