Gynecomastia is enlarged breasts in men or boys. It’s a surprisingly common condition that is said to affect between 40 and 60 percent of the male population. Though the causes of gynecomastia are mostly unknown, other causes can be the side effects of medications, the complications of certain medical disorders or heredity. It’s seen sometimes in men who’ve lost a great deal of weight. Though exercise can help, often the skin sags to the point where male reduction surgery is recommended. When performed by our experienced plastic surgeon, this surgery can make a man’s chest flatter and firmer and more appropriately contoured.
Though age isn’t that much of a factor, a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery is a man who has notably enlarged breasts but is otherwise healthy, doesn’t smoke and has skin that’s supple and firm. Well before the procedure, Dr. Pinsky will take a medical history of the patient. The physician will take note of any vitamins or supplements or other medications the patient is taking, whether he drinks or smokes and if he’s had surgery in the chest area in the past. Since male breast reduction surgery is considered cosmetic, it’s usually not covered under usual health insurance. The patient and the doctor can work out financing or a payment plan to help pay for the procedure.
In the weeks before the surgery, the patient should avoid any blood thinning medications like aspirin or ibuprofen. These medications can make it difficult for the patient’s blood to clot after the surgery. If the patient has pain, he should take pain medications like acetaminophen. The patient also needs to stop smoking at least in the fortnight before the surgery. Smoking will make it difficult to heal from the surgery, as will alcohol consumption. The patient should have someone drive him to and from the clinic and should have someone stay with him for at least the first full day after the surgery.