Gynecomastia is the growth of male breast tissue. It is a normal process that occurs in about 80% of teenage boys. Due to pubescent hormonal changes, this is usually temporary and usually only involves one breast at a time. Most of the time this condition will resolve in a matter of months, however if the condition last more than one year without any underlying medical condition, then surgical intervention may be needed.
The Traditional Procedure
Mastectomy for gynecomastia (feminine looking breasts on a male) is traditionally performed under general anesthesia. This procedure removes the breast tissue with an incision around the areola. Many times plastic surgeons incorporate liposuction of the breast area in addition to avoid the depression deformity known as “sauce pan” deformity.
In patients who suffer not only from excess glandular breast tissue but also have sagging, loose skin in the breast area, may require surgical excision to remove this excess skin. As a result of this more invasive approach, more scars will be present around the areola and the inframammary fold.
Laser-Assisted Gynecomastia Reduction
With the introduction of newer laser technology (Smartlipo MPX), Dr. Perez has developed an innovative procedure to address gynecomastia. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia and oral sedation in our in-office surgical suite. Utilizing the Smartlipo laser, Dr. Perez is able to separate the breast skin from the glandular breast tissue and underlying pectoralis muscle.
Benefits of Using Laser
There are several patient benefits by using this technique. The energy passed by the Smartlipo laser coagulates blood vessels, decreasing bleeding and bruising and ultimately diminishing post-operative swelling. This laser energy also stimulates the dermis to increase contraction of the skin, many times avoiding the need for surgical excision of the skin in mild to moderate cases of excess skin.
Post-surgery, male breast reduction patients can expect to have mild pain that responds well to oral narcotic pain meds. A compression garment will be used for support and will need to be worn for at least two weeks post operatively. If sutures are present, most times they are removed at day #7. Many patients find that they are able to return to normal activity within 10 days and limiting more intense activity (exercise and lifting) for three or four weeks.
The results obtained with this technique have made Dr. Perez’s practice a destination for body builders and men who seek a discrete result with minimal scars. For more information about our innovative approach to male breast reduction please schedule your consultation at Renue Aesthetic Surgery today.