Q:What is involved in the initial exam?
A:Your initial consultation is very important. You will be asked to bring your medical history. Because underlying conditions such as liver disease, use of estrogen medications or steroids have been linked to gynecomastia, both your history and your breasts will be examined to rule out these obvious causes. Should a medical problem be detected, you will be referred to an appropriate specialist. Depending upon the degree of fat and glandular tissue involved, we will discuss the best surgical approach for you and answer any of your questions.
Q:What kind of scars can I expect?
A:You can expect a two to three millimeter scar at the bottom of the areola when the procedure involves Liposuction of the fatty tissue only.
There is a chance that an extended scar along the areola could be necessary if additional breast tissue must be removed.
Q:When can I go out in the sun?
A:This is a very important question. You must avoid exposing your chest to the sun for at least 6 months. Sun can permanently affect the skin’s
pigmentation, causing the scars to turn dark. In any case, it is advisable to use a strong sunblock (SPF 45 or greater) and be cautious.
Q:Will my chest ever return to its preoperative condition again?
A:Male breast reduction is permanent. However, significant weight gain, or exposure to drugs and steroids can affect the size of your
Q:How do I know if I need a lift along with a reduction?
A:Depending upon the amount of breast tissue and redundant skin, a breast lift may be indicated. In some cases, not only fat and breast tissue is
removed, but also excess skin. An exam by the plastic surgeon will be needed to definitively know if a reduction and/or lift will be necessary for
the desired result.
Q:What complications should I be aware of?
A:Risks and uncertainty are part of every surgical procedure. Complications associated with gynecomastia are infrequent and usually minor. Having
said this, risks include infection, skin injury, excessive bleeding, an adverse reaction to anesthesia and excessive fluid loss or accumulation. It
can also result in noticeable scars, permanent pigment changes or slightly mismatched breasts or nipples. Some patients experience temporary loss of
breast sensation (rarely permanent) or numbness.