Male Breast Reduction

Male Breast Reduction or Gynecomastia

 

Male breast reduction is fast becoming one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries among men. It is the procedure that treats the dreaded “man boobs”. Gynecomastia is quite a common condition and can be found in up to 40% – 60% of men at some point in their lives. With better technology and refined techniques more and more men are choosing to have male breast reduction surgery.

According to recent stats from The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) Gynecomastia (enlarged male breast) surgery had significant growth, from 17,645 procedures in 2011 to 22,736 in 2012, an increase of over 25%. Dr. Bray is the first Plastic Surgeon In Toronto Offering Revolutionary New Technology BodyTITE Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction to Treat Gynecomastia (Enlarged Male Breasts).

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What is gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the medical name for excessive enlargement of the male breasts. This condition usually affects both breasts but sometimes only one side becomes enlarged. Gynecomastia often develops in younger males when they're going through puberty, but as many as 30 percent of those who suffer from the condition are 20 years old and up. Gynecomastia itself does not pose any health risk to those affected, but can sometimes occur as a result of an underlying hormonal or medical problem. In addition certain drugs, both under-the-counter and over-the-counter can cause male breast enlargement. Dr. Bray will take a detailed medical history to rule-out these treatable causes of gynecomastia before recommending surgical treatment.


What are the misconceptions and some of the causes of gynecomastia (enlarged male breast)?

Unfortunately, many people have misconceptions as to the causes of gynecomastia, attributing it simply to weight gain, poor diet, lack of exercise or other lifestyle choices. This simplistic view fails to recognize the stubborn persistence of the problem despite the excellent physical condition of many sufferers. While it is certainly important for those with gynecomastia to strive for a stable, healthy, sustainable weight as a first step, these efforts are often insufficient to completely solve the problem. During your consultation Dr. Bray will perform a careful examination to help you determine what role, if any, weight loss or lifestyle modification would play prior to proceeding with surgery.


 What are the benefits of BodyTITE liposuction vs traditional Liposuction for male breast reduction?

BodyTite liposuction is a great, new option for treatment of gynecomastia, creating a flatter, more masculine contour without leaving visible scars on the front of the chest. Traditional liposuction is generally only a partial solution for gynecomastia, failing to completely remove the tough, rubbery breast gland. In the past, therefore, surgeons had to make a large incision on the chest to remove this component, which made it obvious that a man had undergone surgery. The radio-frequency energy used during a BodyTite procedure helps to soften that glandular tissue such that Dr. Bray can remove it through a tiny, inconspicuous incision near the under-arm area. In addition, BodyTite Liposuction creates precise heating that results in much better skin-tightening. This feature is important with gynecomastia treatments because an enlarged breast can have stretched skin which is otherwise left behind after traditional removal techniques, resulting in unsightly folds and ripples. Dr. Bray’s patients come from across Canada for gynecomastia reduction due to the exceptional results with BodyTITE technology.


 How do I know if I am a good candidate for gynecomastia (male breast reduction) surgery?

You should be in good health, a non-smoker and close to your ideal weight. You should have realistic expectations and goals. For teenagers it is generally best to wait until 18-20 years old when puberty has finished and the hormone levels have stabilized. There are however certain cases where it could be done earlier. All potential candidates will have a formal consultation with Dr. Bray to review individual concerns and health status.


 What is the recovery like following gynecomastia (male breast) reduction?

Most men find the recovery process after BodyTite to be quite straightforward. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia but with patients heading home within a few hours after surgery. You will need to wear a compression vest for the first few weeks to minimize swelling. This garment is similar to the tight vest that cyclists wear and can be concealed under normal clothing. You will likely experience some soreness or aching of the chest area but easily manage with regular pain medications.

You can resume light activities right away and expect to be back to work within several days. For optimal recovery, however, you will need to avoid heavy upper body activity for about 4-6 weeks. Dr. Bray will closely monitor your recovery and advise you individually on the appropriate return to normal activities.


 Are there complementary body contouring procedures?

Yes, you can have additional areas contoured at the same time as a breast reduction. Stubborn trouble spots such as the love handles and abdomen are popular additions for many men. These latter areas respond very well to BodyTite treatment as do the neck (NeckTite) and face (FaceTite).

For more information or to book a private consultation with Dr. Bray call
416-323-1330