Marina del Rey
Dr. David Stoker
4640 Admiralty Way #1000
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
You've heard all the derogatory terms, but while excess breast tissue in men is an easy target for jokes, it's also an extremely common condition. The embarrassment men feel can have a negative effect on their lives. Many will avoid removing their shirts at the beach or wear layers of clothes to hide their bodies. Fortunately in Los Angeles, male breast reduction is a simple, effective way to attain a more masculine-looking chest.
At the root of gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts, is excess tissue and fat that can make the breasts appear larger. Male breast enlargement may be caused by loose skin, excess fat or breast tissue, or excess areolar tissue. It's important to diagnose exactly what needs to be removed to achieve a slimmer, smoother chest. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I have years of experience that allows me to diagnose and treat gynecomastia with your individual anatomy and concerns in mind.
While the exact cause of excess breast tissue isn't known, it affects a significant number of men and can be linked to excess weight or hormonal imbalances. Many of my patients have tried to correct the problem with diet and exercise, but often that is not enough. If you're considering surgery as a solution, then it's important to understand the techniques that are available to you.
I use several techniques for male breast reduction. Los Angeles men who have relatively good skin elasticity can often achieve a handsome result from liposuction. During liposuction, I place a small incision at the lower lateral crease of the breast. Then I use a thin, hollow tube called a cannula to loosen and remove excess fat.
Depending on your condition, I may recommend liposuction combined with breast tissue removal, or breast tissue removal alone. In extreme cases, such as following massive weight loss, skin removal may be necessary as well. Given all the options, it's important to choose a surgeon who has performed many of these procedures and takes the time to examine you, understand your goals and explain your options.
Healthy men of any age are considered good candidates for male breast reduction surgery. The best candidates are those who have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the body's new contours. Many of my patients add liposuction of the midsection as a complementary procedure to eliminate love handles and maximize results.
In Los Angeles, male breast reduction is often performed under a local anesthetic. After surgery, you will wear a snug-fitting support garment, like a vest, for about a week to minimize swelling and bruising. It's natural to experience some discomfort, but it is easily managed with mild pain medication. Most of my patients ease back into their routines within a few days. Healing continues for several weeks, and you'll immediately see improvements in your chest contour.
Possible but uncommon risks include infection, bleeding and seromas (pockets of fluid). Each of these complications may be treated effectively with diligent postoperative care.