Gynecomastia, defined by the presence of enlarged male breasts, can be a troublesome issue for many men. This problem is more common than you might think, with approximately 50-60% of adolescents, and up to 70% of men aged 50-69 years-old affected. Reasons for gynecomastia include, age, hormonal imbalances, certain medications, and drug use. Dr. Mushin brings to Houston experience with a wide variety of techniques to correct gynecomastia.
What type of procedures are performed?
The goal of male breast reduction or gynecomastia operations is to remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin to create a smooth and masculine chest. The type of procedure performed depends on how much extra gland/fat is present and whether excess skin is present as well. Some options include:
Liposuction: In cases where mild to moderate amounts of fat and gland, excess tissue can often be removed through the use of liposuction alone. Small incisions are made in hidden areas and the chest is contoured and sculpted.
Periareolar Excision: In patients with a moderated amount of glandular tissue but no excess or sagging skin, tissue can also be removed through a small incision around the areola.
Male Breast Reduction: In cases with a large amount of excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin, a male breast reduction is performed. In this type of surgery, an incision is made around your areola, and a wedge of skin is removed, resulting in a linear scar across the lower chest. This is the most powerful operation and is typically reserved for patients with severe gynecomastia.
Will there be scars?
The location and type of scars will vary. If possible, and depending on the deformity, incisions are placed in discreet locations.
What is the recovery process like?
The length of recovery varies with the type of procedure performed. Liposuction procedures typically do not require as much recovery time. A compression garment will be placed and should be remain on until follow-up. Pain medication will be prescribed for discomfort. Drains are often placed when excision of tissue is needed and are typically left in for 1-2 weeks. At the time of your consultation, Dr. Mushin will outline your full recovery process.
Why choose us?
Houston-raised Dr. Oren Paul Mushin is a fully-trained, highly-skilled plastic surgeon whom you can trust with your care. Educated at Duke University, one of the top medical schools in the country, and trained in New York, he brings with him extensive knowledge of cosmetic surgery to Houston, TX. Above all, he is caring with his patients, and meticulous in his approach. Call us today to make an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!