Gynecomastia is a condition in which men develop excess tissue in the breast, often referred to as “man boobs.” For men with this condition, their breasts contain excess fat deposits. This does not necessarily mean that a man is overweight. Men struggling with gynecomastia find that no matter how much weight they lose or exercise they do they cannot reduce the excess breast tissue.
Gynecomastia may impair self-confidence and cause emotional discomfort. Some men might attempt to hide their condition by avoiding certain physical activities or intimacy.
If you find yourself feeling self-conscious, discomforted by your appearance, or if you have been avoiding any activities that involve exposing your chest, male breast reduction is an option to consider. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Greg Chernoff, to learn more about male breast reduction surgery and to see if it is right for you.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM MALE BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY?
Gynecomastia can occur at any age and can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity, obesity or the use of certain drugs. Dr. Chernoff explains to men that their gynecomastia occurs when there is an imbalance with the sex hormones, testosterone and estrogen. Simply stated, estrogen, the “female” hormone, stimulates the growth of breast tissue, while the “male” hormone, testosterone, stops estrogen from making breast tissue.
Gynecomastia can be characterized by:
- Excess breast skin
- Excess localized fat
- Excess glandular tissue development
- Presence unilaterally (one breast) or bilaterally (both breasts)
During your consultation, a complete medical history is taken. Dr. Chernoff will do a thorough examination to determine the most effective surgical approach. He will describe the type of topical anesthesia to be used, the procedure, what results are to realistically be expected, and the possible complications and risks.
WHAT IS MALE BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
Gynecomastia surgery flattens and enhances the chest contours, reducing breast size and improving the conditions listed above. Typically, Dr. Chernoff will use ultrasound-assisted liposuction to remove the excess fat and shrink down the skin accordingly. There may be times when surgical extraction of excess skin will be required. For patients with a small amount of excess skin, Dr. Chernoff will use BodyTite RF to shrink skin during the Gynecomastia procedure. Watch the Doctors Show video to see both Liposuction and BodyTite RF used during a Gynecomastia procedure.
For some men, losing weight can help reduce the profile of male breasts However, there are cases when excessive glandular tissue causes even slimmer individuals to have enlarged breasts. Male breast reduction has a greater consistency in effectiveness for treating gynecomastia, culminating in long-lasting results.*
Mild-to-moderate pain may occur following the procedure, but it can be controlled with oral medication.* Daily showers and antibiotics should be continued to prevent any infection. Some instructions for the day of surgery include getting an appropriate amount of rest and limiting activities.
Dr. Chernoff will determine when normal activities can be resumed. Any weight training and aerobic exercises must be avoided for a period of time. Patients may experience swelling, bruising, numbness and over sensitivity in the surgical area, however, these conditions are usually temporary.*
PREPARING FOR Male Breast Reduction SURGERYPrior to any surgical procedure, Dr. Chernoff recommends that all our patients read our “Patient Guide for Plastic Surgery”. The guide explains important points that all patients should think about as they are considering a procedure.
WHAT RESULTS CAN YOU EXPECT AFTER YOUR SURGERY?
Gynecomastia patients can be assured that, with Dr. Chernoff’s extensive surgical experience and skill, their breast reduction surgery will reduce their breast size and flatten and enhance their chest contours.
Following your breast reduction surgery, Dr. Chernoff and our dedicated team of recovery and after care nurses will provide you with specific instructions regarding the best way to care for your breast following your reduction surgery to promote healing while reducing discomfort. Cold compresses can be used to help minimize swelling and reduce pain.*
DO NON-SURGICAL OPTIONS EXIST FOR GYNECOMASTICA REDUCTION?
Dr. Chernoff has completed hundreds of Gynecomastia reduction procedures and has had the most success with the surgical removal of male breasts. Some patients who cannot have surgery have benefitted from CoolSculpting® for Gynecomastia reduction. CoolSculpting works by freezing and reducing fat cells. Dr. Chernoff will ensure that patients understand the limitations of CoolSculpting.
Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery patients who travel to our Santa Rosa office for their Male Breast Reduction can choose to stay in our Guest House after their procedure. Our staff will advise you with the details.
WHY DR. GREG CHERNOFF FOR YOUR BODY AUGMENTATION, SHAPING & CONTOURING SURGERY?
When considering cosmetic surgery, finding the right surgeon can mean the difference between great results and less than optimal results. Board certification, advanced training and skills, along with years of experience are important factors to consider when selecting your body augmentation, shaping and contouring cosmetic surgeon. You only have one body and you want to be sure to select the “best” plastic surgeon for your procedure.
At Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA you can be reassured that he has the appropriate surgical certifications, extensive knowledge, experience, surgical skill and aesthetic vision. Dr. Chernoff is a renowned aesthetic surgeon and educator.
You can trust your male breast reduction surgery to Dr. Chernoff, a triple board certified facial and reconstructive plastic surgeon. After medical school, he completed an additional eight years of advanced training in breast rejuvenation techniques and combines this with aesthetic vision and patient-centered care to create the optimal surgical experience.
Dr. Chernoff is certified by The American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, The American Board of Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
The After Care we provide at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery is unique and exceptional. We will see patients every day to reassure them, provide treatments and techniques that help the healing process and improve results. Read our Patient Surgery Guide.
Dr. Chernoff has performed hundreds of face and body cosmetic surgeries and procedures for men and women in Santa Rosa, CA and the surrounding communities for over 20 years.*Results may vary and are not guaranteed. Contact Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery to see if you are a candidate.