Male Breast Reduction Philadelphia
Dr. Chapin is a widely recognized Philadelphia, Doylestown, Bucks County and Montgomery County plastic surgeon who focuses on breast enhancement procedures for both women and men. He offers male breast reduction surgery for men who are suffering from gynecomastia. Male breast reduction removes excess tissue and fat and reshapes the chest area for a sleeker and more masculine-looking contour. To get a better idea of what male breast reduction accomplishes, please visit Dr. Chapin’s photo gallery of former breast enhancement surgery patients.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition in men characterized by excess fat and/or glandular tissue that leads to enlarged breasts. It can affect one or both breasts. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, about half of all men are affected by gynecomastia. In most cases, the cause of gynecomastia is unknown. However, it has been linked with hormonal factors, certain medications and diseases, and drug use. While it is not a serious medical condition, gynecomastia may lead to mild physical discomfort, especially when exercising or participating in sports activities. The most common negative effects of gynecomastia are psychological difficulties such as low self-esteem and embarrassment.
Am I a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction?
You may be a candidate for male breast reduction if you feel embarrassed due to oversized or enlarged breasts. In order to qualify for surgery, you should be in good general health and not overweight (male breast reduction is not a weight loss procedure). Also, you should not have any uncontrolled medical issues that would compromise your surgery or recovery. Dr. Chapin may order some tests prior to your surgery, to make sure that your gynecomastia is not caused by any unknown medical condition. You should have good skin elasticity so that after surgery, your skin contracts over your newly contoured breasts.
What Does Male Breast Reduction Involve?
The most effective treatment for gynecomastia is surgical breast reduction. Dr. Chapin is well-versed in the latest male breast reduction techniques, which have proven to produce permanent and satisfying results in most patients. After male breast reduction, the breasts look flatter and more masculine.
Male breast reduction is an outpatient procedure that lasts one to two hours. Dr. Chapin makes the surgical incisions either around the nipple or in the armpit. Through the incisions, he removes fat using liposuction techniques, and surgically excises glandular tissue. In some cases, he may also remove excess skin.
What Is the Recovery Like?
Everyone’s body heals at a different pace, but most of Dr. Chapin’s male breast reduction patients recover within a few short weeks.
In the first few days after surgery, your chest will feel sore and swollen, and you will have bruising. Dr. Chapin will prescribe oral medication to soothe any post-operative pain or discomfort. It’s important to get as much rest as possible and avoid strenuous activity. Do not bend at the waist or lift anything heavy. Eat well-balanced meals, stay hydrated and take short walks to promote good circulation and prevent blood clots.
Dr. Chapin will schedule several follow-up appointments during your recovery to check your healing progress, answer any questions and clear you to return to your normal routine.
Learn More about Male Breast Reduction
To learn more about male breast reduction or schedule a consultation, please email our office or call us at 267-880-0810.