Male Breast Reduction and Gynecomastia in Voorhees, NJ
At William Franckle, MD, FACS, we handle a broad range of surgical procedures dealing with both the face and body. One of our more common procedures is male breast reduction surgery necessitated by gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is the medical term for enlarged breasts in men. Approximately 15 million males in the United States experience gynecomastia at any given time. It can be found in either one breast or both, and it can sometimes cause a noticeable imbalance in the size of the breasts. Though it is often a painless condition, men who suffer from it may experience feelings of embarrassment or shyness.
“Dr. Franckle was extremely personable. I didn’t feel rushed [at] all. I felt ‘at home’.”
Post-Op Patient – December 2015
What Causes Gynecomastia?
The condition occurs when there is an imbalance in a man’s hormone levels. This causes him to have a decreased amount of testosterone compared to estrogen. This imbalance can be caused by some factors, including age, side effects of medications and other drugs, health conditions, or herbal products.
Gynecomastia can occur naturally during various stages in life where there is a shift in hormone levels. The ages where this condition is most prominent include infancy, puberty, and older ages. Typically, the condition corrects itself over time as the hormone levels return to normal.
Medications and other drugs can produce gynecomastia in the breasts as side effects of their use. Some of the medications include anti-androgens, anabolic steroids, tricyclic antidepressants, chemotherapy, and heart medications. Non-prescription drugs such as alcohol, marijuana, heroin, and others can cause an enlargement of the breasts.
Products infused with herbal supplements have also been found to contribute to the enlargement of male breasts. These products include tea tree or lavender oils, shampoos, lotions, and soaps.
Health factors also have a hand in the development of gynecomastia. Those who suffer from tumors, kidney failure, hypogonadism, cirrhosis, malnutrition, or other health conditions can experience a shift in hormone balance that causes the breasts to become enlarged.
Though the most common symptom of gynecomastia is the swelling of the breasts, there are other symptoms to be aware of. These include soreness and pain, tenderness, and nipple discharge. For those experiencing any or all of these symptoms, it is highly recommended to seek medical assistance to determine if this is a chronic condition that needs treatment.
In most cases, the symptoms of gynecomastia will go away as the hormones balance out, whether that happens naturally over time, through the use of prescription medication, or by treating the underlying health condition.
In some instances, the swelling of the breasts will persist even after the underlying issues have been resolved. If that is the case, then it is recommended that patients seek surgical treatment to reduce the breast size to standard. These surgeries are intended to provide the patient with a flatter chest and a more masculine figure.
Fortunately, there are techniques already developed that can remove the excess fat or breast tissue from the chest. Dr. Franckle, MD, FACS, utilizes excision, liposuction, and a combination of both in order to reshape the chest into a more natural and masculine form.
Liposuction: Microcannulas are employed to remove the dense breast tissue and fatty tissue found in the normal male breast. If the breast is too dense for the regular liposuction procedure, scalpel removal is utilized.
Excision: This procedure is when the male breast gland is removed from the body. It is removed through a small incision around the areola, leaving only a tiny scar.
Ideal candidates for male breast reduction surgery are those who have not been helped by other medications or treatments, are not suffering from a life-threatening disease or illness, and are non-smokers. Other qualities for an ideal candidate include a positive outlook, realistic goals, and men who are physically fit that also maintain a healthy weight. Teenagers may also be candidates for these procedures, though additional surgeries may be required if there is further development of the breasts in the future.
The patient will be allowed to leave the medical facility just several hours after the completion of the surgery. It is recommended that the patient will receive care from a friend or a relative. Often Dr. Franckle will request the patient to wear a chest wrapping or a compression vest for two to three weeks post-operation. These garments assist in the reduction of swelling and are also used to support the patient’s skin.
About Our Practice
Dr. Franckle is the board-certified, founding plastic surgeon of Premier Plastic Surgery Arts. He utilizes innovative technology to complete plastic surgery procedures in the most effective and efficient manner. He values patient safety above all else and participates in the ABMS Maintenance of Certification™ program.
If you are suffering from gynecomastia, please visit Premier Plastic Surgery Arts. Only through a consultation can it be determined whether a male breast reduction procedure is suitable for you.