The price for gynecomastia surgery starts at $8,999 and up, depending upon the size of the breast tissue.
Recovery from gynecomastia surgery takes 4-6 weeks.
The procedure takes 1.5-2 hours to perform.
Gynecomastia (male breasts) is a condition that can have both psychological and physical effects on many men, as men with breasts often feel self-conscious and less masculine about their chest contour.
The cause of the condition can be attributed to genetics; therefore diet and exercise regimes won’t necessarily achieve the results many men are looking for. Fortunately, there is another option. Male breast reduction surgery is the leading treatment for gynecomastia and is widely successful in restoring the chest’s natural, more masculine appearance.
Healthy men with excess breast tissue are often candidates for gynecomastia surgery. Ideal candidates:
● Have excess breast tissue that cannot be corrected with other medical treatments.
● Have unwanted fat deposits.
● Have tried to modify their shape and figure through diet and exercise without achieving the desired results.
● Do not have uncontrolled illnesses, such as heart disease or hypertension.
● Are close to their ideal weight.
● Have realistic expectations.
If you aren’t a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery, review other nonsurgical treatments available at SpaMedica.
Men with large chests often suffer from poor posture. The upper spine can eventually become distorted, causing spinal pain and other issues. Many men notice an immediate improvement in posture after undergoing gynecomastia surgery.
Enjoy Physical Activity
Excess breast tissue makes it difficult to enjoy physical activities. The excess tissue moves during activity, causing chaffing and pain. Patients can engage in physical activities with ease after undergoing male breast reduction surgery.
Removing fatty breast tissue allows men to enjoy a sculpted masculine torso.
A firmer, better-proportioned chest can provide an instant confidence boost.
Although risks can be associated with any procedure, Dr. Mulholland has been performing gynecomastia surgery at SpaMedica for many years. After so many procedures, the risk of a significant complication is extremely low. Although most of these risks listed below have not been seen, the following have been reported:
Loose Chest Skin
Some men experience loose chest skin after undergoing gynecomastia surgery. Dr. Mulholland minimizes this risk by using energy-assisted devices, like BodyTite that retract the skin and soft tissue while removing glandular and fatty tissue.
Some men experience breast asymmetry after undergoing gynecomastia surgery. Choosing a skilled cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Mulholland greatly reduces this risk.
Changes in Nipple Sensation
Changes in nipple sensation are possible when undergoing surgical excision. Often, the changes are temporary, and normal sensation returns after the surgical site heal. However, these changes can be permanent.
Dr. Mulholland strategically places the incisions to reduce the appearance of scarring when performing gynecomastia surgery.
As one of Canada’s most renowned cosmetic surgeons and over 2 decades of experience, Dr. Mulholland is a top choice for men who need gynecomastia surgery. Dr. Mulholland along with his dedicated staff give particular care and attention to the preoperative and postoperative needs of every patient.
SpaMedica provides surgical excisions and liposuction for male breast contouring. Some patients undergo a single procedure, while others achieve the best results by getting surgical excision and liposuction.
Surgical excisions are recommended for patients who need to have excess skin and glandular breast tissue removed or have advanced gynecomastia. The cosmetic surgeon removes the excess breast tissue and skin and repositions the breast, so it is in natural alignment.
Liposuction is typically recommended for men who have excess fat around, under, and behind the nipples. Dr. Mulholland uses BodyTite, SmartLipo, and VASER Lipo energy-assisted liposuction devices to remove the excess fat and tighten the tissue. Liposuction has a shorter recovery time than surgical excision and is a popular choice for men who have mild forms of gynecomastia.
If the breast tissue is fatty, non-invasive devices like the Evolve Trim, CoolSculpting and SculpSure may reduce the size of the breast.
Dr. Mulholland or Dr. Bell will perform or supervise all male breast reduction procedures at SpaMedica. For liposuction, the surgeon gently inserts tumescent local anesthesia into the fat. The anesthesia numbs the areas while also distending and expanding the fat cells. Next, the surgeon uses the energy-assisted device to liquefy, coagulate, and tighten the excess breast tissue. Finally, the surgeon uses a microcannula to remove the liquified and coagulated fat.
Patients who undergo a surgical excision procedure receive general anesthesia or IV sedation. Next, Dr. Mulholland or Dr. Bell chooses the incision site based on the needs of the patient. Normally, the incisions are placed within the creases of the chest or around the areola. Then, the surgeon removes the excess fat, trims the skin, and repositions the breast.
Proper preparation is required before gynecomastia surgery. Patients should:
● Avoid taking aspirin for 3 weeks before the procedure.
● Stop smoking.
● Patients must stop consuming food and drink 6 hours prior to surgery.
Patients will notice the results of gynecomastia surgery immediately, although the full results won’t be visible immediately. Depending on the procedure, it can take 3-6 months to see the results.
Patients are sent home with a compression garment to prevent fluid from accumulating and to keep the skin in place. They’ll need to wear this for the first 6 weeks.
Day 1-7: It’s normal to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort for the first several days.
Patients who live alone should have someone stay with them for the first 24 hours, and those who have small children should get help for at least 3 days.
Week 2: Patients can resume light exercises
Week 4: Patients can resume more strenuous activities
Week 4-6: The bruising, swelling, and discomfort should be gone, but men should not expose the surgical site to sunlight for a full 6 months. Sunlight can darken the appearance of the scar, making it more visible.
Some men can get rid of gynecomastia without surgery. Effective treatments include hormone therapy, diet and exercise, and abstaining from steroid use. However, others cannot get rid of gynecomastia, no matter what they do. These men are candidates for gynecomastia surgery.
While some discomfort is expected, most find this procedure tolerable. For surgical excisions, the patient is under sedation and does not feel any pain.
Gynecomastia is a condition that causes an increase in breast gland tissue. This condition can affect males of all ages. Gynecomastia is typically caused by a hormonal imbalance. Symptoms of gynecomastia include swollen breast tissue and tenderness. While the condition normally isn’t serious, it makes men feel self-conscious.
Dr. Mulholland removes fat during gynecomastia surgery. Removed fat does not return, so the results are permanent. However, patients must maintain their weight after surgery so fatty tissue doesn’t build up once again. For permanent results, patients should stay within 5-10 pounds of their weight.
It is advised that young men wait until they are 18 to have gynecomastia surgery because it’s possible for the results to disappear after puberty. Adolescent males with gynecomastia that also have low libido, should consider hormone tests to assess testosterone levels.