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Gynecomastia Surgery (Male Breast Reduction)

Many men and even adolescent boys dealing with overly large breasts, or gynecomastia, seek surgery in Chicago from Dr. Thomas A. Mustoe. Male breast reduction surgery removes overdeveloped tissue and excess fat deposits that result in enlarged breasts and undermine patients' confidence in their bodies.

Dr. Mustoe is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic breast surgery. If you are looking in Chicago for a gynecomastia surgery specialist, request a consultation online to meet with Dr. Mustoe. Or you can call us at (312) 788-2560 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

Why Choose Dr. Mustoe

Dr. Mustoe is respected by his peers for his expertise in procedures for the breast and body, such as male breast reduction surgery. The characteristics that set him apart include:

  • Experience in thousands of breast and body surgeries
  • Knowledge of a variety of techniques, including liposuction and direct excision
  • Use of improved and advanced wound healing methods for minimal scarring
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Why Men Choose Breast Reduction Surgery

Gynecomastia affects men of all ages and can be especially troubling for adolescents. Although it's not considered a serious medical condition, gynecomastia can cause significant embarrassment and awkwardness in social settings such as the beach or pool. Men may avoid situations in which their friends will be shirtless because they have been a target of teasing in the past.

Gynecomastia surgery is a relatively simple procedure that can alleviate these concerns. It results in a more contoured torso for men who have unsuccessfully tried to tone their chests through exercise and diet.

Good candidates for gynecomastia surgery include:

  • Men whose condition can't be corrected with alternative medical treatments
  • Healthy men who are at or near a stable weight
  • Men who are old enough that their post-puberty changes have stabilized
  • Non-smokers who are in good general health

What Causes Gynecomastia?

Many people believe that an overabundance of breast tissue is related to weight. Although obesity is sometimes linked to gynecomastia, many patients with enlarged breast tissue are at, or near, a healthy weight. Gynecomastia can be the result of a hormonal imbalance in which testosterone levels decrease. This may be because of natural hormone changes that occur during puberty, certain health conditions, the presence of anabolic steroids, or the side effects of some medications.

Dr. Mustoe will ask you questions during a consultation to determine whether one of these causes may be to blame for your gynecomastia, and he may discuss other medical treatments for hormone imbalances and so on. He also recommends that adolescent boys who are concerned about the appearance of their chests delay treatment until puberty is complete because the condition often resolves itself as teens get older.

Innovative Male Breast Reduction Techniques

If Dr. Mustoe recommends gynecomastia surgery, the method of removing glandular tissue and/or fat will vary depending on the severity of your condition and the skin's elasticity. In exceptional situations, such as extreme weight loss, excess skin may be removed. Dr. Mustoe can perform the procedure using local anesthetic with sedation, or general anesthesia.

Dr. Mustoe removes tissue through a small incision along the lower edge of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. Where the primary cause of gynecomastia is excess fatty tissue, liposuction alone may be recommended. In most cases, Dr. Mustoe combines both liposuction and surgical excision of tissue. If there is a large skin excess, there are several approaches to excise the skin. If necessary, Dr. Mustoe uses careful skin closure techniques which he has mastered after many years of research into scar prevention and wound healing.

Improved Recovery and Results

By using improved surgical techniques that minimize trauma to the surrounding tissues during surgery, including liposuction, Dr. Mustoe provides patients a significantly more comfortable and shorter recovery. Depending on the extent of the surgery, patients may return to light activities within just 48 hours after their procedure. Patients should avoid upper body exercises initially, and then gradually incorporate the chest and upper arms back into their workouts over the course of 1-2 weeks.

The results are permanent for patients who maintain a healthy lifestyle and a stable weight. Many patients say they feel an enhanced sense of masculinity and confidence and that they wish they had gotten this simple procedure sooner.

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