Male Breast Reduction Q & A's
Common Gynecomastia Surgery Questions
Dr. Michael Devlin performs gynecomastia surgery or male breast reduction on an out-patient basis under general anesthesia. Depending upon the extent of correction, the procedure usually takes between 1-3 hours and you will go home the same day.
Gynecomastia Surgery Cost in Little Rock,AR
Average Cost: $5,000 - $7,500
Recovery Time: 3-5 Days
Hospital: Outpatient Procedure
Drains: 3-4 days
What causes abnormal male breast development or Gynecomastia ?
Gynecomastia can be the result of weight gain, hormonal changes, heredity conditions, disease, or the use of certain drugs.
What are the risks and complications of Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
As with any surgery, there are risks and complications associated with male breast reduction surgery some of the most common are: Asymmetry or unevenness on each side or between sides, infection, bleeding or thick scar formation.Dr. Michael Devlin will educate you and discuss possible risks and complication with you.
Will insurance pay for Gynecomastia Surgery?
It is unlikely. Male breasts, although can be an emotionally distressing condition, there is rarely a medical necessity for the procedure. Dr. Michael Devlin will perform a history and physical to help determine this.
Who is a good candidate for Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
The best candidates for male breast reduction have excess fatty tissue in their breasts that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. Men should be in good overall physical and mental health and have realistic expectations for the results of surgery. Men with firm skin with good elasticity enjoy the best outcome because their skin conforms well to the chest muscles after reduction. I do ask that you stop smoking, as this can interfere with the healing and results and I will nicotine test you before and after your surgery.
When can I resume exercise after Gynecomastia Surgery?
After Gynecomastia surgery you will not be able to perform vigorous exercise for a minimum 2 weeks. Dr. Devlin will inform you when it is safe to resume normal activity. After a full recovery your body will be ready to resume your previous level of fitness activity.
How long do I wear the compression garment?
You will be placed in a compression garment immediately after surgery. This garment will be worn for approximately two weeks after Gynecomastia surgery to help decrease swelling and aid in contouring the chest. Dr. Devlin will let you know when you can stop wearing it.
Is there scarring?
In most cases, gynecomastia surgery can be performed utilizing a small incision around the areola, approximately one inch in length. If liposuction incision is performed at the same time, it is very small and is placed in the underarm or the chest. The incisions will diminish over time and will fade so that it almost undetectable.Dr. Michael Devlin will determine which approach is best suited for you.
Is Male Breast Reduction Surgery painful?
Most men state that they find male breast reduction surgery is not very painful and is well controlled with the pain medicine that I prescribe for the first two or three days.
How long does it take to recover?
In most cases, the recovery will range between 3 and 10 days. Most patients return to work within 3-4 days. However, factors such as nature of work, natural healing ability, extent of surgery, and pain tolerance will influence the precise downtime.
What are surgical drains and will I have them?
If breast tissue has been removed, a drain may be placed on each side of the chest at the time of gynecomastia surgery. Drains remove the fluid that accumulates after surgery and promotes healing. The drains will typically stay in three to four days after surgery. Most Gynecomastia surgeries that I perform will include drains during the immediate post-operative period. You will be instructed on drain care at your pre-operative appointment as well as the day of your surgery.
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