Male Breast Reduction Surgery in Milwaukee, WI
Feeling out of place, like your physical appearance doesn’t match that of others, can make you feel significantly self-conscious. Men with excess breast tissue and enlarged or puffy nipples can feel less masculine, and these issues can keep them from confidently going shirtless. This condition, called gynecomastia, is easily treatable with cosmetic surgery. Dr. Maida Parkins is understanding and gentle with all patients and understands how difficult it can be for male patients to have feminine chest contours.
Explore your options for male breast reduction in Milwaukee or Madison by scheduling a consultation with Parkins Plastic Surgery today.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
The development of male breasts can occur for many reasons, such as weight gain and hormonal imbalance. Some notice the appearance of breasts during puberty, and while this issue often dissipates through the course of puberty, other individuals notice the effect lingers and persists into young adulthood. Gynecomastia may also be present in patients who take certain medications and those who use steroids.
Breasts can be the result of excess fatty deposits in the area or a surplus of glandular tissue. Both will create localized tissue enlargement, creating the appearance of breasts. In many cases, excess fat is caused by weight fluctuations and glandular tissue is created by certain drugs and hormone fluctuations.
How is Excess Male Breast Tissue Treated?
Dr. Parkins can create smooth and masculine chest contours in one of two primary ways, depending on the extent of the excess tissue and the root cause of the issue.
When breasts are caused by stubborn fat deposits, Dr. Parkins can use liposuction to flatten the chest. After making a small incision, Dr. Parkins places a cannula (thin tube) through which the excess fat cells are suctioned away. Minor or moderate fat deposits in the area can be corrected with liposuction only. If excess skin has developed as the result of significant weight loss or prolonged excess tissue development, Dr. Parkins may need to remove loose skin and reposition the nipple for a natural finished result.
The presence of excess glandular tissue requires re-shaping through surgical removal. Dr. Parkins makes small incisions at the treatment site to carefully create masculine chest contours. This may also include the repositioning or resizing the nipple as well.
Your treatment plan is customized through an in-depth consultation with Dr. Parkins. At this appointment, she can evaluate your condition and gain a better understanding of your goals.
Gynecomastia Surgery in Milwaukee and Madison with Dr. Parkins
Dr. Parkins is well known among her patients for her caring bedside manner. Patients who visit our office feel confident knowing that Dr. Parkins’ goal is to help them look and feel their best, so they don’t have to spend another day second-guessing their appearance. During your initial visit, Dr. Parkins’ entire team treats you like a valued friend. You can expect the same level of service throughout the whole of your treatment plan as well.
Male breast reduction is an outpatient procedure. Depending on the extent of the surgical methods required to achieve your desired appearance, you may be scheduled for local or general anesthesia. After recuperating from anesthesia in our office, patients can return home to rest.
Dr. Maida Parkins
Dr. Maida Parkins
Dr. Maida Parkins
What is Recovery Like?
As you rest at home, you will wear a compression garment, which helps with swelling, inflammation and allows the soft tissue to contract to create flat, firm, and masculine contours. Soreness, tenderness, and bruising are all common in the weeks following treatment. The first few days patients require the most amount of rest and may be using medication on a specific schedule set by Dr. Parkins. After the first week of recovery, many patients feel more like themselves and have increased energy. You will be advised to avoid physically straining while your body heals from the procedure. Most patients only take a few days away from work to recuperate.
Follow-up visits with Dr. Parkins allow her to determine the rate of healing and provide recommendations, if any, to help care for the area. If your treatment included liposuction only, you may notice swelling for several weeks after the procedure. However, this will recede with time and use of the compression garment will help.
Get started today. Call Parkins Plastic Surgery for a consultation to determine the severity of your gynecomastia and the best ways to alleviate it.
Frequently Asked Questions about Gynecomastia
Will Treatment Correct Puffy Nipples?
In short, yes. Treatment will likely involve surgical excision of the glandular tissue directly behind the nipple, which creates the bothersome increased projection that makes patients feel self-conscious. If the size of the areola itself is bothersome, Dr. Parkins can decrease its size through a well-hidden incision that goes around the circumference of the nipple.
How Do I Know if I Need Liposuction or Tissue Removal?
A consultation with Dr. Parkins is the best way to determine what your treatment plan will look like and what you can expect. In general, liposuction is used to correct excess fat, which is obvious by feel; the chest will feel soft to the touch. If you feel firmness underneath the area, this is likely glandular tissue that needs to be surgically excised. These two issues are not mutually exclusive, however. Many patients have a combination of both glandular tissue and fat. During your examination, Dr. Parkins can provide information on what is causing the presentation of female breasts.
Are Results Permanent?
Yes! After gynecomastia surgery, you can expect your results to be permanent. Patients are advised to maintain a healthy weight, as significant weight gain can cause a recurrence of stubborn fat that makes the chest look feminine. If certain medications or steroid use contributed to the issue in the first place, patients should be aware that continued intake may cause recurrence of breasts. Talk to your primary care physician and Dr. Parkins for more information on how you can prevent breast development with a change of medication.
How Long Before I Can go Back to the Gym?
Patients are advised to wait at least two weeks before resuming their workout routine. You will need to start slowly and not rush into extensive physical activity too quickly. Avoid upper body workouts until you are cleared by Dr. Parkins to resume exercises to tone the chest.