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Male Breast Reduction San Antonio TX | Male Breast Reduction

Let's face it guys! Just as there is more pressure on women to maintain their looks, there is also more pressure on men. For good or for bad, this is what Dr. Albright hears from his patients every week. One of the single most effective surgical interventions for men is a well contoured muscular chest.

Men can develop prominent fat deposits on the chest from obesity, or even develop rudimentary breast tissue (glandular tissue) as is the case with "gynecomastia", a medical condition. These conditions can be worsened by certain medications, and activities that can stimulate this glandular tissue development. Very rarely, this could even be a breast cancer!

So whether your purpose is to achieve a more sculpted chest, to remove feminine breast-like tissue, or to rule out breast pathology, Dr. Albright is here to help you achieve the chest you've always wanted.

Male Breast Reduction FAQ’s

What is involved with male breast reduction?

It depends on what the issue is. If there is only a small amount of excess subcutaneous fat, then liposuction alone may be sufficient to sculpt the pectorals. If there is a small "breast bud" or firm button of tissue beneath the nipple, then liposuction and a small incision along the areola (pigmented skin around the nipple) to help remove the glandular tissue may be needed. For more breast tissue, the incision pattern becomes more significant, and can range all the way to an incision placed along the lower fold of the breast mound with an incision all the way around the areola (although this is rarely needed).

Not sure what you may need? No sweat. Dr. Albright will discuss the pros and cons of each option with you.

Will gynecomastia surgery remove all of the breast tissue?

No it will not. The reason this is the case is due to the location of the breast tissue. The breast tissue, just like a female, will be connected all the way out to the nipple and the areola (pigmented skin around the areola). So attempts to remove all of this tissue may damage the nipple, specifically the blood vessels. Without blood flow, the nipple may die and ultimately form an unsightly scar. Another reason to leave some residual breast tissue behind the nipple is to act as a platform for the nipple to rest upon. Without it, the nipple may appear concave and scar directly to the pectoralis muscle creating a "saucer deformity" or even an "animation deformity". Obviously if there is cancer or surgical pathology of this tissue, then the goals of surgery may change and the nipple and areola may need to be removed.

Can my breast tissue come back after it is removed?

Yes. See answer above. By design (unless there is breast cancer present), some breast glandular tissue will be left behind. This tissue is sensitive to many common medications as well as recreational drugs like marijuana and anabolic steroids. If the patient is unable to abstain from these substances after surgery, they should expect that the breast tissue will become stimulated to grow again.

What is the recovery like and when will I see my final result after male breast surgery?

Recovery is very similar to male liposuction, as most male breast surgeries involve liposuction. The surgery itself is an outpatient procedure in most cases. The patient will wear a compression garment continuously (24/7 except for showering) for at least 4 weeks, while they have to abstain from exercise. After these 4 weeks, most men will be able to transition to daytime compression alone (no compression at night), while they slowly advance exercise activities over the next 2 weeks. Most men will be finished with compression and back to full unrestricted exercise activities by 6 weeks after the procedure. However, they are no where near their final results.

After an initial 3-5 day worsening of swelling after surgery, there will be a gradual decrease for several months. This process occurs at different rates for different people, and is further affected by one's postoperative activities. Therefore, this period of swelling is variable, but for most men, the majority of the swelling will be gone by 3-5 months. Typically, patients will resume exercise 1 month after surgery, which will aid in additional volume loss by the 3-5 month period. If there are incisions placed on the chest, these will continue to mature and fade during the first year.

Will insurance cover my breast reduction surgery?

It depends on your insurance carrier and their policy on male breast reduction surgery. Insurers may require an expensive and time consuming work-up to rule out male breast cancer. Others may not cover the procedure unless there is valid concern for breast cancer (which is thankfully extremely rare). Still other insurers may cover the procedure but only if the degree of breast feminization is extreme (also rare). What does this all boil down to? In most cases, few men will actually qualify for insurance coverage of the procedure. More frustrating is that insurance will only pay to have the breast bud removed, and not pay for the liposuction contouring component of the surgery.

Therefore most men will be best served with a cosmetic procedure. Dr. Albright and his staff are sensitive to these issues and offer competitive rates for these procedures.

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