Male Breast Reduction in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Male breast enlargement (gynecomastia) is fairly common. Breasts may develop around the time of puberty and tend to diminish over time. If breast enlargement in a male persists for more than a few years, the cause needs to be determined. Endocrine (hormone) abnormalities and steroid or marijuana use may be the cause. Often times, no abnormality is found. Male breast reduction in Minneapolis-St. Paul can be carried out using direct excision, liposuction, or a combination of both. Recurrence following reduction is rare.

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Cost of Male Breast Reduction

Male Breast Reduction: $5,200

This includes your surgical fee and all follow-up visits with Dr. Rocheford. This estimate also includes the facility fee and anesthesia costs. This is an estimate and may be different depending on your specific situation. It does not include the cost of your pre-operative physical, lab tests, or medications. Dr. Rocheford does charge $100 for consultations, and that fee is deducted from the price of your surgery or in-office procedure.

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Details Of Male Breast Reduction Surgery

  • Surgery: Surgery is done under general anesthetic at an outpatient facility or hospital. The surgery takes 2 hours and is an outpatient surgery.
  • Discomfort: Mild to Moderate. Anticipate 2 – 7 days of pain medication.
  • Bruising and Swelling: Improves in 7 – 10 days.
  • Bandages: Removed the day after surgery.
  • Stitches: Internal stitches dissolve.
  • Work: You may return to work in 3 – 7 days.
  • Exercise: May be resumed in 2 weeks.
  • Final Result: Following scar maturation, about 2 – 4 months. Results last 7 – 10 years.

Male breast reduction can be performed using liposuction alone if the amount of excess tissue is mild. If there is a more significant amount of skin or dense breast tissue, then skin and tissue will need to be removed. This is accomplished through an incision in the crease under the breast and around the areola. Following surgery, a compression vest will be worn to control the swelling.

Let Dr. Rocheford Help You

Do you have questions about your procedure? Dr. Rocheford has compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you. Some patients decide to combine their procedure with complementary treatments to enhance their results. Liposuction is a popular choice among male breast reduction patients in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Dr. Rocheford will develop a treatment plan customized to your needs. If you’re ready to discuss your male breast reduction options, now is a great time to schedule your consultation with Dr. Heather Rocheford at our plastic surgery offices, serving the Twin Cities Metro area including St. Paul, Minneapolis, Woodbury, and beyond. Simply request a consultation online or call Rocheford Plastic Surgery at 651-739-1100 today to schedule your appointment.

Male Breast Reduction FAQ’s

Is it right for me?

Gynecomastia surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. This procedure is a good option for you if:nYou are physically healthy and of relatively normal weightnYou have realistic expectationsnYour breast development has stabilizednYou are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too largenAdolescents may benefit from surgery, although secondary procedures may be needed in the future should breast development continue. Surgical correction of gynecomastia is best performed on:nnMen whose condition cannot be corrected through alternative medical treatmentsnHealthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healingnNon-smokers and non-drug usersnMen with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for improving the physical symptoms of gynecomastia

What to expect during your consultation?

The success and safety of your gynecomastia procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle. Be prepared to discuss:nWhy you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcomenMedical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatmentsnUse of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs including steroidsnPrevious surgeriesnDr. Rocheford may also:nnEvaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factorsnPerform diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause of gynecomastia; this may include testing of your endocrine functionnExamine your breasts and may take detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, placement of your nipples and areolasnTake photographs for your medical recordnDiscuss your options and recommend a course of treatmentnDiscuss the likely outcomes of gynecomastia correction and any risks or potential complicationsnDiscuss the use of anesthesia during your breast reduction

Preparing for surgery?

Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:nGet lab testing or a medical evaluationnTake certain medications or adjust your current medicationsnStop smoking well in advance of surgerynAvoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleedingnSpecial instructions you receive will cover:nnWhat to do on the day of surgerynPost-operative care and follow-upnYou’ll need help If your gynecomastia surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

Procedural Steps?

What happens during gynecomastia correction surgery? Plastic surgery to correct gynecomastia is technically called reduction mammaplasty, and reduces breast size, flattening and enhancing the chest contours. In severe cases of gynecomastia, the weight of excess breast tissue may cause the breasts to sag and stretch the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). In these cases, the position and size of the areola can be surgically improved and excess skin may be reduced. Anesthesia Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Dr. Rocheford will recommend the best choice for you. Liposuction In cases where gynecomastia is primarily the result of excess fatty tissue, liposuction techniques alone may be used. This requires insertion of a cannula, a thin hollow tube, through several small incisions. The cannula is moved back and forth in a controlled motion to loosen the excess fat, which is then removed from the body by vacuum suction. There are various liposuction techniques that may be used; the technique most appropriate in your case will be defined prior to your procedure. Excision techniques are recommended where glandular breast tissue or excess skin must be removed to correct gynecomastia. Excision also is necessary if the areola will be reduced, or the nipple repositioned to a more natural male contour. Incision patterns vary depending on the specific conditions and surgical preference. Sometimes gynecomastia is treated with both liposuction and excision. Will there be scars? Any surgical treatment to correct gynecomastia will require incisions. While most incision lines are concealed within natural contours, some may be visible and are a necessary result of breast reduction surgery.

Important facts about the safety and risks of gynecomastia surgery?

The decision to have a male breast reduction in Minneapolis-St. Paul is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. Dr. Rocheford and her staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications. The risks include:nUnfavorable scarringnBleeding (hematoma)nBlood clotsnInfectionnPoor wound healingnChanges in nipple or breast sensation may be temporary or permanentnIf liposuction is used, additional risks include uneven contours, rippling or loose skin, irregular pigmentation, excessive fluid loss or fluid accumulationnAnesthesia risksnBreast contour and shape irregularitiesnSkin discoloration, permanent pigmentation changes, swelling and bruisingnDamage to deeper structures – such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs – can occur and may be temporary or permanentnAllergies to tape, suture materials, glues, blood products, topical preparations or injected agentsnBreast asymmetrynFatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)nFluid accumulationnDeep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complicationsnPain, which may persistnPossibility of revisional surgery

When you go home?

If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heart beats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment. The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure. Another surgery may be necessary:nTo perform additional tightening or repositioning of the breastsnTo treat any complications that may occurnBe careful Following Dr. Rocheford’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself. Be sure to ask questions: It’s important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether excitement for the anticipated outcomes or preoperative stress. Discuss these feelings with Dr. Rocheford.

My Recovery?

After your Minneapolis-St. Paul male breast reduction, dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions and an elastic bandage or support garment may be used to minimize swelling and support your new chest contour as it heals. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for your surgical site(s) following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with Dr. Rocheford. Be sure to ask Dr. Rocheford specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.nWhere will I be taken after my surgery is complete?nWhat medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?nWill I have dressings/bandages after surgery? When will they be removed?nAre stitches removed? When?nWhen can I resume normal activity and exercise?nWhen do I return for follow-up care?nIt’s very important to follow Dr. Rocheford’s instructions and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.

The results will be long-lasting?

The final results of breast reduction in men are permanent in many cases. However, if gynecomastia resulted from the use of certain prescription medications, drugs including steroids or weight gain you must be fully free from these substances and remain at a stable weight in order to maintain your results. Please discuss this with your physician before making changes to your prescription medications. All scars are permanent, even though some scars may be concealed in the natural contours of the breast. Your improved upper body will likely enhance your self-image and confidence, whether in a shirt and tie, a t-shirt, or baring your chest at the beach.

Questions to ask Dr. Rocheford?

Use this checklist as a guide during your consultation:nAre you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?nWere you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?nHow many years of plastic surgery training have you had?nDo you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?nIs the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?nAm I a good candidate for this procedure?nWhat will be expected of me to get the best results?nWhere and how will you perform my procedure?nWhat surgical technique is recommended for me?nHow long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?nWhat are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?nHow are complications handled?nWhat are my options if I am dissatisfied with the outcome of my surgery?nDo you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?

Can guys develop breasts?

Yes, a number of factors, including weight gain, changes in hormone levels, and even certain medications can cause men to develop fatty or glandular tissue on their chest.

Can gynecomastia be cured without surgery?

Sometimes, especially in the case of young men going through puberty, gynecomastia will go away once the bodys hormone levels are back to normal. In other circumstances, the tissue can only be removed with surgery.

Do you lose weight after breast reduction?

Male breast reduction surgery is not a weight-loss procedure, although it can help some men resume a normal exercise routine if they stopped due to the development of breast tissue.

Does gynecomastia go away with weight loss?

Male breast reduction can sometimes be achieved with weight loss, although if you are already at a healthy, stable weight, this may not be the case.

Does gynecomastia surgery leave scars?

Any invasive procedure, including gynecomastia surgery, will leave some scars. However, with Dr. Rochefords skilled technique and proper care, scars can be made as unnoticeable as possible.

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