Male Breast Reduction
“Men are becoming an increasingly larger demographic of patients undergoing plastic surgery today. Many work hard with diet and exercise to achieve a chiseled physique, but certain limitations prevent them from achieving their desired result. There are many options I can offer to decrease unwanted breast fat in men in order to achieve better definition in their chest and torso.” – Dr. Ravi Somayazula
Men can feel self-conscious about their bodies for many reasons, including excess fat accumulation at their chest. Men are able to achieve a more athletic and firm appearance with Male Breast Reduction (gynecomastia) surgery. Houston board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ravi Somayazula helps men regain their confidence and a masculine, well-built chest with male breast reduction surgery.Gynecomastia Surgery Can Correct:
- Excess chest fat accumulation in men
- Enlarged breast tissue in men (gynecomastia)
These before & after photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.
At the Consultation
Dr. Ravi Somayazula and your patient care coordinator will spend ample time during the initial consultation discussing the various options and techniques tailored specifically to you. While keeping your expectations in mind, goal chest size and shape will be discussed. A thorough examination of the chest will be performed to evaluate the current size, shape, skin elasticity, and location of the nipples. Dr. Ravi Somayazula will determine what he believes to be the optimal type of male breast reduction (gynecomastia) surgery to help you get to your goal. At Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics in Houston, our board certified plastic surgeon performs male breast reduction through: liposuction alone, liposuction and skin excision, as well as liposuction with the removal of fatty tissue behind the nipple. The right option for you will depend on your existing condition and goal outcome.
Dr. Ravi Somayazula has a great bedside manner, and his male patients have all commented that they chose him based on how comfortable they felt with him. Being an athlete his entire life allows him to share similar interests and goals with his male patients. Although plastic surgery has commonly been thought to be female driven, he feels that many men could truly benefit and be happy with certain procedures. Please be sure to set aside an hour to an hour and a half for your appointment.
Am I a Good Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?
Physically healthy, non-smoking men who are at a healthy weight and whose breast development has stopped are ideal candidates for a male breast reduction. Gynecomastia is a common condition among men, causing the chest to appear overly developed or feminine. This can be genetic or related to certain hormone supplements and anabolic steroid use. In certain instances, stopping such hormone supplements can improve the gynecomastia; however, in many cases, surgery is indicated. This is often a problem that cannot be corrected with just diet and exercise alone. A personalized male breast reduction surgery with Dr. Ravi Somayazula can help to turn a soft, enlarged appearance of the chest into a taut, strong, and masculine form.
All patients are seen approximately two weeks prior to surgery for their pre-operative appointment. During that visit, all surgical consents are signed, photos are taken, and a detailed informational packet is provided with specific instructions for before and after surgery. A complete list of “dos and don’ts” is also reviewed. Patients receive prescriptions for an antibiotic, as well as pain and anti-nausea medications. Be prepared to follow all recommended pre-surgery and post-surgery instructions closely to ensure your best possible results.
Dr. Ravi recommends stopping use of aspirin and all other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Ibuprofen) for at least one week before and after surgery to prevent excessive bruising. Herbs and supplements should also be stopped for at least one week prior to surgery as this can interrupt healing. It is recommened that all patients stop smoking for at least four weeks before surgery and four weeks after surgery to minimize healing complications.
The Gynecomastia Surgery
Male breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia at a credentialed hospital with a board certified anesthesiologist. This is an outpatient cosmetic procedure, and you will be able to return home the same day. You may have liposuction or excision or a combination of the two to reduce the size of your breasts, so surgery time will vary based on the procedure. Dr. Ravi Somayazula will speak with you to determine the best option during your consultation.
If your breasts are enlarged due to fatty tissue, liposuction might be a very effective method. In this case, a tiny tube called a cannula will be inserted through a few small incisions around the breast. The cannula is used to suction the fatty tissue out from the body, helping to achieve a slimmer, flatter profile of the chest.
Excision may be used if excess tissue or skin needs to be removed. The nipple may also need repositioning, or the areola may need to be reduced. With an excision procedure, Dr. Ravi Somayazula will make an incision around the breast to remove excess skin or underlying tissue. The skin is then pulled taut and incisions are closed to achieve a well-contoured and natural appearance of the chest.
“Dr. Ravi is a very personable surgeon he will ease your mind of any doubts or questions you may have about surgery. The results I’m having are fantastic, exactly what was perceived. The whole team is very professional and always ready to comply with your needs as a patient.”
– Paul M. Houston TX
Recovering from Male Breast Reduction Surgery
A responsible adult should stay with you for 24 hours immediately following surgery. Most patients do feel discomfort at their chest which can last several days after surgery. Patients are encouraged to get up and walk the same day of surgery. You can expect to perform everyday basic activities, including showering, two days after surgery. The recovery period is approximately one week, but every patient recovers differently. Do not engage in strenuous activity for two to three weeks. Dr. Ravi Somayazula will closely monitor your recovery in the office following surgery. The follow-up appointments are at periodic intervals throughout the first year. During your early follow-up appointments, he may recommend certain restrictions and also indicate when you should return to normal activities. Dr. Ravi Somayazula and his staff are always available to assist you with any questions and recovery-related issues.
Once fully healed, Dr. Ravi Somayazula’s patients often feel more comfortable when going shirtless at the beach or pool. Many also experience a life-changing boost in self-confidence and no longer feel the need to hide their bodies under loose-fitting shirts or sweaters.
Basic information on the Internet is no substitute for a personal consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ravi Somayazula, who can answer all of your questions about male breast reduction in depth. Dr. Ravi Somayazula is here to guide you through all steps of an informed decision-making process and will map out a treatment plan that fits your needs.
We invite you to call us today at 281.242.1061 to schedule a consultation.
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