What is Male Reduction Surgery (Gynecomastia Surgery)?

Male breast reduction surgery or gynecomastia surgery in Pittsburgh is a procedure that Dr. Lorelei Grunwaldt has performed hundreds of times on teens and adults. Male breast reduction surgery corrects abnormal enlargement of the glandular tissue that can arise in a young adult male’s chest during pubery but then not go away. Gynecomastia, or abnormal enlargement of the chest in a male, can also result from hormonal imbalances and from certain medications. Also, sometimes young men will gain weight because of lifestyle or medications and that can deposit in the chest. Often gynecomastia surgery can give men the confidence they need to lose weight and get healthier. If after weight loss there is loose skin or the nipples are sagging then gynecomastia surgery can help that as well. The procedure involves removal of skin, glandular breast tissue, and fatty tissue allowing males to achieve the flat and contoured chest that they desire.

Who is a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

Dr. Grunwaldt will ensure that you are a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery during your consultation with her. You must be in good health and have persistent concerns that your chest is too large or does not have the proper contour. Many teens and men with gynecomastia are self conscious about taking their shirt off to swim or to change in the locker room for gym class. Also, many men have poor self-esteem because of not wanting to participate in sports, poor posture, and inability to wear certain clothes.

Recovery from Male Breast Reduction Surgery

After your gynecomastia surgery by Dr. Grunwaldt, the chest will have a special dressing which will cover the incisions and protect the surgical site while things are beginning to heal. You will have drains after your gynecomastia surgery to prevent fluid from accumulating. Dr. Grunwaldt will prescribe pain medicine and will give you antibiotics. After male breast reduction surgery, the chest will be swollen and there may be minimal bruising. The skin may feel sensitive especially near where the drain comes out of the skin. It is normal to be sore and tired for the first few days after the gynecomastia procedure. Dr. Grunwaldt will follow you closely to ensure you are healing well.

It is important to not lift more than 2.5 pounds for six weeks after male breast reduction surgery. Also, patients will be asked to avoid contact sports for six weeks after breast reduction surgery.

Male breast reduction surgery by Dr. Grunwaldt will give you the confidence to wear the clothes you want to wear, to swim without a shirt on, and to participate in the activities you want to do. Dr. Grunwaldt has found that that male breast reduction surgery in teens can be lifechanging and can give them the confidence to be the best that they can be.

Risks of Male Breast Reduction Surgery.

As a surgery that Dr. Grunwaldt has performed hundreds of times, male breast reduction surgery patients can rest assured that Dr. Grunwaldt takes certain precautions and safety measures before completing your surgery. Although Dr. Grunwaldt does everything to prevent against complications, patients must understand that there are certain risks and complications inherent in this surgery.

One risk of male breast reduction surgery is scarring. Although many patients will have scars that are difficult to see, some patients may have more noticeable scars.

Bleeding is uncommon but can occur after breast reduction surgery. Dr. Grunwaldt will take special steps to ensure the lowest possible risk of bleeding. Patients who are taking blood thinning medications need to let Dr. Grunwaldt know prior to surgery.

Another risk of male breast reduction surgery is infection. Dr. Grunwaldt has a less than 1% infection risk. All breast reduction surgery patients will be on a short course of antibiotics after surgery to minimize this risk even more.
Although there are risks with male breast reduction surgery, Dr. Grunwaldt will ensure they are as low as they can possibly be. Male breast reduction surgery can have many benefits, and the minimal risk involved is often worth it once patients see the final result from surgery.