Gynecomastia is a condition that causes enlarged breast size in men. True gynecomastia exists when there is an excess of glandular breast tissue behind the nipple-areola-complex (NAC) that causes the breasts to protrude. Excess fatty tissue in overweight individuals can also create the appearance of larger-than-normal breasts in men. The condition can be present in either one or both breasts and affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men between the ages of 20 and 50.
The goal of gynecomastia surgery is to reduce extraneous excess breast tissue and/or puffy nipples. Dr. DeLuca and Dr. Tauber accomplish this by reducing over 90% of the mammary gland, leaving just enough glandular tissue to support the nipple-areola-complex and prevent concavity of the areola. Depending on the severity of excess tissue, modified breast reduction and liposuction techniques are used.
As with most cosmetic procedures, the experience and technical ability of the surgeon matter most. The reason for this is that surgeons who posses a high degree of both experience and ability are far less likely to give their patients a sub-par result that leads to complications or requires re-operation. Experience is determined by the number of breast surgeries a surgeon has performed whereas ability is best measured by the consistency and quality of their results (which are best judged by looking through a surgeon’s portfolio of before & after photos).
The cost of this procedure is determined by the extent of the work that you have done. You can discuss your options one-on-one with Dr. DeLuca or Dr. Tauber in order to determine the most effective surgical plan. Post-op, your incisions will be dressed and supportive bandages or garments can help minimize swelling and help your chest heal properly. You may also be given topical or oral medications to encourage the healing process. You can typically resume normal activity after a week and complete recovery should take roughly five to six weeks.
The methods Dr. DeLuca or Dr. Tauber uses to treat your gynecomastia will depend on whether or not excessive glandular breast tissue is present behind the nipple-areola-complex.
In order to achieve the best possible results from your procedure to correct gynecomastia, supportive post-operative care is a must. Patients are placed into a surgical compression vest after surgery. This is maintained for about 2 weeks as the initial healing occurs. If recovery goes smoothly, patients are transitioned to Spanx Zoned Performance Compression Shirts (available on Amazon) for the remainder of the healing period of 4 to 6 weeks.
Dr. DeLuca and Dr. Tauber offer all cosmetic patients their direct phone number and are available 24/7 (either by phone or email). Patients come in for a series of check-ups one week, one month, and two months following surgery. If, at any time, you wish to meet with Dr. DeLuca or Dr. Tauber, they will open up their schedule to see you. Post-operative appointments at DeLuca Plastic Surgery are at no cost to you.