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Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction) in Bucks County, PA & Hunterdon County, NJ

Is Male Breast Reduction Surgery Right for Me?

Breasts are a body part that most people equate with femininity. When a man has enlarged breasts, it can play a major role in making him feel insecure about his masculinity. They may make him feel self-conscious, especially when he has to take his shirt off in front of people. Though this condition can be a side effect of weight gain, a man with a healthy body weight can also suffer from enlarged breasts that they struggle to reduce through diet and exercise. Gynecomastia treatment, more commonly known as male breast reduction, is a surgical procedure that reduces the amount of fatty or glandular tissue in your chest in order to reshape its contours. With offices in Doylestown, PA, and Flemington, NJ, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian R. Buinewicz and his expert team at Buinewicz Plastic Surgery perform top-notch male breast reductions for men dealing with gynecomastia in Bucks County, PA and Hunterdon County, NJ.

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the overdevelopment of the breasts, generally due to genetics or a hormonal imbalance. Millions of males suffer from this condition, and it can lead to feelings of embarrassment and self-consciousness. If hormonal treatments fail to reduce a man’s breast size, then the next options include liposuction or a surgical procedure to eliminate the unwanted breast and fatty tissues. These procedures are known as gynecomastia surgery or male breast reduction.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia affects males of all ages. No one knows exactly what causes it, but links have been found to factors such as hormonal problems, genetics, and the side effects of certain medications. While there are no known medical problems caused by gynecomastia, it may have psychological repercussions. Generally, your doctor will first try to treat gynecomastia with medication, but if that is unsuccessful, then the next best option is male breast reduction surgery.

What Can Gynecomastia Surgery Accomplish?

  • Relief from relentless chest, shoulder, and back discomfort
  • A firmer, more masculine body
  • Being able to wear more flattering and properly fitted clothing
  • Higher self-esteem

Are You A Candidate For Male Breast Reduction?

You might be a candidate for male breast reduction surgery if you are struggling with excess fatty tissue in the chest.  If you think you might be a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery, the next step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian R. Buinewicz. During your consultation, Dr. Buinewicz can evaluate your cosmetic goals and help you determine the best path forward. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have about the male breast reduction process. Dr. Buinewicz will be able to explain exactly what you can expect leading up to, during and after your surgery.

Why Choose Dr. Buinewicz?

Surgeon experience is one of the utmost qualities to consider when seeking a gynecomastia surgeon. Dr. Buinewicz is a triple board certified plastic surgeon, demonstrating expertise in all qualities of cosmetic surgery. With over 25 years of plastic surgery experience, he has performed hundreds of gynecomastia procedures and is passionate about furthering education in the cosmetic surgery community. Read more about Dr. Buinewicz’s experience or explore patient reviews.

If you think you might be a good candidate for gynecomastia, the next step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian R. Buinewicz. During your consultation, Dr. Buinewicz can evaluate your cosmetic goals and help you determine the best path forward. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have about the gynecomastia process. Dr. Buinewicz will be able to explain exactly what you can expect leading up to, during and after your surgery.

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Questions For Your Consult

Can Gynecomastia Be Treated Without Surgery?

In some cases, gynecomastia may resolve on its own without the need for specific treatment. For example, if the condition is due to temporary hormonal imbalances during puberty, it often disappears within a couple of years as hormone levels stabilize. Additionally, if gynecomastia is caused by medications, stopping or changing the medication might lead to regression of the breast tissue. However, for patients with persistent gynecomastia, surgery is often recommended. This is because gynecomastia is caused by enlarged breast tissue, not fat. Fat responds to diet and exercise, while the breast tissue growth caused by gynecomastia will typically not be affected by non-surgical methods and treatments.

How Long After a Gynecomastia Consultation Is the Surgery?

Generally, the time between your consultation and your male breast reduction surgery will be somewhere between 1 and 6 weeks. The exact time between the two will depend on a few factors. One major factor is our practice availability, as Dr. Buinewicz performs your entire procedure. Additionally, some patients may need a few weeks to fully prepare for surgery, which may include discontinuing the use of certain vitamins, drugs and medications that can negatively interfere with treatment.

Is Gynecomastia Surgery Covered by Insurance?

Gynecomastia surgery is rarely covered by insurance because it is widely considered an elective cosmetic procedure. However, some insurance plans may provide coverage for gynecomastia surgery when it is considered medically necessary. Therefore, it is best to check with your insurance provider to confirm your coverage for gynecomastia surgery and the requirements that come with it. 

How Much Does Gynecomastia Surgery Cost?

The average cost of gynecomastia surgery varies from one community to the other with some small variations. Factors, such as the facility where the surgery will be performed, type of anesthesia and other issues, come to bear on the final cost of the surgery. Hunterdon County and Bucks County gynecomastia surgery varies in price range according to these factors. Buinewicz Cosmetic Surgery & MedSpa makes male breast reduction procedures available and affordable for everyone. Our office provides a wide array of payment options, including easy financing. We also accept cash, major credit cards and personal checks for this and other procedures.

What is Gynecomastia Surgery Like?

What Happens During Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

At Buinewicz Plastic Surgery, we place the patient under general or local anesthesia during the gynecomastia procedure. For most male breast reduction surgeries, Dr. Buinwicz will make incisions around the areolas, where any scarring will blend in naturally. Through these incisions, for minor cases of gynecomastia, liposuction techniques may be sufficient in removing the fatty tissue from the chest. This involves the use of a thin tube, called a cannula, to suction out fat. In most cases, there will also be some tissue removal. This involves the excision of fatty tissue to eliminate anything that cannot be removed with liposuction.

Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction) in Bucks County, PA & Hunterdon County, NJ

What are the risks of gynecomastia surgery?

The most common risks associated with male breast reduction surgery include changes in sensation, asymmetry and wound healing issues. Together, however, these complications occur in less than 1% of gynecomastia procedures. Furthermore, Dr. Buinewicz’s focus and expertise on cosmetic surgery techniques help to minimize the risks associated with male breast reduction surgery. As with any major surgery, there will always be risks involved - but under the care of a qualified and experienced surgeon, any significant complications become extremely unlikely.

What is Male Breast Reduction Recovery Like?

How Long is Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery?

Male breast reduction surgery has a quicker recovery time than many other plastic surgery procedures. Patients can expect a full recovery within about 3 months of their surgery. For most patients, the gynecomastia recovery timeline looks like this:

Week 1

In the first few days of recovery, patients will need to rest as much as possible with very limited activity. Patients can expect bruising, swelling and discomfort during this time that can be managed with medications and other recovery techniques. You’ll be able to get up and walk around within a few days, but you should avoid any physical activities except for light walking.

Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction) in Bucks County, PA & Hunterdon County, NJ

Week 2

During the second week of recovery, many patients feel well enough to return to light activities and even work, depending on the profession. You may still experience some swelling, bruising, and mild to moderate pain. You should continue to avoid any heavy lifting or activities that strain the chest.

Weeks 3-6

Swelling, bruising, and discomfort should noticeably diminish during this time. This is a sign that the recovery process is almost complete. During this stage, patients begin returning to most, if not all, of their usual activities, with the exception of strenuous activities like exercise and heavy lifting.

Months 3 and Beyond

At this point, the results of surgery should be fully visible and patients should be back to all normal activities, including exercise. Thanks to male breast reduction surgery, men are able to gain their confidence back. They feel more masculine and are pleased with the results of their surgery, which has allowed them to be comfortable when wearing fitted shirts or proudly stand up straight.

Post Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

Is Gynecomastia Surgery Permanent?

Gynecomastia surgery can provide long-lasting results, and for many individuals, the reduction in breast size achieved through surgery is permanent. This is because the male breast reduction surgery permanently removes the fatty tissue in the chest that is responsible for creating the symptoms of gynecomastia. However, patients can still experience changes in the shape of the body due to fluctuations in weight. It is possible for fat to accumulate in the chest with significant weight gain, which can interfere with the results of gynecomastia surgery. Fortunately, this can be avoided with healthy lifestyle habits such as practicing good nutrition and getting regular exercise.

How to Shape the Chest After Gynecomastia Surgery

After undergoing gynecomastia surgery, you may want to take certain steps to further improve and sculpt the contours of the chest. For starters, you’ll want to follow all of the post-operative instructions provided by Dr. Buinewicz. After recovery, you may want to consider implementing an exercise routine to build the chest muscles. Exercises such as push-ups and the bench press are ideal for targeting the chest. Finally, keeping a lean physique through a combination of a nutritious diet and regular exercise can reduce fat on the body to accentuate the masculine contours of the chest.

If you are a male with enlarged breasts, then a male breast reduction may be the perfect solution for you to get the body you’ve always wanted and to raise your self-esteem and confidence. With offices in both Flemington, NJ and Doylestown, PA, Dr. Brian R. Buinewicz and his team at Buinewicz Plastic Surgery has a lot of experience in performing this procedure. If you’re a man in Hunterdon County, NJ or Bucks County, PA that’s looking to tighten and contour your chest, then be sure to contact us right away!