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Gynecomastia (enlarged male breast tissue), known as “man boobs,” effects an estimated 40-50% of the male population. The condition is typically caused by excess fat associated with obesity, but there may be some associated breast gland tissue present as well. For those affected, gynecomastia can cause significant embarrassment, emotional distress, and low self-esteem. Many men avoid removing their shirts, or find themselves choosing loose fitting clothing, and often avoid intimate relations. Fortunately, there is a surgical option available for men who are tired of dealing with gynecomastia and wish to regain their self-confidence. A male breast reduction in Fort Worth may be your best option.

If you are ready to learn more about male breast reduction, or gynecomastia surgery, request a consultation online with Dr. Steele, or call our office. We serve patients in Fort Worth, TX and surrounding communities and we welcome patients who wish to travel from outside the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

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Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia is most often associated with obesity, and is more appropriately termed “pseudogynecomastia” in these patients. A trial of weight loss can be beneficial for many men. In adolescent boys transitioning through puberty, hormonal changes can cause transient breast development that resolves, as they get older. Chronic marijuana use and anabolic steroid use are both associated with gynecomastia and must be stopped prior to any surgical intervention. There are other medications and medical conditions (testicular and pituitary gland masses) that must be ruled out prior to surgery. It is vitally important that you share all of your medical history prior to proceeding with any surgical procedure.

If time, or medication and lifestyle changes (diet and exercise, drug use cessation) have not improved your condition, surgical intervention may provide the following benefits:

  • Removal of excess chest fat
  • Removal of any breast glandular tissue
  • Improved chest contour and tightened chest skin

Surgical Technique

Dr. Steele uses the most advanced liposuction techniques to contour your chest for male breast reduction surgery. In many cases, Dr. Steele can avoid a large scar around the areola by placing two small (4-5mm) scars on each side of the chest. If there is residual glandular tissue under the nipple and areola, Dr. Steele will utilize a small incision along the areola to remove this tissue. In the most severe cases of gynecomastia with nipple ptosis (sagging), Dr. Steele will perform liposuction first and then wait to see the degree of skin contraction over 3-6 months. Some men may then request further skin tightening; however, this requires more extensive and visible scarring. Fortunately, this is an extremely small group of patients.

During/After Surgery

Most Fort Worth male breast reduction procedures can be comfortably performed in Dr. Steele’s office under local anesthesia and mild sedation with nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Once all the fat is removed, any glandular tissue is removed through a small incision around the areola. The procedure lasts 1-2 hours. In larger cases, a small drain is placed and removed after 5-7 days. Foam pads are placed on the chest to encourage resolution of swelling/bruising and the patient is placed into a compression garment. Sutures are removed around one week. The garment is worn for 4-6 weeks, at which time the patient is transitioned to compression undershirts.

You can return to work to work within a few days after gynecomastia surgery. Exercise regimens are typically resumed by 4 weeks. Bruising will resolve by 2 weeks, but swelling will take 3-6 months for full resolution. While the scars are inconspicuous and well hidden, you may wish to use Biocorneum for optimal scar resolution.

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    N/A Matthew H. Steele, MD 5656 Edwards Ranch Road Suite 202
    Fort Worth
    TX 76109
    Phone: (817) 731-5330

    Client Description: The surgery center was small and his pain management technique was such that I had very little post operative pain. His assistant Erica is amazing and Carrie and Jessica at the front were so helpful. My weekly appointments were easy to schedule and his office is conveniently located. Dr. Steele did a magnificent job and I couldn’t be more pleased. He came very highly recommended and my Mom and daughter are lined up to make appointments with him as well.

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