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Male Chest Reduction

For some men, having overly large breasts is an embarrassing problem. Many men have chosen chest reduction at the Sinno Center for Plastic Surgery near Baltimore, Maryland, as an effective, long-term solution. we strive to be sensitive to your needs as we provide you with a quality health care experience.

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We can help you achieve the look you want. Request your consultation online with Dr. Fady Sinno or call us at (410) 884-4200 or (410) 751-2348 (Westminster). Dr. Sinno has offices near Baltimore, Annapolis, and Frederick.

About Chest Reduction

Approximately 40 to 60% of men are affected by a condition known as gynecomastia, to varying degrees. This medical term describes breasts in men that have a "woman like" appearance. Sometimes only one breast is affected. Gynecomastia frequently occurs without any known cause. It may be related to hormonal abnormalities, certain drugs or prescription medications, or obesity.


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Dr. Sinno

Fady Sinno, MD, FACS, has over 20 years of plastic surgery experience. Dr. Sinno is admired for his commitment to natural results, comfort and safety.

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If you are a man with excessively large breasts, chest reduction surgery in our Baltimore area practice can create a flatter, more masculine looking contour for your chest. Potential alternatives to this procedure include:

  • Weight loss
  • Exercise
  • Change in medication
  • Elimination of steroid use
  • A standard mastectomy

What to Expect

The operation takes place at the Sinno Center for Plastic Surgery on an outpatient basis. Dr. Sinno will discuss with you the type of anesthesia to use, depending on the extent of your surgery. Local anesthesia, combined with a sedative, allows you to remain awake but very relaxed. With a general anesthetic, you will be asleep throughout the procedure.

Sometimes liposuction in Baltimore (using the ultrasonic machine) is sufficient to treat the entire breast. In many cases a small incision is needed in conjunction with liposuction.

A small incision is made either under your arm or at the edge of the areola (the dark area around your nipple), and then ultrasonic liposuction is usually performed. Dr. Sinno may also have to cut away the excess breast tissue. In some cases, excess skin may have to be removed so that the remaining chest skin can be fixed firmly to your new chest contour.

Recovery

Right after surgery

  • You will go home several hours after the procedure.
  • Your chest will be covered with a light gauze dressing.
  • A specialized elasticized chest vest is placed over your chest to aid in the healing process. You will wear this for 2 to 3 weeks. It can be worn discretely under your clothing.
  • A small tube, called a drain, may be used to help drain off excess fluids (a normal result of surgery) for several days. Staff at the Sinno Center for Plastic Surgery will give you instructions on how to care for the drain.
  • Expect minor discomfort or pain. This will go away in a couple of days. You can take prescribed pain medication to manage it.
  • Sleep or lie only on your back for the first week. Try to avoid sleeping on your side. Use pillows to elevate and support your head and back to help reduce swelling.

Pain, swelling, bruising

  • The surgery will cause you to be swollen and bruised for several weeks.
  • Bruising and swelling will slowly disappear. It may take 4 to 6 months for all swelling to fade completely. Try to be patient.
  • You can take prescribed pain medication to manage the minor pain and discomfort you may experience.

Getting better

  • The gauze dressing or elastic bandage will be removed on your first office visit with Dr. Sinno after surgery.
  • You can take a shower or bath 24 hours after surgery, even with the drains in place. Staff at the Sinno Center for Plastic Surgery will give you specific instructions for handling your bandage and drains while bathing.
  • Stitches are usually the absorbable type.

Getting back to normal

  • Try to start walking around a few hours after your surgery.
  • Return to work when you feel ready. For most men, this is within 1-3 days.
  • Hold off on sexual activity for 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Avoid heavy or strenuous exercise, including lifting, for at least 3 weeks.
  • For at least a month, stay clear of any tasks, job, or sports where you might be hit in the chest.
  • Be careful of sunlight exposure while healing. Your scars, though placed inconspicuously, will be highly sensitive to the sun for at least a year. Use SPF 15 or higher whenever you go outside.

What you might notice

  • Each side of your chest may heal at a different rate. One may be more swollen, one may feel less comfortable than the other, or the shapes may look different at first. When fully recovered, your chest will look flat, firm and natural
  • You may feel tired or "washed out" for several weeks. Listen to your body and only do what you can. Don't push yourself.
  • You may see a small amount of fluid draining from your surgical incisions. Some crusting is normal. If you have bleeding or intense pain, call us at the Sinno Center for Plastic Surgery.
  • Your chest will probably ache occasionally for a few weeks.
  • There may be some hardness under the skin.

Results

Results of your chest reduction are permanent. However, if you gain excessive weight, take or use certain drugs, you may notice an increase in your breast size again.

Next Steps

Are you ready to find out more about chest reduction surgery? Request your consultation online with Dr. Fady Sinno or call us at (410) 884-4200 or (410) 751-2348 (Westminster). His offices are conveniently located near Baltimore, Annapolis, and Frederick.

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    Phone: (410) 884-4200

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    Sinno Center for Plastic Surgery: Dr. Fady A. Sinno

    826 Washington Road #220
    Westminster, MD 21157

    Phone: (410) 751-2348