Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia in Chicago

Men of all ages can experience gynecomastia, a condition where the glandular tissue of the breasts are enlarged. Usually a result of obesity, hormonal changes, genetics, or certain drugs, gynecomastia can be a great source of embarrassment and teasing for anyone that has it. Men may feel emasculated by the condition, making them feel so self-conscious that they hide it by never taking their shirt off—even at the beach.

While gynecomastia is more common amongst overweight and obese men, weight loss might still not be an effective solution for enlarged breast tissue. Today, the most effective treatment for gynecomastia is through male breast reduction surgery.

Your Male Breast Reduction Consultation

During your consultation, you will get an honest, informative discussion on gynecomastia with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Leonard Lu. You will learn the risks and benefits of gynecomastia surgery. Dr. Lu will answer any questions you might have about the treatment.

With your input, he will also create a surgical plan to address your cosmetic concern in relation to your unique chest anatomy. You should be ready to provide your medical history so Dr. Lu can determine if you’re an ideal candidate for male breast reduction surgery.

During your initial visit, you’ll receive a detailed quote for the procedure and what you can expect during your recovery.

Male Breast Reduction in Chicago

Depending on your specific condition, your procedure will take place while you are under general or local anesthesia. Your gynecomastia surgery will reduce the size of the breasts, remove excess skin, and enhance the masculine contours of your chest. Severe cases of gynecomastia might cause the breasts to sag, which could then stretch the areolas. In that case, your surgeon will reposition and resize your areolas.

Your Male Breast Reduction Recovery

Your procedure will be an outpatient procedure, so you can go home on the same day as the surgery. To speed the recovery process, we’ll provide you with a compression vest to help shape your new chest contours and help reduce swelling. We suggest patients should avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks. You will have a prescription for narcotic pain medication to ease any discomfort. Once you’ve discontinued use, you’re free to to return to work.

Before-and-After Pictures

If you’re interested in seeing actual results, take some time to look over our before-and-after gallery for gynecomastia surgery.

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Best Gynecomastia Surgeon in Chicago

Dr. Leonard Lu is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has exhibited a commitment to excellence throughout his career. Dr. Lu was one of only 80 students selected nationally to participate in an eight-year combined undergraduate/medical school program at Brown University.

After completing research fellowships at Northwestern University, Washington University, and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Lu published several articles in the peer-reviewed journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Gynecomastia Surgery Cost in Chicago

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of male breast reduction surgery in the United States is about $3,600. As an established Chicago gynecomastia surgeon, Dr. Lu will meet with you in his office to discuss all options and costs. The cost varies based on many factors, including the extent of the necessary corrections.

Most health insurance providers consider gynecomastia surgery an elective procedure, which means they don’t cover any of the costs. Be sure to speak with Dr. Lu about all associated costs and payment options during your consultation.

If you would like to learn more about gynecomastia surgery or any of our other procedures, call (847) 367-8815 now to schedule a consultation. We are conveniently located at 230 Center Drive, Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061.

FAQs About Gynecomastia Surgery

What is gynecomastia surgery recovery like?

Swelling and bruising at the incision sites are typical in the weeks after the procedure. A compression bandage may be necessary to provide protection and support while the chest heals.

Dr. Lu will prescribe medication and provide aftercare instructions to ensure a comfortable recovery. You should avoid rigorous exercise or strenuous activities until he clears you to return to your everyday lifestyle.

The results of gynecomastia surgery are permanent, though you should monitor weight fluctuations or lifestyle choices that could cause you to develop excess breast tissue.

Are there any risks of male breast reduction surgery?

Though gynecomastia surgery risks are minimal, any surgical procedure involves potential complications. The risks associated with male breast reduction include:

  • Hematoma
  • Infection
  • Changes in nipple sensation
  • Asymmetry
  • Unfavorable scarring

Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and MedSpa takes every precaution to minimize risk using only the safest, most innovative techniques in plastic surgery. You can reduce potential complications by carefully following all Dr. Lu’s instructions before and after the procedure.

If you would like to learn more about gynecomastia surgery or any of our other procedures, call (847) 367-8815 now to schedule a consultation. We are conveniently located at 230 Center Drive, Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061.