WHat is Gynecomastia?
If you are a man looking for an experienced surgeon to discuss your options in removing breast tissue, Port Saint Lucie, FL board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. William Vinyard has a very high success rate for his male breast reduction patients. Men with breast tissue on their chest have a condition known as gynecomastia, which produces a more feminine appearance. In many cases, gynecomastia is caused by an underlying hormonal problem or is medically induced. At Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS), gynecomastia surgery is one of our more popular cosmetic treatments for men to correct the growths by removing excess fat and breast tissue. In a consultation, Dr. Vinyard will inquire about your medical history and perform a physical examination to help determine the cause.
Gynecomastia treatment is designed to contour the male breast tissue that remains despite the best efforts to lose the excess tissue through diet and exercise. The overall goals of surgery to treat gynecomastia are to achieve a more masculine appearance by decreasing the size and projection of male breasts. Dr. Vinyard may employ the use of liposuction only or liposuction combined with a direct incision for the removal of unwanted breast tissue. During the conversation with Dr. Vinyard, you will be able to express your desires for treatment of gynecomastia and then Dr. Vinyard will make recommendations for your surgical plan.
"Bi-lateral Mastectomy Reconstruction - Fortunately, I was given Dr. Vinyards card from my breast surgeon along with two other recommendations upon my initial diagnosis. I met with all three doctors and chose Dr. Vinyard after our first meeting. He spent a great deal of time with my husband and me explaining the procedure, options and outcomes. His demeanor, professionalism and kindness were beyond our expectation. He prepared..."- S. / RealSelf / Oct 16, 2018
"Dr Vinyard Became Part of Our Family - Dr. Vinyard is incredible. He has the best demeanor, genuinely cares for his clients, and is so dedicated and precise. My results were fantastic - the other folks on the medical team were shocked by how beautiful and natural everything looked. Top notch.We initially chose him because he graciously made time for me, answered all of our questions when scared, and put us at ease.Dr. Vinyard..."- R. / RealSelf / Oct 09, 2018
"Dr. Vinyard is the reason I am alive today. My journey started with him and still is ongoing. He has left the group practice he was a part of and has decided to open his own practice in St. Lucie West...I am so excited for him (wish he did it earlier would have saved me many trips to Palm Springs. ??) He is beyond just an amazing Plastic Surgeon...he cares about his patients and always takes time to make sure his patients get the best care. I had numerous complications throughout my breast cancer journey and he was always there to be the voice I sometimes lost. His offices are currently being built and should be up and running by November. I could never thank him enough for what he has done for me. He is the best!!"- M.H. / Facebook / Sep 02, 2018
"Dr. Vinyard exchanged my breast implants and they look amazing! He also made my abdominoplasty scar look so much better, I had my original abdominoplasy over 10 years ago with another surgeon who came highly recommended, my scar became widened immediately and I was always self conscious of the way it looked. I had been looking for a surgeon to revise my scar for a long time but never found a result I was truly happy with until I saw Dr.Vinyards before and after photos. I imme...diately knew I was going to have him do my scar revision. I am so happy I found him! Dr.Vinyard took the time to make sure the scar was even and has a special technique to make the scar as thin as possible, I’m so happy with my results and I highly recommend him! He is a great surgeon and very OCD about giving the best cosmetic result that we all want! And the consults are free! Thank you Dr. Vinyard so very much helping me get me self confidence back!!! ??"- S.L. / Facebook / Aug 31, 2018
"Most Amazing Reconstructive Dr and Staff - Could not ask for a better plastic surgeon! Dr. Vinyard is a top class Dr specializing in bilateral mastectomies reconstruction! My results are 100% better than ever expected and my Breasts are better looking now than originally! Not only is Dr.Vinyard a master surgeon, respectful, sweet, compassionate and funny but his staff is also unbelievably AWESOME. Sofia and Pauola are so amazingly..."- L. / RealSelf / Jul 22, 2018
Who Is A Candidate?
Male breast reduction treatment is a procedure for men with oversized breasts that cannot be treated with medications or diet. If you are troubled by the size and shape of your chest (but you're healthy and at a good weight), you may benefit from male breast reduction surgery by Dr. Vinyard at Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery. Adolescent teens may also benefit from gynecomastia surgery; however, an additional procedure may be needed later during adulthood if excess breast tissue continues to develop. During your first appointment with Dr. Vinyard, treatment options will be provided and may include the chances of moving forward with surgery to repair the condition. Plan to spend about 1 – 1.5 hours with Dr. Vinyard in your consultation and be prepared to have additional labs (like blood work) after your appointment.
What is the technique?
A form of liposuction is almost always utilized during male breast reduction surgery. While you are under general anesthesia, liposuction helps eliminate excess fat tissue from the chest wall. Next, any lax skin will be carefully trimmed away to create a taut appearance, and then the nipple area and surrounding areola will be placed into a proportionate position. In most cases, this treatment strategy requires a small incision in proximity to where the glandular tissue has formed. Once the fat and loose skin have been appropriately handled, Dr. Vinyard will pull together the remaining skin. Your incisions will be closed and bandaged. Dr. Vinyard may ask you to wear a compression wrap on your chest to help limit swelling and fluid buildup. Once you are discharged, you can return to the comfort of your home after your procedure with someone that can stay with you overnight.
What Can I Expect?
The results following this procedure are immediately visible and most patients are extremely excited about the physical change. The incisions made during surgery take time to heal and scarring is usually barely visible. If you have a sedentary job, you may be able to return to work about a week after your surgery. We will want you to wear the compression garment as a part of your treatment for 3 – 6 weeks to limit swelling and because it will provide support for your skin and chest.
After a medical clearance from Dr. Vinyard, you can begin to incorporate exercise and strength training, which will help accentuate the surgical results. Strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for six weeks.
Bruising can remain for up to 2 – 3 weeks after surgery, but it can be concealed by clothing and your compression garment. The majority of the swelling will be gone in six weeks and should resolve by month three. We will take "after" photos three months post procedure so that you can compare them to the "before" photos.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does male breast reduction cost?
Gynecomastia is a medical issue that requires a skilled surgeon. This is why Dr. Vinyard urges you to focus on getting quality results over costs. In situations in which your insurance company is involved, you will be required to pay your specialists' copay and we will file your visit with your insurance company on your behalf. However, in most cases, the treatment of Gynecomastia is considered cosmetic and therefore not covered by insurance. In this case, you will be responsible for a $100 consultation fee which will apply to the cost of your procedure.
To make your surgery easier to afford, Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods and we can. We can also help you find low-interest financing. While male breast reduction is generally not covered by insurance, it is worth talking to your provider to confirm. You will meet with the patient care coordinator who will explain your quote to you. This quote is designed based on the plan that you and Dr. Vinyard have decided upon together.
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is caused by a disruption in hormone balance. In most cases, gynecomastia is linked to the use of anabolic steroids or androgens. This condition may also be caused by certain health conditions (hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, and tumors) or some medications (highly active antiretroviral therapy, anti-anxiety medications, and chemotherapy).
Can my gynecomastia correction surgery be combined with other procedures?
Yes. It can be combined with other procedures such as liposuction of the lower abdomen or flanks. You can discuss your other concerns with Dr. Vinyard during your consultation.
How can I tell if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is excess breast tissue growth in the male chest, which may cause pain, tenderness, and swelling. Some men may have false gynecomastia (also known as pseudogynecomastia), Dr. Vinyard encourages patients to lose weight with a healthy diet and exercise before seeking treatment for gynecomastia. If you have enlarged breasts at a healthy weight, Dr. Vinyard can perform an examination and tests to diagnosis gynecomastia. This may include blood tests, a mammogram, or a biopsy to rule out other conditions like breast cancer and mastitis (infection of the breast tissue).
Can gynecomastia be treated with exercise or pills?
The most effective treatment for gynecomastia is male breast reduction surgery. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any medications to treat gynecomastia. While they are not approved for gynecomastia, some breast cancer medications (Tamoxifen or Raloxifene) may have limited effects. Strength training to build the pectoral muscles cannot reduce the amount of breast tissue and may make the breasts appear larger.
Will this fix puffy or pointy nipples?
Puffy or pointy nipples may be caused by glandular gynecomastia. If this is a concern for you, please talk to Dr. Vinyard during your consultation. He will customize your treatment plan to use the best technique and incision pattern to correct your nipples. Large areolas can also be reduced during male breast reduction surgery. It's important to be honest with Dr. Vinyard about your needs and goals in your consultation, so he can ensure the results you want.
Restore your Masculine Chest
Let's have a discussion about your gynecomastia. We welcome you to call our office to schedule a one-on-one, private consultation with Dr. Vinyard to learn more about our male breast reduction surgery at VIPS. After treatment for gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), you can stop covering up your chest and enjoy your healthy, masculine physique. We have assisted so many Port Saint Lucie, FL men and are happy to them reestablish their self-esteem with a flatter, leaner chest.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $6,000 - $8,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 – 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 – 3 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location