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Gynecomastia Reduction Northern Virginia

Gynecomastic Reduction Male Breast Reduction Surgery

What is gynecomastia reduction?

A male breast reduction (also known as gynecomastia reduction) removes the excess breast tissue to create a smooth, flat, muscular chest.  Gynecomastia (breast growth in men) is a common problem, but rarely discussed. If you feel embarrassed or self-conscious about the appearance of your chest, you are not alone. Some men may also experience tenderness or pain around the nipples as a result.

What causes gynecomastia?

In most cases, there is no clear, identifiable cause for the growth of breast tissue seen in gynecomastia. In these situations, once the gynecomastia is removed it usually does not come back. It is important, however, that other causes be ruled out to ensure that the gynecomastia is secondary to another issue. Problems that can cause gynecomastia include hormone imbalances, certain medications, anabolic steroids, marijuana, and obesity to name a few. Dr. Sailon will review your medical history and perform a thorough examination to see if further workup is needed.

How do I know if I have gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is simply the enlargement or growth of breast tissue in men. This can occur on one side of your chest, or both. The common signs include:

  • The appearance of breast tissue
  • Increased size of the areola (the pigmented skin around the nipple)
  • Breast tenderness or pain

Am I a candidate for a male breast reduction?

If you have gynecomastia that has been present for at least one year without changing, you are likely a good candidate for surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Sailon will evaluate you to see if there are any identifiable causes of the gynecomastia that can be addressed. If you smoke, it is imperative that you quit one month before surgery.

How is the procedure done?

As with any plastic surgery procedure, a male breast reduction must be carefully tailored to the individual’s needs.

Liposuction only recommended for those with elastic skin and mild gynecomastia. A 1/4” incision is placed in the crease of the pectoralis muscle to allow Dr. Sailon to surgically remove the breast tissue.

Subareolar incision a small incision is made along the bottom half of the areola. This procedure is well-suited for those with moderate gynecomastia and can be combined with liposuction to further smooth out the chest and highlight the pectoralis muscles.

Periareolar incision reserved for moderate to severe breast tissue and excess loose skin. A “donut” type incision is made around the areola, allowing Dr. Sailon to remove both skin and breast tissue. As with the subareolar incision, this is frequently combined with liposuction.

Circumvertical or free nipple grafts used in rare instances where patients have severely loose skin. These techniques involve extra incisions to recontour the chest. Dr. Sailon will review the pro’s and con’s of each technique to determine what is appropriate for you.

What can I expect on the day of surgery?

Dr. Sailon believes in a safety-first approach for all patients. Male breast reduction surgery or Gynecomastia is performed only in fully-accredited operating rooms. Depending on the procedure selected, you may be a candidate for local anesthesia only (numbing medicine placed in the chest but you are fully awake), IV sedation (an anesthesiologist provides medicine to make you relaxed), or general anesthesia (you go to sleep). The decision of which is best will, of course, be in large part up to you. Dr. Sailon will review these various techniques in greater detail during your consultation.

What is the recovery from surgery like?

You will go home shortly after surgery, accompanied by a friend or relative. An elastic pressure garment is to be worn nearly continuously the first 2 weeks to help reduce swelling and optimize your results. You may be prescribed medication in case there is any significant discomfort in the chest. Most can return to school or work after about 5 days. Light aerobic exercise can begin 10 days after surgery with full participation in athletics at 4 weeks.




Northern Virginia

6801 Whittier Avenue, Suite 301
McLean, Virginia 22101

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Woodbridge, VA 22191

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Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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After serious consideration, and in line with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we will be limiting our practice until April 7th. This may need to be extended further depending on how the situation evolves. Your health and well-being are our primary concern and we want to do our part to make sure that you are protected.

Effective immediately the following will occur:
All procedures and in-person consultations will be suspended until April 7th.

The office will be partially staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.

We are instituting Virtual Consultations for our large inquiry base.

Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.

No patient will ever have any financial recourse for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

  • Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
    We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • As we are a medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities.

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