Men with gynecomastia or "man boobs" have enlarged breasts due to excessive breast tissue and fat deposits, which give them a gynecoid or feminine-looking chest. The look can be reversed through male breast reduction surgery. Almost all surgeons just remove the fat and gland with visible large incisions. Yes, the gynecomastia is reduced, but the chest does not look like an athletic chest that most men have in mind. Seattle area plastic surgeon, Dr. Marosan, takes this to an advanced level. Dr. Marosan uses the VASER Hi Def Lipo technique, which can create a chiseled upper body and chest instead of just flattening the chest by simple liposuction. The thick fibrous fatty tissue of the chest is treated with the VASER first to emulsify the fat for optimum extraction. More fat is removed in a more precise and quicker way and the remaining skin is tightened. Breast tissue can be removed through the same small stealth incisions employed by Dr. Marosan. There are NO signs of surgery on the chest!; you just look sculpted and muscular.
After fat is removed during reduction surgery, in some candidates with small muscles, the fat is then treated and injected into the upper pectoralis major muscle to further enhance muscular bulk to the chest. Fat is aggressively removed from the lateral chest wall between the anterior border of the latissimus dorsi muscle and the lateral pectoralis major muscle. As a result, a man will have a smooth, muscular, sculpted chest defining the pectoralis major muscles. The midline of the chest is sculpted to further define a muscular chest including the natural depression between the deltoid and pectoralis muscles.
Dr. Marosan does not recommend endocrine testing for most patients and there are no medications or exercise which will make the condition go away. Dr. Marosan uses the VASER Hi Def Lipo and Power X cannulas to remove the fat via small inconspicuous stealth incisions within the areolas right under the nipples and arm pits. If glandular tissue needs to be removed, he uses the same small 1 cm areolar incision. He is able to reduce even "C cup" breasts without skin excision and no extended scar placement on the chest.
"Total Male Body Sculpting Transformation (Daddy Makeover), Why Did I Wait So Long! Abs, Arms, Back, Chest! - Bellevue, WA - I did a lot of research to find the best Plastic Surgeon in Bellevue, with artistic skills, hands of experience, amazing results and I found Dr. George Marosan! Dr. Marosan took time and reviewed everything in detail with me. The staff is truly the best team I have seen in all my years, and it makes a difference. The individual care makes you feel like you are their only patient. When you look for a Dr. look for a sculptor, a real artist, not just a Plastic Surgeon. My wife and I are thrilled with our new bodies. I wish I wouldn't have waited so long, so what are you waiting for?"- D. / RealSelf / Feb 21, 2016
"18 Year Old with Gynecomastia - I researched a lot before choosing a plastic surgeon. Dr Marosan had the best reviews ever, and now I know why. He is THE BEST!"- S. / RealSelf / Oct 15, 2016
"Best decision ever! - I have intimate knowledge of the plastic surgery industry and I chose Dr. Marosan as my surgeon for gynecomastia excision and High Def Vaser body sculpting liposuction. In my opinion he is the only true expert in High Def Vaser Body Sculpting Liposuction in the Pacific NorthWest. No one else has the meticulous attention to detail and takes the time to produce the the amazing lasting results...."- R. / RealSelf / Dec 01, 2018
"18 Year Old with Gynecomastia - After 3 years of dealing with gynecomastia, I decided to look into a surgical procedure. Research showed that a plastic surgeon would be my best option (not a cosmetic surgeon/ learn the difference).Meeting the staff at Dr Marosan's clinic for the first time; made me feel relaxed and well cared for.Today is only day 2 after the procedure and I am SUPER happy with the results. I would recommend this clinic to anyone looking into plastic surgery. Everyone in the staff is absolutely a GEM!"- S.B. / RealSelf / Mar 28, 2017
"Highly Recommend Dr. Marosan, MD - Dr. Marosan, MD came highly recommended and I am completely satisfied with the results of my surgery. I was apprehensive when I was diagnosed with gynecomastia; but Dr. Marosan was the right choice for me. From my initial consultation, surgery, and follow-up appointments have been flawless. Dr. Marosan and his entire staff are polite and professional."- J. / RealSelf / Aug 24, 2020
Male breast reduction surgery uses intravenous anesthesia with the tumescent technique and is performed in our accredited surgical facility. The operation lasts 1-2 hours. It is normal to have minimal bruising and swelling around the chest area for the first couple of weeks. A compression garment with special foam pads inside it must be worn for 3-4 weeks to help with reshaping and healing. Most patients are able to return to their normal routine after a few days but must avoid any strenuous physical activities, especially ones that will put pressure on the chest. Results are highly satisfactory for most patients, regaining their confidence in situations where their chests are bared.
Is This Gynecomastia?
This condition must not be confused with a false gynecomastia, also known as pseudogynecomastia, in which the enlargement is caused by fat deposits instead of breast tissue development. The plastic surgeon will be able to determine this by physical examinations at the initial consultation. If it is a case of excessive fat tissues on the chest, the approach in treatment is the same when removing excess fat tissues in any part of the body. Proper diet and exercises are recommended afterwards.
Will My Pecs Show?
This depends on your surgeon's technical ability and artistic skills to sculpt the chest. Gynecomastia, unfortunately, hides the normal chest muscles that lie underneath the layers of overdeveloped breast tissue and fat. With a male breast reduction surgery, all excess fat and breast tissues will be removed and the pectoralis muscles will become visible. Dr. Marosan goes beyond this basic technique. The muscle can be bulked up with injections of fat into the upper pectoral muscles. It is very important to contour the lateral chest wall and reveal the lateral pectoral line and muscle edge and all the fat is removed to reveal the anterior border of the latissimus dorsi muscle. With proper diet and exercise after the surgery, men will be able to tone and strengthen their chest muscle to further enhance the chest’s natural masculine shape.
Is Lipo A Must?
Liposuction is the primary approach in extracting fat around the glandular tissues. Once the desired chest sculpting is achieved, the gland under the areola (which causes puffy nipples) is removed through the same small liposuction incision within the areola. Dr. Marosan uses the VASER Hi Def Lipo technique to sculpt the chest. Even in patients who do not think they have fat, Dr. Marosan finds that liposuction is still an integral part of the treatment to give the best possible outcome.
Will There Be Scars?
Dr. Marosan's technique does not leave any visible scars! This is important in males who have no chest hair or choose to shave the hair off the chest. If the breast reduction technique uses liposuction, the incisions will be minimal and will be placed within the areola (the dark skin around the nipple). Another incision is placed in the arm pit. These are closed with one suture! These scars are not visible when healed. There are no scars on the breast and chest as often seen in photos of other plastic surgeons.
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- Average Cost
- $4,500 - $6,500
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-4 Hours
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