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Gynecomastia Treatment by Boston Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Bartlett

Doctor Bartlett - Gynecomastia

If you are among the estimated 40 to 60 percent of men suffering from excess tissue in either one or both breasts, you are not alone. Development of breast tissue in males, especially young men around adolescence, is incredibly common. The condition, called gynecomastia, also can occur in older men, men on medications, or men who have lost a significant amount of weight. When the development of breast tissue becomes obvious it can have a devastating effect on self esteem and will often keep men from ever removing their shirt in public.

Boston cosmetic surgeon Richard A. Bartlett, M.D. is one of New England’s foremost experts in gynecomastia and male breast reduction. He teaches his male breast reduction techniques at the Harvard Medical School and also lectures on the subject of gynecomastia. Dr. Bartlett has helped numerous patients from throughout New England regain their confidence by fixing this benign, but psychologically disturbing problem. He finds that male breast reduction surgery has a high rate of patient satisfaction because results are so dramatic.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery – What to Expect

  • About the Surgery – during the procedure glandular tissue is removed, liposuction is occasionally used, and extremely large nipples are reduced in size
  • Surgical Setting – treatment of gynecomastia is handled on an outpatient basis
  • Anesthesia – general anesthesia is used
  • Surgical Incisions – are placed around the nipple area and typically heal without being noticeable
  • Post Surgery – a compression vest (similar to spandex) must be worn for 1 week at all times, 24/7. The vest is removed after 1 week to check the incisions. If healing is progressing normally the vest is worn for 1 more week, but patients are allowed to remove the vest briefly to shower. Absolutely no sports or vigorous activity are allowed for 6 weeks following surgery.
  • Discomfort is mild and recovery is rapid.