Liposuction and Gynecomastia Treatment
This question is asked frequently by San Francisco Bay Area men, and the answer is; rarely will liposuction alone get rid of man boobs. True gynecomastia is a combination of fat and breast tissue. Liposuction will only effectively remove fat. Breast tissue is too dense to go through a cannula.
Liposuction Treats pseudogynecomastia
There are many surgeons who attempt to remove moobs by liposuction alone, they leave behind the breast tissue which now without the surrounding fat may be even more apparent. I would say that 35% to 40% of my male breast reduction cases are “redo” surgeries where the original surgeon used liposuction alone. This presents a more difficult “redo” surgery because now there is scar tissue making dissection more difficult and the skin may have lost much of its elasticity. This is especially frustrating for the patient who will have to go through another surgery involving more expense and recovery time and maybe not the result that could have been obtained if breast tissue had been excised in the original surgery. There are instances when liposuction is a great tool, but mostly it should be used for touch up procedures, to extract and/or inject fat. In the rare case where the male breast is caused by fat alone, liposuction may be very effective. This is not considered “true gynecomastia” however; it is referred to as “pseudo-gynecomastia”. In many cases, pseudo-gynecomastia can be reversed with weight loss if the skin has not been overly stretched. In order to avoid needing a “redo” surgery, be sure to find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon that specializes in gynecomastia surgery. Look at the surgeons before and after photos, and ask questions as to the method of surgery to be used.
Liposuction assist in gynecomastia surgery.