Gynecomastia Surgery
in Tucson, AZ

In our plastic surgery office in Tucson, men can undergo gynecomastia surgery to remove excess breast tissue and make their chests look more masculine. Dr. Sanchez-Navarro is a board-certified plastic surgeon with 13 years of experience in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. He can achieve great results using the latest technology and his expertise in male treatments. Most patients find that the results of gynecomastia surgery boost their confidence and self-esteem.

What Is Gynecomastia Surgery?

Gynecomastia surgery is a procedure that corrects enlarged male breasts, which 
is a common issue caused by hormonal imbalance, obesity, and substance abuse. This condition may also be triggered by certain medications, especially anabolic steroids and antidepressants. In some cases, patients develop gynecomastia after weight loss surgery due to skin laxity and fat redistribution. Luckily, this condition can be treated effectively with modern technology. Gynecomastia surgery removes the excess skin, glandular tissue, and fat that causes the appearance of enlarged breasts. This operation sculpts the chest and creates masculine contours.

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Gynecomastia Symptoms

Gynecomastia surgery is the most effective way to remove excess glandular tissue and fat. It can solve the problem quickly and prevent much discomfort. This treatment has many potential benefits:

Enlarged or swollen breast tissue in males. It typically occurs under the nipples. One or both breasts can be affected.

Tenderness or pain in the breast tissue. The enlarged tissue may be tender or sensitive.

Nipple discharge. A milky or clear fluid might come from one or both nipples.

Lumps felt under the nipple and areola region. These lumps represent excess glandular breast tissue growth.

Asymmetry between two breasts. If only one breast is affected by gynecomastia, it will be noticeably larger than the other breast.

Changes in the skin texture or appearance. As breast tissue grows, the areola region may become visibly distorted.

Consultation & Preparation
for Gynecomastia Surgery

During the initial consultation, Dr. Sanchez-Navarro evaluates the amount and distribution of breast tissue that needs to be removed to achieve the desired chest shape. He also explains the main aspects of the procedure, such as anesthesia, incision placement, and expected recovery. Leading up to the operation, patients are instructed to stop taking certain supplements or medications that could interfere with healing. Blood work, EKG, and chest X-rays may be ordered to clear the person for plastic surgery. Patients are typically instructed to cease smoking for 4 weeks before the procedure and prepare their home for recovery.

Male Breast Reduction Procedure

Anesthesia

The surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The patient is fully asleep and does not feel any pain. Medications are provided intravenously. Vital signs, including heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels, are closely monitored throughout the surgery.
Dr. Sanchez-Navarro makes small incisions along the border of the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple) or in the armpit area. The location and length of the cuts vary based on the individual case.
In some cases, a liposuction is performed to remove fat deposits from the chest area. The surgeon breaks down excess fat with an ultrasonic VASER® device. This excess fatty tissue is then suctioned using a cannula, a small tube connected to a vacuum machine.
Through the incisions, the surgeon carefully removes excess glandular breast tissue using a scalpel, surgical scissors, and other instruments. This is done with utmost care to preserve the surrounding tissues.
If excess skin remains after the breast tissue and fat have been eliminated, the surgeon will remove it. As a result, the chest will look fit and toned.
Once all procedures are complete, Dr. Sanchez-Navarro irrigates the surgical sites and may place drains to prevent fluid buildup. The incisions are closed with sutures. Bandages and compression garments are applied over the chest to facilitate proper healing.

Recovery After
Gynecomastia Surgery

Recovery from gynecomastia surgery typically takes a few weeks. To minimize discomfort and support healing, patients wear a compression vest or elastic bandages over the chest area. It is normal to experience bruising, swelling, and numbness for the first week or two.

Most patients can return to work within 7-10 days, although strenuous activity should be avoided for 3-4 weeks. Dr. Sanchez-Navarro gives post-operative instructions for wound care, activity restrictions, medication, and follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing. Patients should notify the doctor about any signs of infection, bleeding, or complications. With time, the swelling subsides, surgical sites heal, sensation returns, and patients can resume their everyday activities. Scarring from incisions usually fades over 3-6 months. Full recovery may take up to 6 months.

Candidates for Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Many men are pursuing gynecomastia surgery for cosmetic and functional reasons. Some patients aim to improve the way they look, while others want to avoid the pain and discomfort that comes with enlarged male breast tissue. There are several groups of candidates who may consider this type of surgery:

Older men with age-related gynecomastia

As hormone levels shift with age, breast gland tissue can grow. Surgery may help when lifestyle changes do not improve the condition.

Men who engage in sports

Some bodybuilders and athletes develop gynecomastia due to the use of anabolic steroids or other supplements. They may seek surgery to regain a contoured chest appearance.

Men with excess localized fat

A small percentage of gynecomastia cases are due to localized fat deposits rather than actual breast tissue. Liposuction alone may effectively reduce the appearance of enlarged breasts in some men.

Benefits of Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia surgery is the most effective way to remove excess glandular tissue and fat. It can solve the problem quickly and prevent much discomfort. This treatment has many potential benefits:
Improves physical appearance and boosts self-confidence
Allows men to wear tighter clothing without discomfort
Corrects unevenness between the two sides of the chest
Reduces pain or discomfort that can sometimes be associated with enlarged breast tissue
Minimal scarring since incisions are made at natural contours
Long-lasting results
Covered by insurance in some cases if tissue growth is abnormal
Quick recovery time — most men can return to daily activities within 1-2 weeks

Cost of Gynecomastia
Surgery in Tucson, AZ

The cost of gynecomastia surgery in Tucson, AZ, ranges from $5,000 
to $15,000. The total price varies depending on the surgeon’s experience, 
the complexity of the procedure, and additional fees. The best way to receive an accurate cost estimate is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanchez-Navarro, which can be done online or in person.
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What Makes Our Gynecomastia
Surgery Different From Others?

With over 13 years of experience, Dr. Sanchez-Navarro has deep expertise 
in gynecomastia surgery and other procedures that improve men’s health. 
All operations are performed in a comfortable, state-certified surgical facility. 
Dr. Sanchez-Navarro takes a personalized, thoughtful approach to cosmetic operations to help match outer appearance with inner strength and self-confidence. As a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 
Dr. Sanchez-Navarro has comprehensive training in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries, making him highly competent in treating gynecomastia.

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