Gynecomastia Surgery in East County
Gynecomastia is a condition where excess fat and tissue combine to give men overly large breasts. Oversized male breasts may negatively impact men’s self-image or social interactions. It can develop as early as puberty, but may also occur later in life due to factors such as weight gain, hormone changes, or the use of steroids and other medications. Excessive usage of alcohol or marijuana can also increase your risk of male breast enlargement.
Fortunately, gynecomastia is not a permanent condition. Some men can successfully treat the condition with diet and exercise. For men where such efforts are insufficient, gynecomastia corrective surgery is available. Gynecomastia surgery removes the excess fat and glandular tissue from the chest to create a smoother and flatter appearance.
What Does Gynecomastia Surgery Do For You?
Gynecomastia can cause men to look heavier or more feminine than they may desire. By removing excess fat and tissue from the chest, gynecomastia surgery can enhance your contours and create a more toned and masculine-looking chest.
Swollen or oversized breasts can negatively affect the self-image and confidence of men. It may also cause insecurities in social or professional situations. Gynecomastia surgery can address these issues by removing the physical factor that causes them. This can result in increased confidence.
ReduceIrritation & Discomfort
Just like with women, oversized male breasts can have negative health effects. They may cause skin irritation or back pain. The weight of oversized breast tissue can also disrupt your balance. Gynecomastia surgery can reduce the size of your breasts and tighten skin to reduce irritation.
What Techniques Are Used During Gynecomastia Surgery?
For patients whose oversized breasts are primarily caused by excess fat, liposuction is an effective treatment. A small incision is made, and the fat is vacuumed out through a small tube called a cannula. This technique is highly effective and results in only a small scar.
For men whose gynecomastia is caused by excess glandular tissue, surgical excision is required. This is done by creating an incision around your areola and removing the excess tissue from the chest. The remaining skin is then tightened over the new chest contours to create a firm and masculine appearance.
Some men may find that their gynecomastia is caused by both excess fat and overgrown glandular tissue. Never fear, the liposuction and excision techniques may be used together to address your concerns. When used together, Dr. Jindal performs liposuction first, followed by the removal of excess skin and glandular tissue. This combination can provide more dramatic results than either technique alone.
Further Concerns About Gynecomastia In East County?
RecoveryImmediately after your surgery, you will experience swelling around your incisions that will conceal the results of your surgery. Your recovery typically lasts between seven and ten days, after which you will be able to resume work and most daily activities. Your initial results will become apparent after about two weeks as the swelling subsides. Vigorous exercise and strenuous work should be avoided for up to six weeks to let your incisions heal.
The results of gynecomastia surgery are generally permanent, providing you maintain your weight and avoid the use of steroids or other medications that can cause a resurgence of gynecomastia.
PainGynecomastia surgery is performed under general or local anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the procedure. As such, you should experience little to no pain during the operation itself.
Minor to moderate pain may accompany the swelling around your incisions during the first week of your recovery. Prescription or over-the-counter pain medication or anti-inflammatories can be used to manage the pain. You will be provided a compression garment to wear during your recovery. It will speed the healing process and reduce swelling.
ScarsSome scarring will occur as a result of gynecomastia surgery. Fortunately, the scars from a liposuction procedure tend to be quite small, and the edge of the areola will hide scars resulting from the surgical excision technique. The scars will also fade over time and fade faster if kept out of direct sunlight.
CostThe cost of a gynecomastia procedure varies based on several factors. These factors can include the techniques used and the fees associated with the surgical facility, anesthesia, and other medications. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with a personalized quote during your consultation.
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