Gynecomastia is a condition characterized by excess fat and breast tissue in the male chest. While this condition often becomes apparent during adolescence, it can affect men of all ages. Hormonal changes, weight gain, use of certain medications, excessive alcohol or marijuana use, or the use of steroids all increase your risk of developing gynecomastia. This condition often results in a loss of self-confidence and an increase in anxiety, especially in social or intimate situations. Gynecomastia surgery removes excess fat and tissue from the breasts for a smoother, flatter, more masculine chest.
What Can Gynecomastia Surgery Achieve?
FirmerMore Sculpted Chest
Excess tissue and fat can cause your chest to look feminine or make you look heavier than you actually are. Gynecomastia surgery provides a more masculine chest by smoothing and enhancing the contours for a stronger, firmer figure.
Gynecomastia can be distressing for men of any age and can result in insecurities about one’s appearance. Gynecomastia surgery aids men suffering from the emotional complications of having enlarged breasts.
Just as large breasts can cause discomfort for women, enlarged male breasts can also cause discomfort. Folds and creases of extra skin can cause irritation, and the excess weight can be uncomfortable. Gynecomastia surgery can remedy these issues.
Customizing Your Gynecomastia Surgery
Liposuction can be used for patients whose gynecomastia is limited to excess fat in the breasts. Fat is removed with a small hollow tube (known as a cannula) through small and inconspicuous incisions made in the breast area.
If excess breast tissue is the primary cause of your gynecomastia, surgical excision is used. An incision is made around the areola, and excess skin and tissue are removed.
While some patients may need only liposuction or surgical excision, the majority of patients require some combination of the two. To do this, Dr. Batra first removes the excess fat through liposuction and then removes excess tissue and skin. Combining these techniques allows for better results.
Easing Your Concerns
RecoveryRest is vital during the initial stages of your recovery. Your recovery will typically last for seven to 10 days, at which time you can return to work and your normal day-to-day activities. All strenuous exercise, especially the lifting of any weights, should be avoided for at least six weeks to ensure proper healing. Your results will become apparent once the swelling and bruising subside. Results are generally permanent as long as you maintain a stable weight and avoid using steroids and certain medications.
PainSwelling, bruising, and soreness are common following your gynecomastia surgery. Compression garments should be worn during the initial days and weeks to reduce swelling, increase circulation, and promote healing. Prescription pain medication can be taken to help relieve any discomfort.
ScarsScarring after gynecomastia surgery is limited. The incisions from liposuction are small, and any visible scarring will be minimal. The incisions used for surgical excision are hidden in the shading of the areola. Any visible scarring will fade with time.
CostThe cost of your gynecomastia surgery will vary depending on several factors. These factors include the extent of the procedure and the techniques used as well as anesthesia, facility, and surgical fees. The staff at Coastal Plastic Surgeons will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation.
Gynecomastia Surgery Results
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Frequently Asked Questions
Gynecomastia surgery is a commonly performed, safe procedure. Although rare, potential complications include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Poor scarring