Excessive tissue in the male breast (gynecomastia) is a common condition among men. The exact cause is not known, but hormonal changes, obesity and the use of certain medications and substances all can play a role. The condition often causes embarrassment at exposing a bare chest during participation in sports or at the beach. Gynecomastia surgery reduces breast tissue and creates a more masculine contour for the chest. This surgery is usually associated with a high patient-satisfaction rate, and gynecomastia patients frequently experience improved self-esteem and confidence.
Are You a Good Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?
You are considered a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery if you’re a man who:
• Has overall good health
• Is embarrassed by excess breast tissue and skin
• Is at or near a stable, healthy weight for your build
• Has good skin elasticity
Gynecomastia Surgical Procedure
Gynecomastia surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and typically takes between one and two hours to complete, depending on the complexity. There are two components to gynecomastia: excess fat and excess breast gland. Frequently the breasts can be properly contoured using liposuction techniques for removal of the fatty component. VASER Assisted Liposuction (VAL) is an excellent technique for treating gynecomastia with a high fatty content. With this technique, several small incisions are made either through the edge of the areola, the natural crease of the chest or the armpit and a thin hollow tube called a cannula is inserted and removes the excess fat by vacuum suction. When most of the breast enlargement is due to the gland component, an excision of the breast gland will be performed. This is done through a small incision on the border of the areola (the pigmented area around the nipple) that provides easy access for removal of the gland.
Massive weight loss can result in loose, hanging breasts that detract from a man’s appearance. In these cases the surgical procedure involves removal of the excess skin along with the excess breast tissue and tightening of the remaining breast skin envelope.
Recovery from Gynecomastia Surgery
After surgery, some swelling and bruising of the chest is normal, and should subside within two to three weeks. It is important that the patient rest for the first week after having the procedure so that the chest can begin to heal. Pain medication provided by the doctor can be used at this time to relieve any discomfort. Sutures will be removed by the doctor after the first week, and a compression garment will be worn for several days to weeks following the surgery, depending on the volume of tissue removed.
Most patients can return to work one week after surgery if they have a sedentary job. For jobs that involve physical labor, this time is extended to two weeks. Moderate exercise such as walking and jogging can be resumed two weeks after surgery. Chest and back exercises, including weight lifting, can be resumed after four to six weeks. Sun exposure and tanning beds should be avoided for six weeks after surgery, and a sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher should be used on the chest for up to six months. This will help avoid scar hyperpigmentation, where the incision scars darken in appearance, an effect that may not be reversible. The results of the surgery should be almost immediately noticeable, especially once the swelling has disappeared.
Do You Have More Questions? Schedule a Free Consultation
Are you tired of hiding your chest with hot, uncomfortable clothing, particularly when you want to engage in normal activities like swimming, tanning and playing sports? Are you wondering if having gynecomastia surgery can help? Why not ask your questions and voice your concerns during a personal consultation with one of Allure Plastic Surgery’s experienced surgeons? The same surgeon that discusses your options with you during your consultation will also be the one who plans your procedure and performs your surgery, ensuring that you get individualized care from start to finish by a highly trained, board-certified plastic surgeon. Contact us today and schedule your complimentary consultation by calling (305) 224-8015.