The formation of excess fatty tissue around the pectorals and enlarged glandular breast tissue in men is commonly known as gynecomastia. This medical condition may occur for a number of reasons, including diet, medication, steroids, and thyroid disorders, and it is often benign. However, for many men, developing enlarged male breasts is embarrassing. For most, firm and toned chests are the ideal. Gynecomastia surgery effectively eliminates the excess tissue in overdeveloped male breasts to provide a more attractive contour to the chest.
A: Most gynecomastia surgeries can be performed using local anesthesia with oral sedation for a safe and comfortable procedure.
A: Male breasts may be the results of weight gain, so it is advised that patients attempt to reduce the size of their breasts through diet and exercise. If this doesn’t work and you are unhappy with your appearance as a result of your gynecomastia, you may want to consider surgical correction. It should also be noted that rapid and unexpected tissue growth around the breasts can be the result of an underlying medical condition, so patients who have experienced this should see their primary physician to ensure they are healthy before undergoing gynecomastia surgery.
A: Initially, you may experience some minor bruising and swelling around your chest. You may be required to wear a compression garment following your surgery to improve your results. You should limit your physical activity during your recovery period. Most patients return to work within one to two weeks, and most major swelling should subside after eight to twelve weeks. It is common to have decreased sensitivity around the chest for several months following your procedure.
A: Patients who only require liposuction will have very minimal scarring on the chest. Those who undergo more extensive correction will likely have a scar along the natural contour of pectorals. While most incisions are placed in creases to mask their appearance, scarring may develop. Most visible scars are likely to fade over time.
A: Gynecomastia surgery provides long-lasting result for most patients. However, a poor diet and lifestyle can cause gynecomastia to develop again. Discuss with your doctor how best to prevent future development of enlarged breast tissue.
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Élan Institute for Plastic Surgery
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