Gynecomastia Surgery with Dr. Venkata Erella | Aspira Plastic Surgery
Having a broad, flat chest might be one factor that defines a man’s sense of masculinity. Despite exercising and eating healthily, some men still develop a full chest due to gynecomastia, a condition that is characterized by a deformed, overdeveloped, and more feminine looking chest. If you are looking to correct your gynecomastia and have the masculine chest you’ve dreamed of, look no further.
Dr. Venkata Erella is one of the top plastic surgeons in the Lakeway, Bee Cave, and Austin region of Texas. He is an expertly trained and board-certified Plastic surgeon who strives to provide his patients with personalized plans that are based on their own realistic aesthetic goals.
When considering male breast reduction, it’s essential to understand all aspects of your procedure. Read on to learn more, or feel free to reach out to Dr. Erella with any questions or concerns by calling or scheduling a consultation.
Gynecomastia Surgery at a Glance: What You Need To Know!
- Gynecomastia is a harmless, aesthetic condition that is caused primarily by excess breast tissue that form during puberty.
- Surgery is currently the only procedure that entirely resolves gynecomastia. Diet, hormone therapies, and exercise alone will not correct your gynecomastia, but partnering with Dr. Erella will.
- Erella is double board-certified, highly qualified, and has performed many successful gynecomastia surgeries over the years.
- Erella’s Gynecomastia methods are the most cost-effective in the area and produce high patient satisfaction. His loyal patients love their results!
- Gynecomastia surgery with Dr. Erella boasts a 1-2 day recovery, can be performed with local anesthesia, has virtually no scarring, and revives patients’ peace of mind.
- Gynecomastia surgery aims to resolve physical and mental issues caused by excess breast tissue along with the fat.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia can occur at any age and be the result of hormonal changes, certain health conditions, heredity, obesity, or prescription drugs. More common than we realize, it affects about 36% of young men and 57% of older men in the United States.
The breasts may enlarge unevenly and have a slight tenderness to the touch, beginning with a small nodule or lump under the areola. This excess breast tissue (glandular tissue) under the nipple can cause discomfort, is often only on one side, and is not responsive to diet or exercise. Most of the time, breast tissue (glandular tissue) is surrounded by excess fat, with or without loose skin. While the trigger for gynecomastia could be caused by a decrease in testosterone or an increase in estrogen, its underlying cause is generally unknown.
Apart from physical discomfort, gynecomastia can cause emotional distress and impair a person’s self-confidence. This may lead some men to avoid certain physical activities and intimacy to hide their condition.
Gynecomastia may be characterized by:
- Excess breast tissue (glandular tissue)
- Excess fat in the chest
- Excessive amounts of breast skin
- Found unilaterally (one breast) or bilaterally (both breasts)
- A combination of all of the above or some
What is Male Breast Reduction and What are the Key Benefits?
Male breast reduction, or gynecomastia surgery, is the most effective treatment for enlarged male breasts. This cosmetic surgery eliminates excess fat and glandular tissue, while also restoring a flatter, firmer, and more masculine shape to the chest.
Aside from the physical results, the benefits of this procedure are widely considered to be very mentally satisfying. Men often feel that a burden has been lifted off of them and that they can now go to the beach, pool, and other public places without having to be self-conscious of their condition.
Am I a Good Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?
While gynecomastia surgery candidates share many characteristics, the most common of these include:
- Men who have concerns about excess breast tissue or enlarged breasts
- Individuals in good health with asymmetry of enlarged breasts
- Men who are physically healthy, of relatively normal weight, and who have realistic expectations
Personalized Care. Honest Approach.
Dr. Venkata Erella is double board-certified, highly respected, and takes a patient-centered approach to care that has made him a valued member of the Austin, TX community for many years. Contact us today to learn how Dr. Erella can help you reach your ideal look!
What Should I Expect During My Consultation for Gynecomastia Surgery?
When you meet with Dr. Erella, be prepared to discuss all aspects of the procedure, including:
- Any medical conditions you might have as well as any drug allergies, supplements, prescriptions, as well as alcohol and recreational drug use
- Any previous surgeries you may have had
Besides evaluating your general health status, conducting a breast examination, and taking photographs, Dr. Erella will also:
- Discuss in detail your surgery options, the course of treatment, and the use of anesthesia during your procedure
- Outline the likely outcomes of the gynecomastia correction and any risks or potential complications you might encounter
- Explain the expected recovery period, and the kind of help that will be available during your recovery
How Should I Prepare for My Gynecomastia Surgery?
When preparing for your surgery, you may be:
- Sent for lab testing or a medical evaluation
- Provided certain medications or have your current medications adjusted
- Asked to stop smoking and avoid taking aspirin and other drugs and supplements as they may increase the risk of bleeding
You will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from your surgery and to be with you the night after your procedure.
What Are My Gynecomastia Treatment Options?
More extreme cases of gynecomastia may require surgical skin excision to achieve optimal results. Patients with stretched, sagging skin around the breasts will usually need this approach. Tissue excisions will allow Dr. Erella to remove a more substantial amount of glandular tissue and skin, which cannot be successfully removed with liposuction alone.
When treated with liposuction, gynecomastia is typically performed using local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure requires a small incision that we will make on each side of your chest. Alternatively, this incision could be on the edge of your areola or within the armpit. It is through these incisions that Dr. Erella will remove excess fat while at the same time sculpting a new chest contour that looks natural to your body. Liposuction is effective for fat removal but not for glandular tissue.
There are various liposuction techniques, and Dr. Erella usually uses Smartlipo, which not only removes fat but tightens the skin.
Gynecomastia is most commonly treated by a combination of both liposuction and excision. Liposuction removes the fat and contours the chest, while excision will remove the glandular tissue. This technique gives the best results by far.
What Should I Expect During My Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery?
Immediately following your gynecomastia surgery, we will apply bandages to your incisions. You may be required to wear a compression garment for the first few weeks after surgery, as this minimizes swelling and provides support to the tissues as they heal. We typically discourage vigorous exercise for about three weeks, but it’s possible to resume other normal activities within several days. In extreme cases a small, thin tube may be temporarily inserted under the skin of your chest to drain any excess blood or fluid that may pool in your incision site.
Dr. Erella will provide specific instructions and medications to aid with your healing. When you follow up with Dr. Erella, be sure to ask any questions that might have come up since your procedure.
These questions might include:
- What medication can I expect to be prescribed?
- How do I take care of my bandages and dressings, and when will they be removed?
- Are stitches to be removed, and if so, when?
- When should I return for follow-up care?
The final results of gynecomastia surgery are intended to be permanent. To maintain your results, you should avoid any of the medications or weight gain that might have contributed towards your gynecomastia in the first place.
Following Dr. Erella’s instructions is essential to ensure the success of your surgery. Immediately report any chest pains, shortness of breath, or unusual heartbeat.
What Results Should I Expect After My Gynecomastia Surgery?
Your results are immediately visible! Post-surgical swelling and incision lines will start fading soon after your procedure. You should notice an immediate improvement in the appearance and shape of your chest, and any pain or discomfort is usually minimal. Continue to wear your compression garment as this will enhance your comfort and help with your healing.
Be prepared to wait 3-6 months to enjoy the final results of your surgery. Keep in mind that the incision lines, although permanent, will continue to fade over time. If you experience any complications along the way or require additional tightening or repositioning of the breasts, this might require another surgery.
Your Gynecomastia Plan with Dr. Venkata Erella
Aside from having expert knowledge in his field of study, Dr. Erella takes a patient-centered approach to ensure that his patients receive the best care possible before, during, and after their gynecomastia procedure. If you would like to speak with Dr. Erella personally about what he can do for you, call (512) 730-3885 or schedule a consultation today!
Cost varies depending on the complexity of the case, and a specific quote will be given to you after a consultation. Dr. Erella offers the best and most cost-effective gynecomastia surgery options in the area. When the best surgeon in the area also truly cares about his patients and his profession, it is a win-win for everyone.
You do not need to have any diagnostic testing. Dr. Erella will be able to make a simple assessment in the consultation room to see if you will benefit from gynecomastia surgery.
Fortunately, gynecomastia will not physically harm you in any way. It is a purely aesthetic issue, and definitely not a malignant formation of any kind. The main problem with gynecomastia stems from anxiety, self-consciousness, and any other psychological factors that may accompany the condition.
The reality is that none of these options are proven to work at all. Only surgical intervention by an expert like Dr. Erella can give you the results you want.
When you choose Dr. Erella as your surgeon, your risks will be minimal. Dr. Erella has performed this procedure successfully for many years and will follow every precaution needed to keep you safe. That said, there are some possible side effects of the operation that have a low chance of manifesting. Dr. Erella will inform you on all the potential risks during your consultation.
While it ultimately depends on the extent and specific strategy that Dr. Erella will use for your surgery, he can use either a local or general anesthesia. Dr. Erella cares about your well-being first and foremost and will let you know which option will be the safest, best, and most cost-effective for you.
Both Pseudo Gynecomastia and gynecomastia are caused by a hormone imbalance resulting in the enlargement of the breasts. The difference between the two conditions is that pseudo gynecomastia is due to an excess of stubborn fat in the pectoral region of the chest. In contrast, gynecomastia is the result of an excessive amount of breast tissue as well as fat.
Gynecomastia may be resolved by shedding excess weight, though it is rarely successful. Exercise can not get rid of glandular tissue, but to a certain extent can help you lose fat. Still, the patient’s goal should be to be within ten pounds of an easily maintainable weight before receiving any kind of gynecomastia surgery.