About 40 to 60 percent of men are affected by gynecomastia – a very normal condition that causes a buildup of excess fat or enlargement of the breasts that is unresponsive to diet and exercise. Sometimes, gynecomastia resolves itself; however, in many cases, the condition will need treatment in order to recontour the area.
Gynecomastia is a very common physical condition that affects a large number of men in the U.S. Typically beginning in adolescence, gynecomastia is characterized by an excess of fat, skin, and/or glandular tissue in the area of the breasts, making them appear enlarged.
Gynecomastia can have serious effects on one’s self-esteem. Treatments such as male breast reduction can effectively reduce excess fat and tissue in the breast area for a more contoured appearance. Effective treatment for gynecomastia can help men feel better about their appearance after removing their shirts, running, and working out in the gym.
Who Can Benefit from Male Breast Reduction?
Good candidates for gynecomastia treatment include men who are in reasonably good physical and emotional health.
Men who are experiencing very low self-esteem due to gynecomastia.
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Men who have tried dieting, exercise, or alternative treatments and have not achieved desired results for gynecomastia.
For men with excess fatty tissue in the chest area, liposuction alone may be used to reduce breast size. During treatment, a cannula will be inserted into the treatment area through small incisions to suction out excess fat.
In cases where gynecomastia is the result of excess glandular tissue, excision techniques are used. Incision patterns will vary depending on anatomy and surgical preference.
In many cases, a combination of laser liposuction and the removal of excess breast tissue in the chest can yield good results without leaving any noticeable scars. Dr. Erella is very skilled with this procedure and will work diligently to ensure that any residual scarring is virtually undetectable.
What Should I Expect During a Consultation for Gynecomastia?
During your consultation for gynecomastia surgery with Dr. Erella, you’ll discuss any medical concerns or lifestyle choices that could be causing enlarged breasts. In some cases, gynecomastia can be treated by simply making adjustments or waiting, so it’s important to explore these options before opting for surgery. You’ll also discuss Dr. Erella’s recommendations for the surgery itself, including incisions and removal techniques. Finally, be given detailed aftercare instructions to follow to make sure your recovery goes smoothly and successfully.
What Questions Should I Ask My Plastic Surgeon About Gynecomastia Surgery?
You will have the chance to ask any questions you might have during your consultation appointment. Some patients find it helpful to write down questions ahead of their appointment so that they don’t forget anything. Common questions about gynecomastia surgery include:
- What type of training have you had?
- What certifications do you hold?
- How many years have you been performing gynecomastia surgery?
- What results can I reasonably expect from gynecomastia surgery?
- What will I need to do after surgery to maintain results?
- What techniques will you use for my gynecomastia surgery?
- Are there any risks or complications associated with gynecomastia surgery?
- What can I expect during recovery?
- Can I review before-and-after photos of previous patients?
- What options do I have if the surgery is not successful or I am not satisfied with my results?
- You will likely be able to resume normal daily activities within a few days.
- You will need to wear a compression garment for a few days to facilitate healing.
- Dr. Erella will advise you to refrain from heavy lifting or strenuous activity for a few weeks after surgery.
Incision patterns will differ depending on your individual anatomy and the amount of fat and tissue that needs to be removed. Dr. Erella will work to minimize any excess scarring. However, scars are likely to fade over time.
The cost of male breast reduction will vary based on the region, the practice, the amount of fat or tissue that needs to be removed, and the technique used. Price can be determined during your consultation with Dr. Erella.
Discomfort levels following surgery will vary from person to person, however, for many, the pain is mild. Any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication and swelling can be reduced with compression garments.
Gynecomastia Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Surgical Process Discreet?
Dr. Erella understands that, for many men, even seeking treatment for gynecomastia can cause them a feeling of self-consciousness. That’s why he puts a very high emphasis on offering confidential consultations and the most discrete treatment process possible. He will be happy to meet with you and talk about your options. Gynecomastia is a very treatable condition and male breast reduction procedures can provide you with exceptional results. Please call Dr. Erella at (512) 730-3885 to schedule a private, complimentary consultation to discuss treatment for gynecomastia.
Are the Results Permanent?
After fat cells are removed from one area of the body they will nor regenerate themselves. However, if you were to gain a dramatic amount of weight, it is possible that some fat could be distributed back to the breasts. Of course, individual results will vary.
How Long Until I Can See Final Results?
Results from gynecomastia surgery can usually be seen within 4-6 months. The appearance of scars and the softness of the breast tissue will also continue to improve.
Is Gynecomastia Genetic?
Some disorders involving the male sex organs and hormones may lead to gynecomastia. Depending on the disorder, it could be genetic. Gynecomastia is not solely caused by genetics.
Can Gynecomastia Turn Into Cancer?
The risk of developing male breast cancer is very small. Most often, this condition is caused by hormonal changes.
Can Gynecomastia Go Away with Exercise?
Exercise helps to get rid of excess fat. Gynecomastia is caused by additional breast tissue, not fat from being overweight. Exercise will not help to reduce the breast tissue in gynecomastia.