What Can Gynecomastia Surgery Address?
Excess Fat in the Chest
Excess breast tissue in men is often caused by an increase in fat being stored in the breasts. The excess fat can cause a man’s chest to protrude further than he would like. Even if the man maintains a healthy lifestyle, it is possible for fat to develop throughout the chest.
Sagging Breast Skin
When excess fat and glandular tissue develop in the breasts, it can cause the breasts to sag and create an unflattering appearance. Since men typically want a flat, chiseled chest to show off, a loose and sagging breast appearance can throw off their confidence in their bodies.
As the skin of the breasts stretches because of an increase in fatty breast tissue, the areola can also experience some distortion. The ideal male physique typically has a small, tight nipple-areolar complex on a firm chest, so overly large areolas can be a detriment to a man’s body aesthetic.
Gynecomastia Surgery Techniques
When gynecomastia is caused mainly by excess fatty tissue in the breasts, liposuction alone may be enough to correct the problem. This is only used in cases where the patient has strong skin elasticity, which will allow the skin to shrink after the fat has been removed. Otherwise, the patient may experience sagging of the breast tissue.
The excision method is used when gynecomastia is a result of excess skin and/or glandular tissue, which cannot be addressed with liposuction. The incisions will differ between patients based on their specific conditions, but incisions are commonly made along the fold of the breast. Enlarged glandular tissue may be removed, and excess skin is then pulled down to create a tighter chest appearance. This technique is also used when the patient requires a reshaping of the areola.
In severe cases of gynecomastia, excess breast tissue and fat will both be present. When this occurs, both liposuction and excision methods are used to produce an ideal result.
After your procedure, it is possible that a drainage tube will be placed under the skin to prevent any fluid or blood from collecting. Your wounds will be dressed with bandages, and a compression garment may be applied to prevent swelling. The first three days of your recovery are critical. You should refrain from performing any tasks other than light walking or subtle movements. Most patients are able to return to work within a week of recovery. To ensure a speedy and healthy recovery, you should follow all post-operative directions given to you by Dr. Andreasen.
Dr. Andreasen does his best to make incisions in the least noticeable places possible. Your scarring will differ based on which techniques were performed and your unique anatomy. To reduce the appearance of the scar, keep it away from sunlight. All scars will fade with time.
The cost of your gynecomastia surgery will depend on the surgical, facility, and anesthesia fees. You will receive a detailed quote from Dr. Andreasen after your consultation. Qualifying patients are eligible for financing options.
You may experience minor pain and discomfort after your procedure, but these can all be addressed with over-the-counter or prescription medication.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for gynecomastia surgery?
Ideal candidates for gynecomastia surgery are individuals who are otherwise healthy, do not smoke, have realistic expectations for the surgery, and are within their ideal body weight.
How should I prepare for gynecomastia surgery?
If you are planning on having gynecomastia surgery, the first thing you should do is stop smoking. You should also avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs or herbal supplements that can increase bleeding risks.
What are the risks of gynecomastia surgery?
Gynecomastia surgery comes with the same risks of any other surgery. This includes the possibility of anesthesia complications, blood clots, infection, unfavorable scarring, and poor wound healing, to name a few.
How long will my gynecomastia surgery results last?
Gynecomastia surgery results are permanent, but it cannot prevent future breast tissue and fat development. It is possible for an underlying condition to cause further breast enlargement. Typically, if a healthy diet and lifestyle are maintained, the results last a lifetime.