Male Chest Reduction/Gynecomastia
Summer is just around the corner and with it comes the dreaded swimsuit season. Many people, men included, are insecure about their bodies. Don’t spend another summer hiding beneath a t-shirt at the beach or by the pool. Come visit us at Allen Aesthetic Surgery in Raleigh, NC and let Dr. Amber Allen sculpt you the perfect beach body!
Did you know?
Gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts, is quite common, affecting up to fifty percent of men at some point in their lifetime. The enlargement of male breasts can be caused by several different factors including certain medications, genetics, estrogen mimickers from environmental chemicals or pollution, a testosterone drop resulting in excess estrogen, an overactive thyroid gland, liver or kidney problems, or vitamin/mineral deficiencies. While there is a wide range of causes, the solution to this commonly occurring problem is relatively simple.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a breast reduction surgery entail?
Breast reduction surgery is the ideal solution for those who have tried diet and exercise and are still not satisfied with their relative breast size. In some individuals, diet and exercise may not be enough, especially if the breast enlargement is caused by excess glandular tissue. The procedure for breast reduction is both effective and non-invasive. Most surgeries utilize a liposuction-type approach which is minimally invasive and results in a faster recovery time. With this approach, one small incision is made on both sides of the chest, either on the areola or in the armpit, while the patient is under general or local anesthesia with sedation. The entirety of the procedure, including fat removal and the reshaping of the chest, is then performed within those incisions.
In some cases, surgical tissue excision may need to be performed. This refers to the surgeon removing pieces of tissue and may be required if there needs to be more glandular tissue or skin removed. Just as with other procedures, the surgeon will try to minimize scarring by placing the incisions along the areola or in the naturally occurring creases of the chest. Despite the potentially larger scar, most men report being satisfied with the procedure.
How long is the recovery process?
Recovery time depends on the extent of the procedure and the individual, however, most men report returning to work within days of the procedure. Most surgeons will require their patients to wear a compression garment for the first few weeks after surgery to provide extra support to the skin and tissue, allowing them to heal correctly and quickly. During this time, Dr. Amber Allen may prescribe pain medication to alleviate soreness, although most patients are content with over the counter painkillers.
Will I be able to partake in any physical activity after surgery?
After the initial recovery, physical activity is usually restricted for up to three weeks and there may be some numbness in certain areas while the nerves recover. The loss of sensation is temporary, but the result from the surgery are long-lasting. Most times, the results will last forever unless the patient experiences excessive weight gain. The best results are usually seen about three months after surgery.
This summer, why not have the perfect beach body? This simple procedure will have you in, out and looking better than ever. Act now and you’ll be seeing your best results just as the summer sun hits the horizon.