Gynecomastia surgery (sometimes called male breast reduction) eliminates excess tissue in the male chest that has become swollen due to hormonal imbalance or other factors. Swollen male breast tissue is to blame for the appearance of “man boobs”, a condition that can appear in men at any age. Diet and exercise cannot affect this problem, making gynecomastia surgery the only strategy for restoring a more masculine chest. Gynecomastia surgery at The Clinic for Plastic Surgery is performed by some of Houston’s top plastic surgeons, so you can rest assured you will achieve exceptional results.
Gynecomastia surgery is the surgical correction of enlarged or overdeveloped breast tissue in men.
Gynecomastia can significantly affect your sense of self-esteem and overall emotional well-being, sometimes impacting your ability to enjoy activities you love confidently. Gynecomastia can include excess skin, fat, and glandular tissue. At our clinic in Houston gynecomastia surgery involves the removal of such excess tissues in one or both breasts.
Gynecomastia surgery offers men the ability to regain their masculine physique and confidence that has declined due to this condition. In cases where gynecomastia has caused the skin and areola to stretch, male breast reduction surgery can also include surgical improvement of the areola for a more masculine look. With enhanced self-esteem, you can look forward to embracing each opportunity without worrying about the appearance of your chest.
Gynecomastia surgery is an excellent treatment for you if you are a generally healthy, non-smoking man with excess breast tissue resistant to diet and exercise.
Ideally, you should be at or near your goal weight, as significant weight change after surgery may affect your results. In some cases, gynecomastia surgery may be appropriate for adolescents. However, such patients may need further treatment in the future if breast development continues. As always, you should approach your procedure with a positive mindset and realistic expectations.
There are two techniques your surgeon may utilize for your gynecomastia surgery, including liposuction and excision. The type of anesthesia you will need for your procedure will depend on the extent of your surgery.
If your gynecomastia is primarily a product of excess fat tissue, you may be able to resolve your concerns with liposuction alone. In this case, your surgeon will make several very small incisions through which they will insert a thin cannula. Then, carefully moving the cannula back and forth within the treatment area, your surgeon will suction out the excess fat to sculpt a more masculine chest. Finally, your surgeon will close your incisions, apply any necessary dressings, and send you home to begin your recovery. Liposuction is a less invasive treatment option than excision, though it is less effective for men with more significant amounts of excess breast tissue.
Excision may be a more appropriate technique for your gynecomastia surgery if you have excess skin and glandular tissue. Furthermore, excision is the only treatment option if you would like to reduce the size of your areola or reposition the nipple. If you qualify for excision gynecomastia and also have excess fatty breast tissue, your surgeon may include liposuction in your surgery to achieve comprehensive results. The location of your incisions will depend on your specific needs. Once your surgeon has successfully removed your excess breast tissue, they will close and dress your incisions. As soon as you wake up from anesthesia, you will be able to head home to recover.
As gynecomastia surgery can vary greatly depending on each patient’s unique needs, your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions for caring for your incisions. You may also have a drain to prevent fluid from accumulating beneath your skin or a special garment to help your chest heal properly. You should plan to stay home from work for at least one week. Around three weeks after your surgery, you will be able to return to more strenuous activity.
Your results will gradually appear as your swelling and incision lines fade. After your gynecomastia surgery Houston patients can expect to realize their final results within three to six months.
If you are ready to rid your body of excess breast tissue for a more masculine-looking chest, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule your consultation for Houston male breast reduction with one of our board-certified surgeons.
Fortunately, your gynecomastia surgery results will be permanent. However, it is essential to maintain a steady weight to prevent changes to your results.
Generally speaking, recovery from gynecomastia surgery is relatively mild. You may experience some soreness over the first three or so days, but over-the-counter medications are usually effective for relieving any discomfort.
The Clinic for Plastic Surgery loves to be a part of our patients’ journeys. That starts with a consultation. No matter which path you choose, you will feel more knowledgeable and confident about your decision after a meeting with our board-certified Houston plastic surgeons. Schedule a consultation today.