Gynecomastia surgery, also known as male breast reduction surgery, is a procedure performed to treat enlarged breasts in men. Here are five important things to know about gynecomastia surgery.
1. Definition and Causes
Gynecomastia refers to the enlargement of breast tissue in males, leading to a more feminine chest appearance. It can be caused by various factors, including hormonal imbalances, certain medications, genetics, obesity, and underlying medical conditions. Gynecomastia surgery aims to reduce the excess breast tissue and restore a more masculine chest contour.
2. Evaluation and Candidacy
Before considering gynecomastia surgery, it’s crucial to undergo a comprehensive evaluation by a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Koenig or Dr. Amalfi will assess your medical history, perform a physical examination, and may order additional tests to identify the underlying cause of your gynecomastia. Not all cases require surgical intervention, as some may be resolved through alternative treatments such as lifestyle changes.
3. Surgical Techniques
Gynecomastia surgery typically involves the removal of excess breast tissue, fat, and skin. The specific surgical technique used may vary depending on the severity of gynecomastia and the individual patient’s needs. Commonly employed techniques include liposuction, excision (surgical removal of tissue), or a combination of both. Dr. Koenig or Dr. Amalfi will determine the most appropriate approach based on your unique situation.
4. Recovery and Results
Following gynecomastia surgery, you can expect a recovery period that typically lasts a few weeks. Initially, you may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated area. Your surgeon will provide post-operative instructions, including wearing compression garments and avoiding strenuous activities for a specified period. The final results of gynecomastia surgery usually become evident as the swelling subsides, and the incisions heal, but it may take several months for the full outcome to be apparent.
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5. Potential Risks and Complications
As with any surgical procedure, gynecomastia surgery carries some risks and potential complications. These can include bleeding, infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia, scarring, changes in nipple or breast sensation, uneven contours, fluid accumulation, and the need for revision surgery. It is important to discuss these risks with Dr. Koenig or Dr. Amalfi and follow their instructions to minimize the chances of complications.
Remember, gynecomastia surgery is a highly individualized procedure, and its suitability depends on the unique circumstances of each patient. It is essential to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in body contouring to guide you through the process, address your concerns, and determine the best course of action for your specific situation.